n These fine young men were the Rugby Lions of 1946/47.
The picture belongs to Brian Hawkins, who is second from the left on the front row.
He would have been 21 when it was taken in front of Rugby Cricket Club pavilion in Webb Ellis Road on March 20, 1947 at their game against R.E.M.E (Arborfield). The pavilion was their hospitality bar after the matches and is still there, used by the cricketers today.
That day Lions won 10-0, which the match reporter ‘Captain Cuttle’ in the Rugby Advertiser said was largely due to the return to the team of Deryk Jones and skilful play of Gordon Haggett at fly-half.
The first try came from Robinson kicking over the line for Starmer to score and Edwards converted.
After going close several times, wing three-quarter Hawkins then scored a ‘very unusual try’. He had tried a drop at goal and the ball glanced off a defender over the goal line.
While another defender was debating with himself whether to touch down of not, Hawkins came up at great speed and scored. Edwards again converted.
Mr Hawkins, who now lives in Willoughby, said most of the team were locals who lived in Rugby with a few who had moved here to work at BTH on graduate or apprentice schemes.
One player Rugby Lions supporters will recognise is the late John Llewellyn, who is fourth from left on the back row. He went on to be club president from 1990 to 1995.
n Rugby Lions 1946/47 (back from left) Teddy Hazelmere, Charlie Greaves, E Johnson, John Llewellyn, Pete Appleby, Stan Elliot, Stan Robinson, Alec Starmer, Peter Tyrrell, Eric Broadwell and Harry Snape.
(Front) Brian Edwards, Brian Hawkins, Walter Ramsey, Gordon Haggett, Arthur Hart, Deryck Jones and G Worrall.
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