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In memoriam – Russell Robins

It is with immense sadness that Pontypridd RFC reports the passing of one of its greatest ever players, Russell Robins.

A club icon, and widely regarded as a world class player of his era, Robins passed away on Friday 27th September aged 87.

Ponty born, Robins made 184 appearances for his local team between 1949 and 1959, before making the switch to Rugby League with Leeds. He was capped 13 times by Wales and was an ever present on the British Lions’ tour of South Africa in 1955, winning 4 senior caps.

A lock or a back rower, Robins was an innovative player who changed the concept of the no8 role, his contribution to the Lions’ tour of ’55 earning him a reputation as the finest exponent of back row play in the world.

Russell Robins retained his connections with Pontypridd RFC throughout his life, and in recent years was still a regular at matches, home and away.

In remembering one of its finest representatives, Pontypridd RFC offers its sincere condolences to the family of Russell Robbins in their time of grief. His memories will be cherished by many.