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Gaston Lane
Born Gaston Lane
(1883-01-31)31 January 1883
Paris, France
Died 23 September 1914(1914-09-23) (aged 31)
Lironville, France
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 68 kilograms (150 lb)

Gaston Lane (31 January 1883 – 23 September 1914) was a French rugby union player. He was 1 m 68 cm tall and weighed 68 kg.

He played right wing three quarter (later centre) for Racing club de France and for the French national team; at first he also played for AS Bois-Colombes then for the Paris Cosmopolitan Club.

He played in the first French international and was capped ten times, along with Marcel Communeau.

He was a tradesman. He was killed on the front in Moselle at the start of the First World War.

He was an excellent club rugby player, and also occasionally contributed articles to Sporting.



  • Racing club de France
  • Cosmopolitan Club, Paris
  • AS Bois-Colombes (initially)


Gaston Lane was first selected for the French national team for the 1 January 1906 match against the All-Blacks, the first French Test match.



  • Second place in French national rugby championship, 1912 with Racing club de France, and captain, alongside Géo André and Pierre Failliot, who also played three quarters.


  • 16 caps.
  • 1 try (3 points).
  • Caps by year: 2 in 1906, 1 in 1907, 2 in 1908, 3 in 1909, 2 in 1910, 2 in 1911, 3 in 1912, 1 in 1913.
  • Participated in the first official France match against the All Blacks in their first European tour.
  • Captain five times (in 1906, 1910, 1912 & 1913), and captain of the French first XV in the first Five Nations Championship, against Wales at Swansea in 1910 (the second was Marcel Communeau in the next match).
  • He was in 4 seasons of the Five Nations Championship in the pre-war period.
  • First victory against a Home Nations team, Scotland, in the second French Five Nations Championship, in 1911.


  • Godwin, Terry Complete Who's Who of International Rugby (Cassell, 1987, ISBN 0-7137-1838-2)

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