Dr. Jack Matthews, a legend for the British and Irish Lions and the Wales Rugby Team has died after suffering from a brief illness at the age of 92.
Born on the 20th of June in 1920, the centre attention of the scouts at a very young age and went on to become one of the stalwarts at centre for both his clubs and his national team. During his career, Dr. Matthews played for a host of clubs, including Bridgend Rugby Football Club, Cardiff Rugby Football Club, Newport Rugby Football Club, Army Rugby Union and Barbarian FC.
Widely known as Dr. Jack in the professional rugby circuit, Matthews made a name for himself at a very young age, playing for Bridgend Rugby Football Club and went on to play 17 international match for the Wales Rugby Team between 1947 and 1951.
There are many experts who believe that Dr. Matthews would have been able to prolong his career a lot more and represented the Welsh more times than he did, had it not been for the World War II, during which he was commissioned to the Royal Army Medical Corps.
He also played six Tests for the British Lions when the team went on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1950, where he earned the title of The Iron Man for his rough tackles and challenges.
The entire rugby fraternity of Wales as well as of Britain is saddened by the death of this legendary figure in British rugby and tributes have been pouring in for Dr. Jack from all parts of the world.
The Welsh Rugby Union also released a statement, mourning the passing of one of the most legendary figures for the Wales Rugby Team, as did his former club Cardiff Rugby Football Club, on their respective websites.