Lucien Mias, the towering figure who led France to their first-ever Five Nations rugby championship title in 1959, has passed away at the age of 93. 

 

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The sad news was confirmed by the mayor of Mazamet, the town where Mias spent many years plying his trade on the rugby field and beyond.

 

Born on September 28, 1930, in Saint-Germain-de-Calberte, Mias emerged as a formidable force in French rugby, leaving an indelible mark on the sport both domestically and internationally. 

 

Standing at an impressive 1.89 meters, his prowess as a lock forward earned him the nickname “Doctor Pack,” a nod to his dual role as a general practitioner off the pitch.

 

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Mias made his debut for the French national team in 1951 against Scotland in the Five Nations tournament. Over the course of his illustrious career, he represented his country 29 times, captaining the side on six occasions. 

 

His leadership was pivotal during France’s historic tour of South Africa in 1958, where they secured a landmark series victory, becoming the first touring side to achieve such a feat in over six decades.

 

However, it was in 1959 that Mias etched his name into the annals of French rugby history. Under his captaincy, France clinched their maiden Five Nations title, a momentous achievement that solidified Mias’s status as a legend of the game

 

Despite retiring from international rugby at the relatively young age of 29, his impact resonated far beyond his playing days.

 

Throughout his career, Mias was instrumental in several landmark victories for France. Notable among these was France’s first-ever triumph over the formidable All Blacks in 1954, a hard-fought battle that ended in a historic 3-0 victory at the Stade Colombes in Paris. 

 

His leadership and unwavering determination inspired a generation of rugby players and fans alike.

 

Reacting to the news of Mias’s passing, Florian Grill, president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), paid tribute to the legacy of the iconic figure. “Rugby mourns a great man who left his mark on our history,” wrote Grill on social media. 

 

“Beyond his exploits on the field, Lucien Mias will be remembered as a generous, humble man respected by all,” the FFR added in a statement.

Mias’s influence extended beyond the rugby pitch, as he also made significant contributions to his local community. 

 

Beginning his rugby journey with Narbonne before settling in Mazamet, he became a beloved figure in the town, despite never clinching the coveted Brennus Shield.

 

Despite facing setbacks and challenges throughout his career, Mias remained steadfast in his dedication to the sport he loved. Reflecting on his playing days in a 1999 interview, he remarked, “On the pitch, nothing could happen to us because we were convinced we were the best.”

 

Lucien Mias’s legacy will endure as a testament to his unparalleled skill, leadership, and dedication to the game of rugby. As the rugby world mourns his loss, his memory will continue to inspire future generations of players and fans alike.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our staff editorial members

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