||25 caps between 1913 and 1923|
||November 23, 2002|
A true England legend, Cyril ‘Kit’ Lowe MC made his international debut on the right wing against South Africa in 1913 – the start of an unbroken run of 25 appearances for his country either side of the of World War I.
‘Kit’ Lowe was the archetypal flying winger and an ever-present member of the first Grand Slam winning England sides of 1913 and 1914.
When war broke out in 1914 he signed up with the Royal Flying Corps, for whom he flew nine successful missions, and earned the Military Cross before being injured in action in 1917.
Along with captain W J A Davies, Lowe returned to international rugby when play resumed three years later. His speed and elusive running had not waned and a further two Grand Slams were secured in 1921 and 1923 before he finally hung up his boots. His illustrious career spanned 25 matches, during which he notched up a record of 18 tries. Despite his six-year absence during wartime, his try-scoring record was still unsurpassed 60 years later in 1983, when he died at the age of 91. It would take another flying winger, by the name of Rory Underwood, to finally pass his tally.