Robert Alexander (rugby union and cricket)

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Robert Alexander
Date of birth 24 September 1910
Place of birth Belfast
Ireland
Date of death 19 July 1943
University Queen's University Belfast
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
RUC
North of Ireland FC
Cricket
Queen's University CC
North of Ireland CC
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ulster 0
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

1932

1936-1939
1938
Cricket
Ireland
Rugby union
Ireland
British Lions
Barbarians

1

11
3



0(3)
0(?)
0

Captain Robert Alexander (24 September 1910, Belfast, Ireland – 19 July 1943, near Catania, Sicily) is former Irish rugby union and cricket player who represented Ireland at both sports during the 1930s. He also played rugby for both the British Lions and the Barbarians. Alexander, an RUC officer, was killed in action during the Second World War while serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.[1][2]

Rugby international[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Between 1936 and 1939 Alexander made 11 appearances and scored 1 try for Ireland. He made his debut in a 6-3 win against England on 8 February 1936 at Lansdowne Road. On 27 February 1937, again at Lansdowne, he scored his one try for Ireland in an 11-4 win against Scotland. He made his last appearance for Ireland on 11 March 1939 in a 7-0 defeat against Wales at Ravenhill.[3][4][5]

British Lions[edit]

In 1938 Alexander, together with fellow Ireland international Paddy Mayne, was also a member of the British Lions squad that went on a tour of South Africa.[1][6]

Cricket international[edit]

As a cricketer, Alexander was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He played once for Ireland in a first-class match against Scotland on 18 June 1932[7][8][9]

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