Wales rugby legend Clive Rowlands – who led them to 3rd place at 1987 World Cup and coached British and Irish Lions to victory in Australia – dies aged 85
- Rowlands performed 14 instances as a scrum-half for Wales, all of them as captain
- As Wales coach, he guided the group to a primary Grand Slam in 19 years in 1971
- He masterminded victory for the Lions on their 1989 tour of Australia
Clive Rowlands was the mastermind behind one of many biggest eras in Welsh rugby historical past and the person generally known as ‘Prime Cat’ was heralded as such after his loss of life on Sunday on the age of 85.
Rowlands coached Wales between 1968 and 1974 and introduced the very best out of legendary names Sir Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, Phil Bennett, Gerald Davies and Barry John.
The nice Edwards and Williams have persistently praised Rowlands’ teaching experience – one thing which is commonly forgotten when Wales followers look again on the big successes of the Seventies.
Edwards mentioned on Sunday: ‘He may speak anyone into doing something. His ardour, his want and his data of the sport meant he had all of the attributes for the little time that we had in preparation.
‘Clive grew to become an integral a part of my early years within the Welsh group and certainly we have been very profitable as a result of I bear in mind in his first season we received the Triple Crown.’
Rugby legend Clive Rowlands, who performed and coached the Wales group in addition to serving as WRU president, has died on the age of 85
Rowlands (proper) managed the British and Irish Lions to victory in Australia in 1989
Rowlands would usually coach his Welsh facet on Aberavon seashore at a time when his star gamers held down jobs in rugby’s newbie period.
‘What a Welshman he was,’ John mentioned, paying tribute to Rowlands. ‘Welsh rugby, and the Welsh Rugby Union particularly, owes him an enormous debt of gratitude for his big contribution to the sport as a participant, coach and administrator.
‘When he walked into the dressing room earlier than a sport he did not discuss what we have been going to do and the way we have been going to play. All of the chat was concerning the Welsh issue.
‘He by no means overplayed it, though I bear in mind being at Twickenham for a sport in opposition to England when he instructed us it was such an essential sport ‘that even the canine are barking in Welsh’.
‘He had the assumption that when he despatched his group on to the sector all of them knew how fortunate they have been to be taking part in for Wales. In his eyes, 15 Welshmen have been at all times higher than any opposition.’
Rowlands pictured throughout the 1989 Lions tour
Rowlands received 14 caps for Wales as a scrum-half, all of which remarkably got here as captain. As his nation’s coach, he received a Triple Crown in 1969 and a Grand Slam in 1971 and was famend for his passionate, motivational strategies. He received 18 of 29 video games in command of Wales.
The WRU mentioned: ‘We ship the sincerest condolences from everybody related with the sport in Wales to Clive’s household and pals and thank him for his immense contribution to our sport.’
Talking on behalf of the present Wales set-up, who’re at present in Turkey coaching forward of the World Cup, defence coach Mike Forshaw added: ‘Clive was a terrific rugby man and our ideas are together with his household and pals. They’ve been in everybody’s ideas right here in Turkey.’
After a profitable teaching profession, Rowlands – who fought critical sickness as a baby to develop into a Check worldwide – moved into rugby administration having been a instructor by commerce.
He was Wales group supervisor after they completed third on the inaugural World Cup in 1987 and two years later, crammed the same function because the British & Irish Lions beat Australia 2-1.
Rowlands was additionally president of the WRU within the 1989-90 season and Welsh Sports activities Persona of the Yr in 1965. He captained Wales to the Triple Crown in 1965.
‘David Nash was the primary nationwide coach, however his character was a bit gentle. Clive was the full reverse. He was abrasive, assured and Welsh to the core,’ John added.
‘He was made for the job. He was additionally lucky a bunch of excellent gamers turned up with the same mindset, however his involvement was key to our success. ‘Along with his loss of life, a real chunk of Welsh life has gone.’