John Dods (rugby union)

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John Dods
Full name John Henry Dods
Date of birth (1875-09-30)30 September 1875
Place of birth Glasgow
Date of death 30 December 1915(1915-12-30) (aged 40)
Place of death Cromarty Firth
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1895–1897  Scotland 8 0

John Henry "Harry" Dods (30 September 1875 – 30 December 1915) was a Scottish rugby union player.[1] He was capped eight times for Scotland between 1895–1897.[1] He also played for Edinburgh Academicals.[1] He was the brother of Francis Dods who was also capped for Scotland.[1]

Dods was killed along with his wife and three children, whilst on board HMS Natal, which suffered a series of explosions, killing hundreds of people.

Early life[edit]

Rugby career[edit]

Following the trials match on 28 December 1894, Dods was again selected for Scotland, to play against Wales on 25 January 1895.[2]

International appearances[edit]

Opposition Score Result Date Venue Ref(s)
 Wales 5–4 Won 26 January 1895 Edinburgh [3]
 Ireland 6–0 Won 2 March 1895 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh [4]
 England 3–6 Won 9 March 1895 Richmond [5]
 Wales 6–0 Lost 25 January 1896 Cardiff [6]
 Ireland 0–0 Draw 15 February 1896 Lansdowne Road, Dublin [7]
 England 11–0 Won 14 March 1896 Glasgow [8]
 Ireland 8–3 Won 20 February 1897 Powderhall, Edinburgh [9]
 England 12–3 Lost 13 March 1897 Manchester [10]


On 30 December 1915, Dods, his wife and three children were aboard HMS Natal, guests of the ship's captain Eric Back. The ship, a Warrior Class cruiser, part of the Second Cruiser Squadron, was lying at anchor in the Cromarty Firth, in the north of Scotland. A series of explosions on board caused the ship to capsize with the loss of hundreds of lives, including those of Dods and his family.[11][12]

See also[edit]



  • Bath, Richard, ed. (2007). The Scotland Rugby Miscellany. Vision Sports Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905326-24-6. 

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