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John Dawes


Physical Education 1963

After qualifying as a teacher, John devoted his life to rugby. He joined the London Welsh RFC where he remained as captain and coach until 1971, achieving 22 Caps for Wales. Today he is the Club’s President.


In 1971, John captained the legendary British and Irish Lions for their tour of New Zealand. His team was the first to win a series in New Zealand. In 1972, his achievements in sport were recognised by an OBE.


Dawes became coach of the Welsh national side in 1974, a post he held until 1979. This was a successful period in Welsh rugby, with the team winning the Five Nations Championship four times in the five seasons between 1975 and 1979, including two Grand Slams.