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Ronald Cove-Smith

Nation: England
Place of Birth: Edmonton
Position: Prop
Internationals: 29 caps between 1921 and 1929

Won 4 Grand Slams with England

The following article has been adapted from the original by Dai Llewellyn, which focused on two players. It has been changed to highlight only the selected inductee’s information.

Ronald Cove-Smith captained England to victory in 1928 on Australia’s first official appearance at HQ and only their second Test against England.

This match, on January 7, 1928, marked the first of his seven games as captain – the opening six of which England won. Sadly after the seventh, against Ireland, the good doctor not only lost the captaincy, he never played for England again. But among those half dozen victories was a Grand Slam in 1928.

In all Cove-Smith, who made his debut in 1921 against Scotland, won 29 caps and captained the British Isles and Ireland on the tour of South Africa in 1924.

Article by Dai Llewellyn


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