John Robins (rugby player)

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John Robins
Full name John Denning Robins
Date of birth 17 May 1926
Place of birth Cardiff[1]
Date of death 21 February 2007(2007-02-21) (aged 80)
Place of death Cardiff
School Llandaff Cathedral School
Wellington School[disambiguation needed]
University Loughborough University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Coventry, Bradford, Sale, Birkenhead Park, Leicester, Barbarians.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Lions

John Robins (17 May 1926 – 21 February 2007), was a Welsh international rugby union player who attained 11 caps for Wales between 1950 and 1953. A prop, he toured New Zealand and Australia with the British and Irish Lions in 1950 and became the first Lions coach, on the 1966 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand.

Robins was born in Cardiff. He was educated at Llandaff Cathedral School and Wellington School. He joined the Royal Navy and served in World War II. He played for England in two wartime Services Internationals. He trained as a teacher at Loughborough and returned there as a lecturer before taking up the post of Director of Physical Education and Recreation at Sheffield University and subsequently the same position at University College, Cardiff.