Former France centre, three-time Five Nations winner and rugby administrator Jean-Pierre Lux has died at the age of 74.
Lux made his international debut as part of a 16-12 victory over England at Twickenham during the 1967 Five Nations and would help France win the Championship trophy that year.
Twelve months on, he played in home victories over Ireland and England as Les Bleus won their first-ever Grand Slam, before he claimed a third Championship title – shared with Wales – in the 1970 edition.
In all, Lux scored 12 tries in 47 international matches between 1967 and 1975, with five of those scores coming in the Five Nations.
His final Test was a 25-10 defeat to Wales at the Parc des Princes in Paris at the start of the 1975 Five Nations.
A trained dental surgeon, Lux served on the board of the French National Rugby League (LNR) and the French Rugby Federation (FFR) after retirement before becoming chairman of the European Rugby Cup (ERC) in 1999, a post he held until 2014.
Current FFR president Bernard Laporte tweeted his condolences upon hearing the news of Lux’s passing.
“I learned of the death of Jean-Pierre Lux. A man of commitment, he wore the France jersey 47 times,” Laporte tweeted.
“President of the European Rugby Cup, member of the management committee of the LNR (French league), he was also a great leader. My condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Everyone at Six Nations Rugby would also like to pass on their condolences to the family and friends of Jean-Pierre Lux.