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Alan Skene’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro South African rugby union and rugby league player
Was

Athlete

Rugby union player

Rugby league player

From

South Africa

Type

Sports

Gender male
Birth 2 October 1932, Cape Town
Death 13 August 2001, George
(aged 68 years)

Alan Leslie Skene (2 October 1932 – 13 August 2001 (aged 68)) born in Cape Town, was a South African dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s and ’60s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for South Africa, and at provincial level for Western Province, as a Centre, i.e. number 12 or 13, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for South Africa, and Rugby League XIII, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage #651), and South Sydney Rabbitohs, as a Centre, or Stand-off/Five-eighth, i.e. number 3 or 4, or 6, he died in George, Western Cape.

Playing career

International honours

Skene won a cap for South Africa (RU) while at Western Province playing Inside Centre against France at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg on 16 August 1958, represented Rugby League XIII (RL) while at Wakefield Trinity, and won caps for South Africa (RL) while at Wakefield Trinity in 1963 against Australia (2 matches).

Championship final appearances

Alan Skene played Centre, i.e. number 3 in Wakefield Trinity’s 3-27 defeat by Wigan in the Championship final during the 1959–60 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 21 May 1960.

Challenge Cup final appearances

Alan Skene played Centre, i.e. number 3, and scored two tries in Wakefield Trinity’s 38-5 victory over Hull in the 1960 Challenge Cup final during the 1959–60 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 14 May 1960, and the 12-6 victory over Huddersfield in the 1962 Challenge Cup final during the 1961–62 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 12 May 1962.

County Cup Final Appearances

Alan Skene played Centre, i.e. number 3, in Wakefield Trinity’s 16-10 victory over Huddersfield in the 1960 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1960–61 season at Headingley Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 29 October 1960, and played Centre, i.e. number 3, and scored a try in the 19-9 victory over Leeds in the 1961 Yorkshire Cup final during the 1961–62 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 11 November 1961.

Club career

Alan Skene made his début for Wakefield Trinity, alongside fellow South African Jan Lotriet, in the 19-7 victory over Castleford at Wheldon Road, Castleford on Thursday 25 December 1958.