Letter: Clive Rowlands obituary


Clive Rowlands was a rugby soccer genius. As a global participant, his interpretation and utility (some mentioned “abuse”; others mentioned “wit and ability”) of the legal guidelines of the sport provoked modifications within the touch-kicking and lineout laws. His teaching of the nationwide group introduced success and established the platform for the golden period of the Nineteen Seventies.

He was additionally a pleasant man, with a powerful sensible dedication to the neighborhood, a beautiful inventory of uproarious tales and a dry sense of humour.

Within the 1990 England v Wales match at Twickenham, Wales had conceded 16 factors within the first half and England have been operating away with the sport. Clive was Welsh Rugby Union president that yr and he and I have been within the posh seats.

Because the referee blew for halftime, a glum, ironic Clive mentioned to me: “That is worse than I anticipated – I suppose that’s my bloody knighthood gone endlessly.” I responded with: “Don’t fear, a Labour authorities will see you on the palace”. Immediately, he got here again with: “I hope you’re proper in regards to the election – however, except you imply the theatre in Swansea, I’ll inform my missus to not purchase a brand new hat.”

It’s a pity, however “Prime Cat” was right once more.


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