Arthur Boucher

Arthur Boucher

Position: Hooker

Born 29/06/1870
Died 25/04/1948
Place Of Birth Gobowen

English born Arthur made his Newport RFC debut in 1889/90 and played 10 seasons - capt 1895/6, 1896/7 and 1898/9. During that time he played at both back and forward for Newport. Newport played 285 official matches losing only 38 during those 10 seasons and Arthur played in 234 of those matches, scoring 49 tries / 6dg / 7p / 1gfm. He played alongside Arthur Gould and in the invincible season of 1891/2 played 27 of the 33 matches while Gould played 23. He was a magnificent all round player - primarily a forward but lean, rangy and skilful. He could pass, dribble, kick and was fast and dropped goals as a forward while still being effective in the lineout and scrum.

Played 13 times for Wales 1892-1897 as forward but also named as reserve centre - also played in this position for Newport. Member of first Welsh Triple Crown / Championship team of 1893. Welsh debut vs England (his place of birth) in Jan 1892 and played his last international match, also vs England, in Jan 1897 appropriately at Rodney Parade, Newport, scoring a try. He alsomplayed for the Barbarians and from 1894 to 1899 he was club secretary.

Died in 25th April 1948 at Dinas Powis and his widow presented the Boucher Cup to the club in 1953 in memory of her husband and to be presented annually to the club’s “outstanding player of promise.”

Newport RFC record : 1889/90-1898/9 : 235 apps / 48t / 1gfm / 7p / 6dg.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1889/1890 27 21 2 4 2 0 0 0 3  
  1890/1891 27 18 2 7 3 0 0 0 6  
  1891/1892 25 23 2 0 4 0 0 0 12  
  1892/1893 27 23 1 3 1 0 0 0 3  
  1893/1894 30 25 2 3 6 1 0 0 20  
  1894/1895 20 16 3 1 12 1 1 1 45  
  1895/1896 24 20 2 2 4 37 0 0 86  
  1896/1897 25 20 1 4 6 29 1 2 87  
  1897/1898 13 8 1 4 5 12 3 1 52  
  1898/1899 17 13 1 3 5 6 2 3 45  
  Total 235 187 17 31 48 86 7 7 359  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  21/09/1889 Penarth N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  05/10/1889 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  12/10/1889 Moseley SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  19/10/1889 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  26/10/1889 Wellington FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  02/11/1889 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  09/11/1889 Weston-Super-Mare FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  16/11/1889 Swansea N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  23/11/1889 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  30/11/1889 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  07/12/1889 Penycraig FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  14/12/1889 Wellington N8 1 0 0 0 1 W 0 - 0  
  21/12/1889 Oxford University SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  26/12/1889 Clapham Rovers FL 1 0 0 0 2 W 0 - 0  
  28/12/1889 London Welsh SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  02/01/1890 Weston-Super-Mare PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  17/02/1890 Rugby SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  22/02/1890 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  01/03/1890 Wickham Park PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/03/1890 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  15/03/1890 Cardiff Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  20/03/1890 Cornwall SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  22/03/1890 London Welsh SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  29/03/1890 Scarlets SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 0  
  05/04/1890 Broughton SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  07/04/1890 Manningham PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  08/04/1890 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  20/09/1890 Cardiff Harlequins SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  27/09/1890 Penarth SR 0 0 0 0 0 D 5 - 5  
  04/10/1890 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 14  
  11/10/1890 Exeter Chiefs FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  18/10/1890 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  25/10/1890 Wellington PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 4 - 0  
  01/11/1890 Harlequins SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  08/11/1890 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  15/11/1890 Moseley PR 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  17/11/1890 Coventry PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  22/11/1890 Cardiff SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 13  
  04/12/1890 St Thomas's Hospital FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 5  
  06/12/1890 Penarth SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  13/12/1890 Exeter Chiefs SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 5  
  26/12/1890 Devon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 0  
  27/12/1890 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 2 W 11 - 3  
  24/01/1891 Cardiff Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  31/01/1891 Cardiff SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  07/02/1891 Cardiff Harlequins PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 5  
  14/02/1891 Wellington N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  21/02/1891 Moseley SR 2 0 0 0 4 W 18 - 0  
  28/02/1891 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 34  
  14/03/1891 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 0  
  21/03/1891 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  28/03/1891 Leigh Centurions SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  30/03/1891 Devonport Albion PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 7  
  31/03/1891 Redruth HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  19/09/1891 Scarlets PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  26/09/1891 Devonport Albion HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  03/10/1891 Wellington HK 1 0 0 0 3 W 26 - 0  
  10/10/1891 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  17/10/1891 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  24/10/1891 St Helen's Recreation HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 5  
  31/10/1891 Harlequins PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 3  
  07/11/1891 Civil Service HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 36 - 0  
  09/11/1891 Swinton PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 0  
  14/11/1891 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  21/11/1891 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 3  
  28/11/1891 Gloucester Rugby PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 2 - 0  
  05/12/1891 West Hartlepool SR 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 0  
  12/12/1891 Moseley SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  19/12/1891 Salford Red Devils SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 3  
  26/12/1891 Penarth PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  09/01/1892 Penarth PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  30/01/1892 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  11/02/1892 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  19/03/1892 Gloucester Rugby PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 0  
  26/03/1892 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  02/04/1892 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 0  
  09/04/1892 Penarth PR 1 0 0 0 3 W 40 - 0  
  16/04/1892 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  18/04/1892 Salford Red Devils PR 1 0 0 0 3 W 40 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  24/09/1892 Scarlets SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  01/10/1892 Wellington PR 1 0 0 0 3 W 37 - 0  
  08/10/1892 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  15/10/1892 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  22/10/1892 Coventry PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 0  
  29/10/1892 Penarth PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 0  
  05/11/1892 Gloucester Rugby PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 0  
  12/11/1892 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  26/11/1892 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 0  
  30/11/1892 Oxford University HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 0  
  17/12/1892 Gloucester Rugby SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 2 - 0  
  24/12/1892 London Welsh SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 42 - 0  
  26/12/1892 Oldham SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 36 - 6  
  14/01/1893 Scarlets SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  21/01/1893 Moseley PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 2  
  23/01/1893 Blackheath HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  28/01/1893 Penarth HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 3  
  11/02/1893 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  18/02/1893 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  25/02/1893 Wellington PR 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  04/03/1893 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  18/03/1893 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  25/03/1893 Blackheath HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 4  
  01/04/1893 Oldham PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  03/04/1893 Hartlepool Rovers PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 7 - 0  
  08/04/1893 Leigh HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 36 - 0  
  15/04/1893 Barbarians WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  23/09/1893 Coventry PR 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 0  
  30/09/1893 Birkenhead Wanderers PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 36 - 0  
  05/10/1893 Scarlets PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  07/10/1893 Wellington PR 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 3  
  14/10/1893 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 7 - 0  
  21/10/1893 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  28/10/1893 Bradford CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 7 - 7  
  04/11/1893 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  11/11/1893 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  18/11/1893 Salford Red Devils PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 0  
  25/11/1893 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  09/12/1893 Manningham HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  16/12/1893 Oxford University HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 5  
  23/12/1893 Penarth HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  26/12/1893 Rockcliffe HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  27/12/1893 Barbarians HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  30/12/1893 Gloucester Rugby PR 1 1 0 0 5 W 26 - 0  
  01/01/1894 Watsonians HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  13/01/1894 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  20/01/1894 Blackheath HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  27/01/1894 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  17/02/1894 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  24/02/1894 Bradford CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 34 - 0  
  03/03/1894 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  17/03/1894 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 0  
  24/03/1894 Blackheath SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 13  
  26/03/1894 Runcorn CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  31/03/1894 Salford Red Devils HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  07/04/1894 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  14/04/1894 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  22/09/1894 Morecambe PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 7  
  29/09/1894 Stockport HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  06/10/1894 Huddersfield PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  13/10/1894 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  20/10/1894 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  27/10/1894 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 0  
  10/11/1894 Coventry CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 12 - 0  
  17/11/1894 Lansdowne CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 45 - 0  
  24/11/1894 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 7 - 0  
  08/12/1894 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  22/12/1894 Blackheath CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 5 - 0  
  26/12/1894 Gala CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 21 - 3  
  19/01/1895 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  23/02/1895 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  02/03/1895 Penarth CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 3  
  09/03/1895 Gloucester Rugby HK 1 0 1 1 10 W 12 - 3  
  23/03/1895 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  30/03/1895 Cardiff CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 5 - 3  
  10/04/1895 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  15/04/1895 Rockcliffe CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/10/1895 Barnstaple PR 1 2 0 0 7 W 20 - 0  
  12/10/1895 Moseley PR 0 4 0 0 8 W 35 - 0  
  19/10/1895 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  26/10/1895 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  28/10/1895 United Hospitals HK 0 2 0 0 4 W 25 - 0  
  02/11/1895 Gloucester Rugby PR 0 3 0 0 6 W 30 - 3  
  09/11/1895 Cambridge University PR 1 2 0 0 7 W 16 - 0  
  16/11/1895 Penarth CE 0 2 0 0 4 W 16 - 6  
  23/11/1895 Cardiff CE 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 6  
  30/11/1895 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  14/12/1895 Liverpool CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 5 - 0  
  16/12/1895 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  21/12/1895 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  26/12/1895 Gala & Hawick CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 0  
  01/02/1896 Scarlets HK 1 2 0 0 7 W 13 - 0  
  08/02/1896 Liverpool HK 0 6 0 0 12 W 39 - 8  
  15/02/1896 Cardiff PR 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 4  
  22/02/1896 Blackheath HK 1 2 0 0 7 W 10 - 0  
  29/02/1896 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  07/03/1896 Wellington PR 0 3 0 0 6 W 18 - 0  
  21/03/1896 Cardiff PR 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 0  
  28/03/1896 Penarth PR 0 1 0 0 2 W 21 - 8  
  04/04/1896 Rockcliffe PR 0 1 0 0 2 W 9 - 0  
  06/04/1896 Barbarians HK 0 3 0 0 6 W 24 - 6  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/10/1896 Old Merchant Taylors HK 1 3 0 0 9 W 18 - 0  
  10/10/1896 Coventry HK 0 3 0 0 6 W 18 - 5  
  17/10/1896 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  24/10/1896 Penarth HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  31/10/1896 Blackheath HK 1 2 0 0 7 W 16 - 3  
  07/11/1896 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  14/11/1896 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  18/11/1896 Oxford University PR 0 1 0 0 2 W 12 - 0  
  21/11/1896 Bristol Rugby CE 1 1 0 1 9 W 28 - 0  
  14/12/1896 Cambridge University PR 0 2 0 0 4 W 18 - 0  
  19/12/1896 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 1 1 0 8 W 26 - 5  
  26/12/1896 Barbarians PR 1 2 0 0 7 W 16 - 0  
  28/12/1896 Watsonians PR 0 2 0 0 4 W 16 - 0  
  02/01/1897 Bristol Rugby PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  06/02/1897 Coventry PR 0 0 0 1 4 W 10 - 0  
  13/02/1897 Cardiff HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 13 - 6  
  20/02/1897 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 7  
  27/02/1897 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  06/03/1897 Gloucester Rugby PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  13/03/1897 Cardiff PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  20/03/1897 Penarth PR 0 3 0 0 6 W 18 - 0  
  03/04/1897 Blackheath PR 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 0  
  10/04/1897 Moseley PR 1 5 0 0 13 W 37 - 4  
  17/04/1897 Barbarians PR 0 2 0 0 4 W 19 - 0  
  19/04/1897 Rockcliffe PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 4  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/10/1897 Old Merchant Taylors PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  09/10/1897 Coventry HK 1 2 0 0 7 W 21 - 0  
  16/10/1897 Moseley PR 1 3 1 0 12 W 21 - 3  
  23/10/1897 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 20  
  30/10/1897 Blackheath PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 12  
  06/11/1897 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 1 4 W 10 - 0  
  17/11/1897 Cambridge University HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 14 - 3  
  20/11/1897 Penarth CE 1 3 1 0 12 W 30 - 3  
  27/11/1897 Cardiff HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  11/12/1897 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  18/12/1897 Bristol Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  12/02/1898 Wellington HK 1 3 0 0 9 W 27 - 0  
  26/02/1898 Cardiff SR 0 0 1 0 3 L 9 - 20  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  08/10/1898 Old Merchant Taylors PR 0 1 0 1 6 W 12 - 0  
  15/10/1898 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  22/10/1898 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  29/10/1898 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 11 - 0  
  05/11/1898 Penarth CE 3 0 1 0 12 W 18 - 0  
  12/11/1898 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  16/11/1898 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  19/11/1898 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  26/11/1898 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 9  
  17/12/1898 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  24/12/1898 Watsonians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 6  
  26/12/1898 Barbarians CE 0 2 0 0 4 W 16 - 0  
  14/01/1899 Bristol Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  21/01/1899 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 4 - 0  
  11/02/1899 Swansea CE 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  18/02/1899 Scarlets CE 0 2 0 0 4 W 13 - 0  
  25/02/1899 Cardiff CE 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 8  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 13 5 0 8 1 0 0 0 3  
Clubs: - Newport -
Education: - Clytha School, Newport -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - Wales -

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