William Lovat Fraser

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William Lovat Fraser
Birth nameWilliam Lovat Fraser
Date of birth(1884-11-07)7 November 1884[1][2]
Place of birthPerth, Scotland
Date of death(1968-11-21)21 November 1968
Place of deathScone, Perthshire, Scotland
SchoolMerchiston Castle School[3]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward[4]
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Merchistonian FC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1910 United KingdomCombined British 1 (3 = 1 try)

William Lovat Fraser was a Scottish sportsman who played both cricket and rugby union at an international level, representing Scotland in cricket and touring Argentina with the 1910 Combined British rugby union side, an early incarnation of the British and Irish Lions.

Early life[edit]

William Lovat Fraser was born in 1884 in Perth, Scotland. He was the older brother of Alan Fraser who also played cricket for Scotland (in 1921) and both attended Merchiston Castle School.

Rugby union[edit]

Fraser played his rugby for his school's old boys club, Merchistonian FC. Although he was never selected to play rugby for Scotland, he was selected to tour with the Combined British on the 1910 tour to Argentina where he played in what Argentina count as their first test match. Notably, Fraser scored the first try of that match.

Cricket[edit]

Lovat Fraser was also a noted cricketer. He had played at Merchiston Castle School and continued to play for his school's old boys side. He was predominantly a bowler (right-arm medium pace). He played his three first-class matches between 1909 and 1913. The first match was on 22 July 1909 when Scotland faced Ireland in Scotland, at North Inch, Perth. Although he was out for a duck in Scotland's first innings, his contribution of 3 wickets in Ireland's first innings, and a five wicket haul in their second went a long way towards Scotland's win by an innings and 132 runs.[5] Three years later he was in the Scotland side that faced Australia on 11 July 1912. The match was drawn and Fraser once again registered a duck but took a wicket.[6] His final first class match was in a 10 July 1913 encounter with Ireland at the Grange Cricket Club Ground, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. Although the match was drawn, Fraser hit a first class high of 44 in the first innings and took six wickets over the two innings.[7] In 1919 he again played for Scotland against the Australian Imperial Army[8] and in 1921 against Australia, but neither match was deemed a first class encounter.

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