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Ex-Tiger Robins dies, aged 80

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Former Leicester Tigers prop and British Isles coach John Robins has died, aged 80.

The Cardiff-born John Denning Robins played 27 games for Leicester Tigers between 1959 and 1961, scoring 26 conversions and 21 penalties.

A teacher by profession, he had a spell in charge of rugby at Loughborough Colleges during a widely-travelled rugby career in which he wore the colours of Birkenhead Park, Bradford, Coventry, Sale, London Welsh, Cardiff, Leicester and the Barbarians.

John gained 11 caps for Wales and played five times for the British Isles on the tour to Australasia in 1950. He returned to Australia with the Lions as the tourists' first coach and assistant manager in 1966.

He is survived by a daughter, Alison.

The funeral is at 2pm on Monday, March 5, at St Isan's Church, Llanishen, Cardiff, followed by a committal at Thornhill Crematorium at 3pm and refreshments at the Manor Parc Hotel.