Gaston Lane

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Gaston Lane
Full name Gaston Lane
Date of birth (1883-01-31)31 January 1883
Place of birth Paris, France
Date of death 23 September 1914(1914-09-23) (aged 31)
Place of death Lironville
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Rugby union career
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

Gaston Lane (31 January 1883 – 23 September 1914) was a French rugby union player. He was 1 m 68 cm tall and weighed 68 kg.

He played right wing three quarter (later centre) for Racing club de France and for the French national team; at first he also played for AS Bois-Colombes then for the Paris Cosmopolitan Club.

He played in the first French international and was capped ten times, along with Marcel Communeau.

He was a tradesman. He was killed on the front in Moselle at the start of the First World War.

He was an excellent club rugby player, and also occasionally contributed articles to Sporting.




Gaston Lane was first selected for the French national team for the 1 January 1906 match against the All-Blacks, the first French Test match.



  • Second place in French national rugby championship, 1912 with Racing club de France, and captain, alongside Géo André and Pierre Failliot, who also played three quarters.


  • 16 caps.
  • 1 try (3 points).
  • Caps by year: 2 in 1906, 1 in 1907, 2 in 1908, 3 in 1909, 2 in 1910, 2 in 1911, 3 in 1912, 1 in 1913.
  • Participated in the first official France match against the All Blacks in their first European tour.
  • Captain five times (in 1906, 1910, 1912 & 1913), and captain of the French first XV in the first Five Nations Championship, against Wales at Swansea in 1910 (the second was Marcel Communeau in the next match).
  • He was in 4 seasons of the Five Nations Championship in the pre-war period.
  • First victory against a Home Nations team, Scotland, in the second French Five Nations Championship, in 1911.


  • Godwin, Terry Complete Who's Who of International Rugby (Cassell, 1987, ISBN 0-7137-1838-2)

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