Legendary Welsh rugby player, Barry John, passed away at 79 years old. His family shared the news of his peaceful passing in a hospital. John, who played for Wales and the British & Irish Lions, earned 25 caps for Wales from 1966 to 1972 and was part of three Five Nations championship wins, a Grand Slam, and two Triple Crowns during his time on the international team.
New Zealand journalists gave John the nickname ‘The King’ following his impressive performance in the Lions’ 1971 Test series win against the All Blacks. He contributed 30 points to the Lions’ total of 48 over four Tests. John retired at the young age of 27, announcing his decision when he was at the height of his fame in the sport.