Full name Samuel Arthur Doble
Born March 9, 1944, Wolverhampton
Died September 17, 1977, Birmingham (aged 33 years 192 days)
Major teams England
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jun 3, 1972 match details|
|Last Test||Wales v England at Cardiff, Jan 20, 1973 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Tournament list|
Tall with long straw-coloured hair, Sam Doble played three times for England as a fullback with a reputation as a consistent place kicker. He won his call-up after scoring 581 points for Moseley in 1971-72, and made his debut in a remarkable 18-9 win over a formidable South Africa side in Johannesburg, slotting four penalties and a conversion. A 0-10 loss to New Zealand and 9-25 defeat by Wales followed and he was not picked again. In 1976 he was dropped by his club for the first time after a marked loss of form. A few weeks later he retired at the age of 31, citing a rib injury as the reason, but it was soon discovered that he was suffering from a rare form of lymphatic cancer. He died in September the following year aged 33. An extremely popular figure, his premature death was widely mourned. He scored 3651 points in a short career.