London Scottish regrets to announce that former captain Frans ten Bos has passed away.
Frans, who attended Oxford University, was one of the most successful captains that the Scots have ever had, and was also capped by Scotland 17 times between the years of 1959 and 1963.
In 2015 Frans was inducted in to the Hall of Fame at the Legends Dinner to mark his success in a London Scottish shirt. He passed away at the age of 79.
Born in Richmond to Dutch parents, ten Bos was educated at Lathallan and Fettes College, having travelled to Scotland from Holland on the outbreak of the Second World War. In latter years he stayed near Kirriemuir in Angus.
His debut was a 3-3 draw against England at Twickenham, Dave Rollo, Jim Shackleton and Jock Davidson also winning their first caps that day.
He won his first cap out of Oxford University and subsequently played his club rugby for London Scottish.
He was lauded for his contribution to Scotland’s first win in the Welsh capital for 35 years – in 1962, an 8-3 margin. In his book, Scottish Rugby – Game by Game, Kenneth Bogle wrote: “The Scots opened the scoring after 17 minutes when the forwards held the ball at an advancing scrum before (John) Douglas and ten Bos broke away and put (Ron) Glasgow over on the left.
“A few minutes later (Gordon) Waddell put up a high kick into the Welsh 22, ten Bos gathered the rebound and used his considerable momentum to get over the line.”
Ten Bos’s final year of international rugby, 1963, featured an away victory against France, while his last cap, was marked by a famous individual try by England’s stand-off, Richard Sharp.
London Scottish extends its sincere condolences to all Frans ten Bos’s family and friends.