John Gwilliam

John Gwilliam

Position: Back Row

Born 28/02/1923
Died 20/12/2016
Place Of Birth Pontypridd
Height 188cm / 6' 2"
Weight 95kg / 14st 13lbs

John went to Cambridge Univ from Monmouth School in 1941 and spent 1yr there before being commissioned as officer in the Royal Tank Regiment and saw action in Europe. He played for Jim Hawkins' 1945/6 side while on Army service and played under Jack Bale in 1946/7 before going to Cambridge Univ in Oct 1947. After outstanding Varsity match he played 2nd row for Wales vs Australia Dec 1947 at Cardiff. Was dropped but picked for Irish match. Played for Camb Univ vs Newport 1948/9. Teacher at Glenalmond School, Perth, Scotland in 1949. Played for Edinburgh Wdrs when he first became captain of Wales in Jan 1950 Later moved to Gloucester where he also won caps. 23 caps for Wales 1947-54 - captain 13 times - 12 with Edinburgh Wdrs and 1 with Gloucester - incl Triple Crown in 1950 and 1952. Cambridge Blue. Played for Wasps.

Newport RFC record : 1946/7-1948/9 : 21 apps / 0t.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1945/1946 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1946/1947 9 4 1 4 0 0 0 0 0  
  1947/1948 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  1948/1949 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 21 15 1 5 0 0 0 0 0  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/12/1945 Bristol Bears FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  16/03/1946 Abertillery N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/03/1947 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  17/03/1947 Cross Keys N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  22/03/1947 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  03/04/1947 Abertillery N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  05/04/1947 Devonport Services N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  07/04/1947 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 16  
  08/04/1947 Barbarians N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 19  
  12/04/1947 Bath Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 13 - 13  
  16/04/1947 Penarth N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/01/1948 Richmond N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  20/03/1948 Cross Keys N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  27/03/1948 Bath Rugby SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 0  
  30/03/1948 Barbarians SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  03/04/1948 Gloucester Rugby SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  10/04/1948 Cardiff SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 19  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  18/12/1948 Swansea N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  22/01/1949 Richmond SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 3  
  29/01/1949 Wasps SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  12/02/1949 Leicester Tigers SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 3  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 23 14 1 8 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Gloucester Rugby - Wasps - London Welsh - Edinburgh Wanderers - Newport -
Education: - Cambridge University - Monmouth School -
Region: - Scarlets -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - Wales -

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