David Watkins

David Watkins

Position: Flyhalf

Date Of Birth 05/03/1942 (75)
Place Of Birth Newport
Height 168cm / 5' 6"
Weight 65kg / 10st 3lbs

Joined 1961/2 from Cwmcelyn Youth but played some games for Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and Pontypool while still a youth. Wales Youth.Offered 5,000 at age 18yrs to turn pro - mother said “let’s all go” pro but father said “my son will play for Wales!” Debut vs Penarth 2nd Sept 1961 Played for Barbarians in first season (1962) and Newport won Championship. Played for Wales U23. Key figure in Newport’s epic win over Whineray’s 1963 All Blacks setting up position for Uzzell’s drop goal and kicked penalty to draw with Australia in 1966. Vice Capt under Brian Price in 1963/4 and captained Newport for 3 seasons 1964/5, 1965/6 and 1966/7. Also captain in 1967/8 when he turned pro. Set drop goal record of 14 in 1966/7. Debut age 20 for Wales vs Eng in 1963 partnering Clive Rowlands. Played 21 times (+ 1 non-cap vs Fiji 1964) for Wales (including Triple Crown 1964/5) and captain 5 times in 1966-7 – scored 2t / 3dg. Played for British Lions 6 times (2t /2dg) and captain twice in Australia in 1966.  Superb judgement in 1967 vs England (Jarrett debut). Superb 7’s player and never played on losing Newport side. Crawshays 1962,1965, 1967. Joined Salford RL in Oct 1967 for £15,000 a then club record. Record points holder and steered them to RL Championship in 1974 and Challenge Cup Final in 1976 and played 6 times vs NZ, Aust and France, captained and coached GB and Wales RL. Only player to have captained GB at Union and League. Cliff Morgan was best man at his wedding on Feb 9th 1963. Appointed Newport Team Manager in 1992/3. Chairman and elected President in 2005. MBE.

Newport RFC record : 1961/2-1967/8 : 202 apps / 32t / 9c / 5p / 55dg = 294pts

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1961/1962 39 29 3 7 4 0 0 3 21  
  1962/1963 37 23 3 11 5 0 0 6 33  
  1963/1964 32 21 3 8 8 2 0 10 58  
  1964/1965 30 25 0 5 10 0 2 10 66  
  1965/1966 29 20 1 8 3 7 2 9 56  
  1966/1967 27 17 4 6 1 0 1 14 48  
  1967/1968 8 6 0 2 1 0 0 3 12  
  Total 202 141 14 47 32 9 5 55 294  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1961 Penarth FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 34 - 6  
  04/09/1961 Newbridge FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  09/09/1961 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  16/09/1961 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  20/09/1961 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  23/09/1961 Swansea FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 3  
  30/09/1961 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  07/10/1961 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  14/10/1961 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  18/10/1961 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 17 - 9  
  21/10/1961 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 23 - 11  
  28/10/1961 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  11/11/1961 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  18/11/1961 Cambridge University FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 14  
  25/11/1961 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 15  
  02/12/1961 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  16/12/1961 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 5  
  23/12/1961 Abertillery FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  27/12/1961 UAU FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 11  
  13/01/1962 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  19/01/1962 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  24/01/1962 Royal Navy FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 6  
  27/01/1962 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  07/02/1962 RAF FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  10/02/1962 Leicester Tigers FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 10  
  12/02/1962 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  17/02/1962 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  24/02/1962 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 26 - 3  
  03/03/1962 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  10/03/1962 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 14  
  14/03/1962 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 6  
  31/03/1962 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  07/04/1962 Plymouth Albion FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 6  
  09/04/1962 Devonport Services FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  14/04/1962 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  16/04/1962 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  21/04/1962 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  23/04/1962 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 6  
  24/04/1962 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 8  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1962 Penarth FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 29 - 6  
  03/09/1962 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 2 6 W 11 - 3  
  08/09/1962 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 0  
  15/09/1962 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  22/09/1962 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  26/09/1962 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
  29/09/1962 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 20  
  06/10/1962 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  10/10/1962 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 16  
  13/10/1962 Blackheath FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 3  
  17/10/1962 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  20/10/1962 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 16  
  27/10/1962 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  31/10/1962 Cross Keys FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 22 - 9  
  05/11/1962 Abertillery FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  10/11/1962 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  14/11/1962 Cambridge University FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 23 - 3  
  17/11/1962 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  24/11/1962 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 28  
  15/12/1962 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  22/12/1962 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  26/12/1962 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  27/12/1962 UAU FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 8  
  29/12/1962 RAF FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 3  
  02/03/1963 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 6 - 5  
  13/03/1963 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 0  
  16/03/1963 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  27/03/1963 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 1 3 D 8 - 8  
  30/03/1963 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  04/04/1963 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  08/04/1963 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  13/04/1963 Newbridge FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  15/04/1963 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  16/04/1963 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 15  
  20/04/1963 Plymouth Albion FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 5  
  22/04/1963 Devonport Services FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 9  
  23/04/1963 Exeter Chiefs FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 9  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  07/09/1963 Rugby Roma Olimpic FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  09/09/1963 Penarth FH 2 0 0 1 9 W 23 - 0  
  12/10/1963 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  16/10/1963 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  19/10/1963 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 3 - 14  
  26/10/1963 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  30/10/1963 New Zealand FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  02/11/1963 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  09/11/1963 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  20/11/1963 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  30/11/1963 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 5  
  26/12/1963 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 25 - 11  
  27/12/1963 UAU FH 0 2 0 0 4 W 13 - 5  
  28/12/1963 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 3  
  03/01/1964 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 3 - 12  
  08/01/1964 RAF FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 11  
  11/01/1964 Swansea FH 0 0 0 2 6 L 9 - 16  
  22/01/1964 Royal Navy FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 3  
  25/01/1964 Scarlets FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 5  
  03/02/1964 Bridgend Ravens FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 3  
  10/02/1964 Abertillery FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 14 - 3  
  17/02/1964 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  22/02/1964 Blackheath FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 23 - 3  
  29/02/1964 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  11/03/1964 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  14/03/1964 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 8  
  23/03/1964 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 11  
  28/03/1964 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 8 - 0  
  30/03/1964 London Welsh FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 3  
  31/03/1964 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 23  
  07/04/1964 Exeter Chiefs FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 14 - 22  
  11/04/1964 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/09/1964 Penarth FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 36 - 13  
  12/09/1964 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 5  
  17/09/1964 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 9  
  19/09/1964 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 21  
  28/09/1964 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 17  
  03/10/1964 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 5  
  10/10/1964 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 31 - 13  
  14/10/1964 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 5  
  24/10/1964 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 0  
  28/10/1964 Pontypool FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 23 - 3  
  31/10/1964 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 9  
  07/11/1964 Penarth FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 34 - 5  
  14/11/1964 Cardiff FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 15 - 13  
  05/12/1964 Bristol Rugby FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 3  
  12/12/1964 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 8 - 3  
  19/12/1964 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 0  
  26/12/1964 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 32 - 6  
  06/01/1965 Royal Navy FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 47 - 0  
  09/01/1965 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  23/01/1965 Scarlets FH 0 0 1 1 6 W 6 - 3  
  30/01/1965 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  08/02/1965 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  13/02/1965 Leicester Tigers FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 30 - 10  
  16/02/1965 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 6 - 8  
  26/02/1965 Blackheath FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 28 - 12  
  17/03/1965 Newbridge FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 6 - 5  
  19/03/1965 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  03/04/1965 Sale Sharks FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 12  
  05/04/1965 Birkenhead Park FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  26/04/1965 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 1 1 6 W 14 - 9  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1965 Newbridge FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 8  
  11/09/1965 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 16  
  15/09/1965 Pontypool FH 0 0 1 1 6 W 15 - 9  
  18/09/1965 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 12  
  02/10/1965 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 17  
  04/10/1965 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 8  
  09/10/1965 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  16/10/1965 Gloucester Rugby FH 1 2 0 0 7 L 13 - 14  
  23/10/1965 Wasps FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 16 - 11  
  27/10/1965 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  30/10/1965 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 2 6 W 12 - 11  
  06/11/1965 Penarth FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 41 - 6  
  13/11/1965 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  20/11/1965 Cambridge University FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  27/11/1965 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 24 - 3  
  04/12/1965 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  13/12/1965 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  27/12/1965 Watsonians FH 1 0 0 1 6 L 6 - 8  
  03/01/1966 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  08/01/1966 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  22/01/1966 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 2 6 D 6 - 6  
  29/01/1966 Neath FH 0 1 0 0 2 W 5 - 3  
  07/02/1966 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 3 - 0  
  17/02/1966 RAF FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  19/02/1966 Cardiff FH 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 0  
  26/02/1966 Blackheath FH 0 1 1 0 5 W 14 - 8  
  02/03/1966 Harlequins FH 0 2 0 0 4 W 13 - 3  
  05/03/1966 Hawick FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 3  
  18/03/1966 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  08/10/1966 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 13 - 11  
  15/10/1966 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 31 - 0  
  22/10/1966 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 5  
  26/10/1966 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 22 - 0  
  28/10/1966 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  04/11/1966 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  14/11/1966 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 8 - 0  
  16/11/1966 Cambridge University FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  19/11/1966 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 6 - 16  
  23/11/1966 Australia FH 0 0 1 0 3 D 3 - 3  
  26/11/1966 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
  17/12/1966 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 3 - 9  
  24/12/1966 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 6  
  26/12/1966 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  31/12/1966 Penarth FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 36 - 3  
  14/01/1967 Swansea FH 0 0 0 2 6 W 20 - 0  
  06/02/1967 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 9  
  11/02/1967 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 20 - 6  
  18/02/1967 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 0  
  24/02/1967 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 8  
  04/03/1967 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  15/03/1967 British Army FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 8  
  20/03/1967 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 6 - 9  
  25/03/1967 Northampton Saints FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 9 - 9  
  27/03/1967 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 16 - 6  
  03/04/1967 Birkenhead Park FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 25 - 0  
  08/04/1967 Newbridge FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 9 - 14  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1967 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 0  
  04/09/1967 Newbridge FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  09/09/1967 Bristol Rugby FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 23 - 9  
  16/09/1967 Neath FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 9 - 8  
  04/10/1967 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 15 - 6  
  07/10/1967 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  14/10/1967 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 8 - 18  
  18/10/1967 Abertillery FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 9  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 21 10 2 9 2 0 0 3 15  
  British and Irish Lions 6 2 0 4 2 0 0 2 12  

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