Alex Kersey-Brown, rugby player, Died at 73

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Alexander “Alex” Kersey-Brown was born in 1942, and died on November 30, 2015.

He was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s, playing club level rugby union (RU) for London Welsh RFC, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level in Huddersfield, and Oldham, as a Wing, or Centre, i.e. number 2 or 5, or, 3 or 4.

Alexander won two caps for Wales (RL) in 1968 to 1972 while in Huddersfield.

Alexander played as a school boy and gained Welsh Caps.

He lived in Penmaenmawr, in North Wales, and a few of his later team members in London Welsh also knew him there and played rugby with him, such as Tony Gray.

The London Welsh Team was led by John Dawes, who had a specific training programme in the early 1960s, which honed the team and later contributed to the success of The British Lions team 1971 to 1973.

The secret of their success was the injection of John Dawes; a team who were a closely knitted group and who could through their rigorous training and almost mind-reading closeness, and intelligence, melded together as one unit.

Many of the team had been together as Rugby School Boys and had won Welsh Caps from that time as Alexander had done.

Alexander was tall and very swift and had a natural athletic ability.

He played in the centre and wings to utilise his tremendous running.

The games at London Welsh were very exciting and entertaining and drew bigger crowds as time went on.

Famous visitors were Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Alexander was with London Welsh during its enormous upturn in success in 1962 to 1967 but left to turn professional; something in those days was severely frowned upon by Unionists.

Alexander passed away at age 73 in November 2015.

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