Former England prop 'Stack' Stevens dies aged 77

  • 'Stack' Stevens dies aged 77
  • Won 25 England caps

The RFU has paid tribute to former England prop Brian 'Stack' Stevens who died this week aged 77.

He played for his native Cornwall, Newlyn & Hayle and Harlequins, with his outstanding and athletic county performances bringing selection for the national team.

His debut came against South Africa on 20 December 1969, and it coincided with England’s first victory against the Springboks. He went on to earn 25 Test caps between 1969 and 75.

“Stack Stevens was the epitome of a modern, mobile forward in the days when this was a rarity," said RFU President John Spencer.

"He was one of the great characters of rugby and served his native Cornwall, England and the British & Irish Lions with great distinction and will be missed by all who knew him in the game.”

Stevens toured Australia and New Zealand with the Lions in 1971, and two years later, was part of the England team that downed the All Blacks 16-10 at Eden Park.

He scored a try in that game, which saw England become the first of the four home nation sides to beat New Zealand away.