|Full name||Ronald Cove Smith|
|Date of birth||26 November 1899|
|Place of birth||Edmonton, Middlesex|
|Date of death||9 March 1988(aged 88)|
|Place of death||Brighton, England|
|School||Merchant Taylors' School|
|University||Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge|
|Rugby union career|
|Years||Club / team|
|Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
Old Merchant Taylors
King's College Hospital RFC
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
Dr Ronald Cove-Smith (born 26 November 1899, Edmonton, Middlesex – 9 March 1988, Brighton) was a distinguished English physician and sportsman. He represented Old Merchant Taylors and King's College Hospital RFC. Internationally he represented the England national rugby union team in 29 tests (1921–1929) (seven as captain) and also captained the British Isles in four tests on the 1924 British Lions tour to South Africa as a lock. He finished on the winning side in 22 of his 29 England matches. He was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards from 1918–1919. In addition to rugby he excelled at swimming and water-polo, winning half-blues in each.
Cove-Smith was a talented schoolboy player at Merchant Taylors School, and carried that talent through to university, playing in three Varsity Matches for Cambridge University from 1919–1921, winning his sporting 'Blues'. He led the 1924 British Lions tour to South Africa, losing three of the four tests and drawing one. As captain, he led England to the 1928 Grand Slam and he was inducted onto the World Rugby Museum Wall of Fame in 2001.
He also led a distinguished medical career and served as a vice-president of the British Medical Association.
In 1933, he married Florence Margaret Harris. Together, they had three children: Rona Cove-Smith (now Blythe), Penelope Cove-Smith (now Newell-Price) and John Rodney Cove-Smith. Penelope and Rodney followed in their father's footsteps by reading medicine and Rona followed her mother in becoming a nurse, later co-authoring "Guidelines for Clinical Nursing Practices: Related to a Nursing Model".
- The English Rugby Museum
- England Rugby Photo Store
- The England Rugby Wall of Fame
- International Rugby Career
- The Royal College of Physicians
|English National Rugby Union Captain
1928 – Feb 1929
|British & Irish Lions Captain