Cornish rugby is mourning this week as one of it’s greats, Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens, the former Cornwall, England and British and Irish Lions prop has died at the age of 77.
He captained England once in 1971 but played mainly in his native Cornwall for Penzance and Newlyn and Hayle
His performances for the Cornwall county side got him an England call-up in 1969 at the age of 28.
Born in 1941 Claude Brian “Stack” Stevens was from Godolphin in west Cornwall. He earned 83 caps for the Black & Gold and was captain from 1973–75. He also earned 25 England caps at international level between 1969 and 1975, captaining them for a match in 1971. He also toured with the British and Irish Lions to Australia and New Zealand in 1971.
“The pride he brought to all of us in Cornwall from the time he was a player for England was great,” former team-mate Phil Westren told BBC Sport.
“When you consider the period when he played, to get the recognition he did from the far west of Cornwall, to play for England and still play for Penzance, it was fantastic.
“He was a fantastic competitor, a marvellous rugby player and well ahead of his time.”