Death of John Ernest Collins Welsh Rugby International and Welsh 440 yards champion

Welsh athletics is sad to learn of the death at the age of 86 of the former Welsh 440 yards champion John Ernest Collins. He was a fine sprinter winning county championships and the Welsh 440 yards title as a member of Port Talbot YMCA in 1952 in a time of 51.7

He was better known though as a Welsh rugby international winger, winning 10 caps in the 1950s. He played for Aberavon RFC. He was born in Aberavon on January 16, 1931. He scored a try on his international debut that helped defeat the Australian tourists in Cardiff. It was the only try by Wales in the 9-3 victory.

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