David Rose, who helped Great Britain win the inaugural Rugby League World Cup in 1954 with a crucial try in the final against France, has died aged 89 in his native Scotland.
Rose, who alongside fellow Scot and Great Britain captain Dave Valentine had switched codes from rugby union, suffered a badly-broken leg while playing for Leeds in his first fixture after the World Cup triumph.
While he scored 11 tries the following season, he announced his retirement ahead of the 1956-57 campaign following medical advice.
Scotland Rugby League is saddened to hear of the passing of rugby league legend David Rose.
The winger from Jedburgh was a part of the Great Britain side that won the 1954 Rugby League World Cup, scoring 4 tries in the tournament.
📸: David with our 2013 RLWC Squad pic.twitter.com/0D5aUDCV45
— Scotland Rugby League 🏴 (@scotlandrl) February 1, 2021
Rugby Football League chair Simon Johnson said: “This is a poignant loss at the start of a World Cup year, reminding us of the achievements of the Great Britain team who won the inaugural competition in 1954, and the vision of those behind it.
“It is also a reminder of the Scottish flavour to that Great Britain squad, with two key figures in David Rose and Dave Valentine.
“Both the Leeds club and the Scotland Rugby League have recognised David’s achievements in recent years.
“On behalf of the RFL, I send the deepest condolences of the rugby league family to David’s family and friends, and hope that they take pride in David’s achievements within the sport.”
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