World Rugby Hall of Fame - Induction No.126 – Sydney John Dawes (London Welsh, Barbarians, Wales, British and Irish Lions) 1940-

One of 12 legends inducted at the opening of the World Rugby Hall of Fame in Rugby on 17 November, 2016

Born: 29 June, 1940 in Chapel of Ease, Martinique

A master tactician, Welshman John Dawes left an indelible mark on British rugby during the 1970s as both captain and coach.

The playmaker only scored four international tries in 26 tests for Wales and the Lions but created countless others with his ability to put team-mates into space.

Dawes was a member of Wales’ Triple Crown-winning side of 1965 but it wasn’t until the 1970s that his ability was fully appreciated. Not only did he guide Wales to a Grand Slam in 1971, the London Welsh captain also led the Lions to their first series win in New Zealand. 

In 1973, he captained the Barbarians in their famous Twickenham win against the touring All Blacks, playing a hand in Gareth Edwards’ try.

Dawes’ reign as Wales coach was the most successful in their history, capped by two more Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978. He also coached the Lions in New Zealand in 1977.

Inducted in November 2016