The world rugby dismisses a legend like the Welshman John Dawes, who led the Lions to their only series win over New Zealand in 1971. He played four games for the British and Irish team and added 22 appearances for Wales.
As a center At 23, he made his international debut against Ireland in Dublin in 1964 and his storied career included being his country’s captain and coach that included Grand Slam titles.
“Unfortunately, we have some very sad news to report. After a period of poor health, John Dawes passed away this morning ”, said his former club Newbridge in a statement posted on social media. “Everyone in the oval world was aware of John’s story and his great achievements in rugby. The condolences of all at Newbridge RFC go to John’s family at this sad time, ”the statement concluded.
Dawes, who played for both London Welsh and Newbridge, was a central figure in Wales’ glory years of the 1970s. His most successful year on the pitch was also his last, as he announced his international retirement at 1971 after winning the Grand Slam and captaining a 2-1 series win against the All Blacks.
Two years later he enjoyed more success against New Zealand as he led the Barbarians to their famous 23-11 victory at Cardiff Arms Park. Dawes became Wales coach in 1974 and was the mastermind of the Grand Slam championships in 1976 and 1978.