Sam Doble

In 1977 The untimely death of Sam Doble was marked by a match against the full British Lions side, The Rugby Writers International XV, arguably the finest team ever to play in the British Isles.

Sam Doble may have only won three caps for his country, but he was one of the game's most popular characters and his tragically early death in 1977 at the age of 33 was mourned throughout English rugby. In the 1971/72 domestic season he scored an astonishing 581 points for Moseley on his way to a career total of 3,651, being top scorer in senior British rugby for five seasons.

Sam on Sporting - here
1977 Teamsheet - here
1977 memories 1, supporters view - here
1977 memories 2, Independent view - here
Memorial brochure - The cover - here
Memorial brochure - Sam's place in the top six - here
Memorial brochure - John White recalls the man - here
Memorial brochure - Keith Fairbrother - How Sam changed the game - here
Walk of Legends - here

International Rugby Writers XV - Who's who?

15 J P R Williams (Bridgend/Wales) 14 P J Squires (Harrogate/England) 13 S P Fenwick (Bridgend/Wales) 12 T G R Davies (Cardiff/Wales) 11 A R Irvine (Heriot's FP/Scotland) 10 P Bennett (Llanelli/Wales) 9 G O Edwards (Cardiff/Wales) 1 F E Cotton (Sale/England) 2 P J Wheeler (Leicester/England) 3 G Price (Pontypool/Wales) 4 W B Beaumont (Fylde/England) 5 A J Martin (Aberavon/Wales) 6 T J Cobner (Pontypool/Wales) 8 D L Quinnell (Llanelli/Wales) 7 A Neary (Broughton Park/England)

Replacements A D Lewis (London Welsh) A G Faulkner (Pontypool/Wales) R W Windsor (Pontypool/Wales)


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