Sunday Social: Tributes to a Welsh legend

Date published: April 18 2021

It is time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, your recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past week’s action.

We start off with the sad news of John Dawes’ death, who was much revered and loved around the world. Former Wales captain Sam Warburton led the tributes with this wonderful post.

Dawes earned 22 caps for Wales and left an indelible mark on the sport in Britain and Ireland.

We also loved this picture with him alongside four fellow Welsh legends.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont knew Dawes well having been coaching by him on the 1977 Lions tour.

Sir Gareth Edwards described Dawes as not the “fastest or most elusive player, but everyone around him benefited from his great skill and his distribution.” He therefore would have appreciated these tries as Stuart Hogg showed excellent rugby intelligence and skill to spot space in behind the Wasps defence and score on Saturday.

Before Bristol’s Max Malins kept the defenders guessing by keeping the ball in two hands and crossing the whitewash virtually unopposed against Newcastle Falcons.

It has been a big week for former Saracens prop Petrus du Plessis, whose son featured in his first ever scrum and dominated.

Continuing with the South African theme, Danny Care did his best Tyrone Green impression, a player that has shone for Harlequins since joining from the Johannesburg-based Lions.

Allan Alaalatoa also had an interview disrupted in rather hilarious fashion.

Talking of fashion, we don’t think this Crusaders cardigan will catch on in New Zealand.

And matters got even worse for the Crusaders when the Chiefs’ Damian McKenzie once again showed nerves of steel during their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash on Saturday.

We’re not sure McKenzie would be very good in a maul, however…

Finally, the Lions coaching team was announced in midweek and there is one common theme among the four men that have been selected to assist Warren Gatland.