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Dr Jack Matthews Wales rugby legend dies

  • 18 July 2012
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Dr Jack Matthews
Dr Jack Matthews partnered Bleddyn Williams at centre for Wales

Former Wales and Lions centre Dr Jack Matthews has died aged 92.

Matthews was part of a legendary Welsh midfield partnership alongside Bleddyn Williams.

Ex-Newport and Cardiff star Matthews was also a doctor on the 1980 Lions tour of South Africa.

Matthews, who was made an OBE in 2001, played 17 times for Wales and skippered the side against France in Paris in 1951. He was also captain of Cardiff for four seasons.

He played six test matches for the Lions on the 1950 tour of Australia and New Zealand, earning the nick-name "Iron Man" for his crash tackling.

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