Elegant Basil……

 

Rugby international Basil Maclear was capped eleven times for Ireland between 1905 and 1907. He was known as a snappy dresser and a man about town. It seemed that his sartorial elegance followed him onto the rugby pitch.
He used to play with a pair of expensive white calfskin gloves. Against Wales he made a further fashion statement by wearing a pair of “blancoed” military puttees and scoring two tries. Complete with his customary white gloves he also scored a wonderful solo try against the touring South African touring side of 1906.
The South African historian AC Parker wrote: “Maclear`s try ranks as one of the greatest individual efforts achieved at international level. The moustachioed Irish centre picked up a loose ball inside his own 25 and beat man after man before crossing the line”
Sadly he was killed at the Battle of Ypres in 1915

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