Lions Greats: Carwyn James

On this day (10th of January) in 1983, one of the greatest coaches in Rugby Union, Carwyn James died aged fifty-three.

Carwyn James was the Lions coach on the famous 1971 tour to New Zealand, the first test series win for the Lions against the mighty All Blacks. Only a year later, he led Llanelli Rugby Club to a famous victory once again over New Zealand.

Despite being one of the most successful coaches in world rugby, he never had the opportunity of coaching Wales. This was not because he didn’t want to coach his own country, but due to the fact that the Welsh Rugby Union did not feel he was suitable for the job.

Despite not becoming Wales’s rugby coach, he represented his country twice on the pitch as an Outside Half.

The general consensus is that this coach was way ahead of his time.

Here’s a great video portraying his life from BBC Wales’s documentary series ‘Welsh Greats’.


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