Angus Black
Black in New Zealand in 1950
Birth nameAngus William Black
Date of birth(1925-05-06)6 May 1925
Date of death14 February 2018(2018-02-14) (aged 92)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Edinburgh University
Leicester Tigers
Bristol Bears
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh District
Scotland Possibles
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions

Angus William "Gus" Black (6 May 1925 – 14 February 2018) was a Scottish international rugby union player, who played for Scotland and the Lions.[1][2]

Rugby Union career

Amateur career

Black played for Edinburgh University.[3]

He went on to play for Leicester and Bristol during his National Service.

He played for the Royal Air Force Rugby Union in 1954.[4]

Provincial career

Black was capped for Edinburgh District.[5]

He played for the Cities District side in their match against Australia in October 1947.[6]

He turned out for the Scotland Possibles side in 1947.[7]

International career

Black made his first international appearance on New Year's Day 1947 while studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh.[8] He also played for Edinburgh University rugby team,[2] and was on the 1950 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia where he played in two tests, playing in a 9–9 draw in Dunedin and a 0–8 loss in Christchurch.[2]


Black lived in Lundin Links in Fife. After moving into a care home in the 1990s, Black died in February 2018 and at the time of his death was the oldest living Lions player.[8]


  1. ^ Wallance, Matt (20 February 2018) Obituary – Gus Black, Scotland and British Lion Rugby international. HeraldScotland. Retrieved on 11 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Bath, Richard (ed.) (2007) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany. Vision Sports Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905326-24-6. p. 118
  3. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  5. ^ – via British Newspaper Archive. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Wallabies' Display Was Best Of Tour". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 October 1947. p. 10 – via Trove.
  7. ^ – via British Newspaper Archive. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ a b "Former British Lion Gus Black dies aged 92". Belfast Telegraph. 15 February 2018.