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Obituary | Former back-row forward Dave Forfar

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Leicester Tigers are saddened to learn of the passing of former back-row forward Dave Forfar at the age of 68.

Dave made 223 appearances for Tigers, with his debut coming in a win at Manchester in April 1971, and played in the 1978 John Player Cup Final against Gloucester.

His final game was the 1981 fixture against Australia at Welford Road when he picked up the knee injury which ended his career at the age of 30.

Paying tribute, former team-mate Steve Kenney, now chairman of the Past Player Association, said: “Those who played with him will testify he never gave less than 100 per cent when he went on to the rugby field and he will be remembered as one of the best back-row forwards to grace the Leicester shirt which puts him in very good company.”

Dave Forfar

A former student at Stonehill High and Longslade College, he also played for Syston before joining Tigers and gained selection for Leicestershire at under-19 level.

Senior honours followed with Leicestershire, with Midlands and North against Argentina in 1976 and the Midlands against Australia in 1979, the same year he earned an England ‘B’ cap against France.

The club sends its condolences to Dave’s family and friends at this time.