Author Topic: John Dawes (1940-2021)  (Read 213 times)

Wowbagger

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John Dawes (1940-2021)
« on: 16 April, 2021, 08:49:40 pm »
Bugger. He really was an all-time great and, in my view, never received the accolades he deserved.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56776411
Bach without a doubt.

Re: John Dawes (1940-2021)
« Reply #1 on: 16 April, 2021, 08:52:42 pm »
Wow, I'm really surprised to find out that he had relatively few caps, even allowing for the fact that there were fewer matches.  It says a lot for his calibre thsat he was chosen to lead the Lions.  RIP.

Wowbagger

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Re: John Dawes (1940-2021)
« Reply #2 on: 16 April, 2021, 11:56:49 pm »
I think a great deal of his reputation rested on him being an outstanding strategist. When he was at London Welsh, they seemed to be pretty well invincible. The Wales team of the 1970s was largely based on them, plus the Pontypool Front Row.

My dad was always proud of the fact that some pretty significant people followed him through the Lewis School, Pengam*. As well as John Dawes, there was Tony Lewis and Neil Kinnock. Not a lot to be proud of with the last one though...

*"The Winchester of Wales", according to David Lloyd George. Except, of course, it wasn't a fee-paying establishment.
Bach without a doubt.