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Sam Doble
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Full name Samuel Arthur Doble
Born March 9, 1944, Wolverhampton
Died September 17, 1977, Birmingham (aged 33 years 192 days)
Major teams England
Position Fullback

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop GfM Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1972-1973 3 3 0 20 0 1 6 0 0 1 2 0 33.33
Five/Six Nations 1973-1973 1 1 0 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Career statistics
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
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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.
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