IRB Hall of Fame
IRB Hall of Fame – Induction No.59 – Alfred Ronald Dawson (Wanderers, Leinster, Ireland, British & Irish Lions, Barbarians) - 1932-
One of 11 legends inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in Dublin on 18 November 2013.
Born: 5 June 1932 in Dublin, Ireland
International career: 1958-1965
An architect by trade, Dawson played for the Wanderers club in Dublin, Leinster province, Ireland and the Barbarians. He won the first of his 27 Ireland caps against Australia in 1958 and was selected for the Lions in 1959. An outstanding leader of men, he captained his club, province, country and the 1959 Lions on their tour of Australia (six matches), New Zealand (25 matches) and Canada (two matches). A keen Barbarian he played 22 times for the club without fixed abode and captained them on several occasions, including their historic win over South Africa in 1961 – the South Africans only defeat of that tour. He made the first of his 17 Lions appearances against Victoria, leading the Lions in six Test matches, a record since equalled by Martin Johnson. The 1959 Lions played a similar attacking brand of rugby pioneered by the 1950 tourists, running the ball at every opportunity. They scored 842 points in 33 matches, a record for a Lions team. Dawson was unavailable to tour South Africa with the Lions in 1962, but was appointed assistant manager/coach of the 1968 Lions captained by Tom Kiernan. He became an Irish and Lions selector and was appointed as the first coach of Ireland in 1969. He became President of Wanderers, Leinster, the Irish Rugby Football Union and chaired the IRB Council, on which he served for 20 years from 1974 to 1994. He was the member of the first Rugby World Cup organising committee. He was presented with the Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service in 2004.
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