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Alec Lewis tributes: Great rugby hero never forgot Wells roots

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

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  • Alec Lewis, back row third from left, in his England heyday in 1953

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Wells is mourning the death of one of its greatest sporting heroes following the death of Alec Lewis, aged 92, in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Mr Lewis joined Wells Rugby Club, or Mendip as it was then known, back in the 1950s. During his playing career he won ten England caps as well as playing for Bath before joining Wells and passing on his experience to his new teammates.

After retiring from playing the game Mr Lewis went on to become an England selector and was also team manager on two England tours, to South Africa and New Zealand.

Michael England, from Wells RFC, said: "He is a wonderful example of a former star player putting something back into the grass roots game."

Even when Mr Lewis was living in Chepstow he still kept in touch with Wells RFC. Two or three times a season he would find time to come to the pre-match lunches and offer his support to the team.

As an important part of the club's history he presented the club with a signed photograph, England tie and his blazer badge all of which are on display in the clubhouse.

Later in life Mr Lewis moved to South Africa to be close to family but still kept in touch with affairs at Wells and avidly followed the club's progress last season to Twickenham and triumph in the Senior Vase final.

Before taking up rugby Mr Lewis served in the Army in the Second World War, during which he was badly injured.

See letter on page 29

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