Alf Bucher

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Alf Bucher
Full name Alfred Moore Bucher
Date of birth (1874-03-22)22 March 1874
Place of birth Leith, Scotland
Date of death 20 August 1939(1939-08-20) (aged 65)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Edinburgh Academicals RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Isles

Alfred "Alf" Moore Bucher (22 March 1874 – 20 August 1939)[1] was a Scottish international rugby union wing who played club rugby for Edinburgh Academicals. Boucher played international rugby for Scotland and was selected for the British Isles team on its 1899 tour of Australia.

Personal history

Bucher was born in Leith, in 1874 to Francis Busher and Grace Webster Smith.[2] Bucher served in the First World War and was a 2nd Lieutenant in the City of Edinburgh Motor Volunteer Corps.[3]

Rugby career

Bucher came to note as a rugby player while representing Scottish club side, Edinburgh Academicals. It was while with the Academicals that he was selected to win his one and only cap for the Scottish national team. Bucher was chosen for the final game of the 1897 Home Nations Championship, an encounter against England at Fallowfield in Manchester. Bucher was brought in at wing as a replacement for George Campbell, and was joined at threequarters with fellow Academical player Alexander Weir Robertson, who was also winning his first cap. Scotland lost the game 12-3, and despite scoring a try on his debut, Bucher was never reselected for his country again.

In 1899, Bucher was invited to represent the British Isles on the team's first official tour to Australia. Bucher played in 17 of the 20 arranged matches,[4] and was part of the British Isles team in the First Test against Australia, played in Sydney. After the tourists lost the First Test, captain Matthew Mullineux made several team changes, and Bucher was replaced by H.G.S. Gray, a trialist who normally played as a forward. Despite a comprehensive win in the Second Test, Gray was dropped for the Third Test and Boucher was back on the wing, this time partnered opposite Elliot Nicholson. Bucher scored two tries in the game, which proved decisive as the British won by a narrow 11-10 margin. Bucher retained his place for the Final Test, and scored his third international try of the tour in as 13-0 win over the Australians.