HoF Bio: Lucien Mias
A great innovator and thinker, Lucien Mias was an outstanding lock forward and described as “the captain of captains”.
The immensely powerful Mias won 29 caps for France from 1951-59, captaining the team in his final six tests. He would undoubtedly have won more caps had he not taken a two-year break to concentrate on his medical studies.
Led by Mias, France became the first touring side to win a test series in South Africa in 1958, and a year later he captained Les Bleus to their first Five Nations outright title win.
A stalwart and captain of Sporting Club Mazamet, ‘Docteur Pack’ pushed back the boundaries of forwards play and is credited with the concept of getting over the ‘advantage line’ and introducing the skill of passing the ball out of contact.
Mias, a legend of French rugby, became a respected TV commentator on his retirement.