Men of Distinction – James Peters (1879-1954).

Managed to become the first black man to represent England in an international rugby match in 1906, but due to racial bias, was later withdrawn from national selection. Nicknamed “Darkie Peters”, the highly regarded athlete went on to represent his country several times between 1906 – 1908 (the South African national team refused to play against him), as well as serve out a lengthy and distinguished playing career in rugby league and union as a member of Plymouth Albion and Devon.

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2 comments

  1. gypsy11

    What a shame to ostracize others because of skin color. Probably a fear of not being able to measure up.

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