Former British and Irish Lions scrum-half Gus Black dies aged 92

Former British Lion Gus Black has died
Former British Lion Gus Black has died
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Former Scotland scrum-half Gus Black has passed away on Thursday aged 92.

Black, who started playing the game for Edinburgh university made his Scotland debut in 1st January 1947 which was also the first cap international match since the Second World War.

He went on to make further five Test appearances for Scotland with his last appearance for the Dark Blues coming in March 1950 against England at Murrayfield.

Black also featured for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 1950 and played in two games in Dunedin and Christchurch which ended in 9-9 draw and 0-8 defeat for the visitors.

Black went on to play for Leicester and Bristol during his National Service and in his career was a consultant adviser on psychiatry for the RAF.

He lived in Lundin Links in Fife, moving into a care home in his 90s.

In a statement, Scottish Rugby “extended its sincere condolences to all Gus Black’s family and friends”.

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