Full name Dennis Thomas Wilkins
Born December 26, 1924, Leeds
Died January 30, 2012 (aged 87 years 35 days)
Major teams England
|Test debut||Wales v England at Swansea, Jan 20, 1951 match details|
|Last Test||England v Scotland at Twickenham, Mar 21, 1953 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Tournament list|
Wilkins was born in Leeds on Boxing Day, 1924. He played soccer at school before taking up rugby seriously during his service days. He volunteered as a teenager in 1943, served in the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot during the World War Two and remained in the Navy until 1958 (captaining their rugby teams in 1952-3 and in his last year in the service).
He was a Roundhay player at club level but it was his efforts for the Combined Services and the Royal Navy that earned him promotion to England's second-row in 1951. He was ever-present in the England Five Nations sides of 1951, 1952 and 1953 and was an outstanding member of the pack that gave South Africa a run for their money at Twickenham in January 1952. All told he won 13 caps.
He also played for the Barbarians and for Yorkshire in the County Championship (captaining the county in 1952-53). After leaving the Royal Navy he worked in marketing with Kimberly Clark Ltd, rising to marketing director.