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Alun Pask

PE with History, 1960

Born in Monmouthshire on 10th September 1937 Alun Pask attended Pontllanfraith Grammar School and Loughborough College. Pask became a Welsh International Rugby Union player in 1961 and continued to play international rugby until 1967, winning 26 caps and captaining Wales six times. His performances during the Triple Crown test of 1962 won him a place on the British Lions tours to South Africa in 1962 and Australia and New Zealand in 1966.

Alun Pask began his playing career as a Welsh Secondary School International in 1955 before attending Loughborough from 1957 until 1960, where he honed his skills at the eminent rugby academy which has nurtured many international players. At 6ft 3in and 15st Alun was a fine sight and often attacked the play, carrying the ball in one hand in a manner later associated with the Fijians.

He was granted a debut for Wales as a late replacement flanker against France in 1961, scoring a try. He went on to win 26 caps and his reputation as a cerebral player, reliant more on pace coupled with tactical and positional sense, rather than brute force, won him favour among his peers.

Alun was selected to represent the Barbarians in three matches, including against New Zealand in 1964 and by 1965 Pask was the Welsh pack leader in the team captained by Clive Rowlands beating England, Scotland and Ireland to win the Triple Crown for the first time in 13 years. He became captain the following year leading Wales to victories over England and Scotland. Scoring a memorable try at Twickenham with a swallow dive to the corner which was immortalised in a widely reproduced photograph.