Position: Back Row
|Place Of Birth||Rhymney|
|Height||183cm / 6'|
|Weight||86kg / 13st 7lbs|
"RT" attended Rhymney School and played for Abergavenny, Rhymney and British Police. Joined Newport in 1945 before injury ended his career in 10th game of season while captain in 1951/2. Played in winning Monmouthshire side of 1946 vs Kiwis (W15-0) with 7 other Newport players.. Won 10 Wales caps (1947 to 1951) incl 2 triple crowns. Scored 1try for Wales vs Ireland. Played for Wales vs France in 1945 Victory match at Swansea and vs England at Twickenham. Toured Australia / NZ with British Lions in 1950 and played against Australia twice. Proudest moment was playing for Wales in France in 1947 at Stade Columbes on 27th March 1947. He replaced Ossie Williams who had transgressed WRU rule of playing prior to the international. Last played for Wales on 7th April 1951. Many believed that he was the finest wing forward of his day. Jack Davis wrote “he was not a brute-force spoiler but a student of tactics, as clever in attack as in defence. It was an education to watch him manoeuvre opposing half backs and centres into false positions, often without his having to lay a hostile hand on them”.
Despite many serious injuries, his international career was long and distinguished as was his club career. 1945/6: 18 apps / 5t, 1946/7: 26 apps / 7t, 1947/8: 22 apps / 9t, 1948/9: 26 apps / 3t, 1949/50: 23 apps / 3t (Season of big gates at RP : 19,500/ 24,500 vs Cardiff ; 15,000 vs Watsonians ; 14,000 vs Barbarians,1950/1: 25 apps / 10t (Vice Capt)1951/2: 10 apps / 2t (Captain). Chairman on 3 occasions. Elected President in 1984/5. Life Member. Served Monmouthshire Police for 46 yrs rising to Detective Chief Superintendent. Died April 14th 2003, Abergavenny. Brother played for Rhymney.
Newport RFC record : 1945/6-1951/2 : 150 apps / 39t.
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