Hedley Rowland

Hedley Rowland

Position: Centre

Born 13/01/1921
Died 30/08/2007
Place Of Birth Risca

Born 1919 in Risca. Attended Loughboro College. Known as the “Poacher”. Captain 1948/9 – also chosen for 1949/50 but serious illness prevented him doing so. Dropped goal in 4-8 defeat vs 1947/8 Wallabies (capt Bill McLean).  Played wing forward as an experiment vs Richmond at RP in 1951/2 and scored a hat-trick in Newport’s 18-3 win. Scored 3 tries (2 interceptions) for Monmouthshire vs Kiwis at Pontypool Park, 1945. Acting Major, First Parachute Regiment and in first airborne division to go into France. Served in Italy and Holland. He fought at Arnhem and was awarded the Crois-de-guerre medal for bravery by the French government. School teacher at Brynglas Secondary and Bassaleg Grammar Schools. Looked after Newport Schools U15. All-rounder with Newport Fugitives CC. Committee member, matchday announcer. Honorary Life member.

Died 30th August 2007 at Newport.

Newport RFC record : 1944/5-1951/2 : 136 apps / 93t / 4c / 0p / 6dg.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1944/1945 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1945/1946 26 20 2 4 23 0 0 3 81  
  1946/1947 21 13 3 5 10 0 0 0 30  
  1947/1948 21 13 1 7 14 0 0 3 54  
  1948/1949 27 22 2 3 21 4 0 0 71  
  1949/1950 10 9 1 0 8 0 0 0 24  
  1950/1951 9 8 0 1 5 0 0 0 15  
  1951/1952 21 19 1 1 12 0 0 0 36  
  Total 136 105 10 21 93 4 0 6 311  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  07/04/1945 Cheltenham FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 5  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  08/09/1945 Newbridge CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  15/09/1945 Cross Keys CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  20/09/1945 Royal Australian Armed Forces CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 18 - 9  
  22/09/1945 Bristol Bears CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 0  
  29/09/1945 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 8  
  06/10/1945 Cardiff CE 1 0 0 1 7 L 17 - 28  
  20/10/1945 Leicester Tigers WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  27/10/1945 Wasps CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 24 - 11  
  03/11/1945 Scarlets CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 29 - 12  
  10/11/1945 Cardiff CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 10  
  08/12/1945 Neath CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 13 - 14  
  15/12/1945 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  24/12/1945 Racing Club de France CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 8  
  26/12/1945 Newbridge CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 5  
  29/12/1945 New Zealand Army CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  12/01/1946 Scarlets CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 7  
  02/02/1946 Royal Naval Engineering College CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 23 - 6  
  09/02/1946 Leicester Tigers CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 15 - 5  
  16/02/1946 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 7 - 3  
  23/02/1946 Abertillery CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 9  
  02/03/1946 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  09/03/1946 Bath Rugby CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 20 - 5  
  11/03/1946 Cross Keys CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  20/04/1946 Nuneaton CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 59 - 0  
  23/04/1946 Barbarians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 6  
  27/04/1946 Newbridge CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 22 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  14/09/1946 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  21/09/1946 Bristol Bears CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 15 - 10  
  28/09/1946 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 14 - 14  
  05/10/1946 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  12/10/1946 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  19/10/1946 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  09/11/1946 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  16/11/1946 London Welsh CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 11  
  23/11/1946 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  14/12/1946 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 8  
  21/12/1946 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 5  
  28/12/1946 Newbridge CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  15/02/1947 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  01/03/1947 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  22/03/1947 Gloucester Rugby WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  29/03/1947 Wasps WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 12 - 3  
  03/04/1947 Abertillery WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  05/04/1947 Devonport Services WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 8 - 0  
  07/04/1947 London Welsh WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 16  
  08/04/1947 Barbarians WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 19  
  10/05/1947 Cross Keys CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1947 Penarth CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 20 - 6  
  11/10/1947 Blackheath CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 10 - 8  
  18/10/1947 Leicester Tigers CE 2 0 0 2 14 W 21 - 10  
  23/10/1947 Australia CE 0 0 0 1 4 L 4 - 8  
  27/12/1947 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 0  
  03/01/1948 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  10/01/1948 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  24/01/1948 Plymouth Albion FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 18 - 0  
  31/01/1948 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  14/02/1948 Leicester Tigers FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 32 - 6  
  28/02/1948 Blackheath FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 21 - 3  
  06/03/1948 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  13/03/1948 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 17  
  20/03/1948 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  27/03/1948 Bath Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 0  
  30/03/1948 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  03/04/1948 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  10/04/1948 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 19  
  17/04/1948 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  22/04/1948 Swansea FL 2 0 0 0 6 L 11 - 18  
  24/04/1948 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 7  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/09/1948 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 8  
  11/09/1948 Abertillery WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 26 - 3  
  18/09/1948 Bristol Bears WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  25/09/1948 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 10  
  02/10/1948 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 9  
  09/10/1948 Blackheath CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 0  
  16/10/1948 Leicester Tigers CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 22 - 3  
  23/10/1948 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 11  
  30/10/1948 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  06/11/1948 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  20/11/1948 Newbridge WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  27/11/1948 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 1 0 0 5 W 16 - 6  
  04/12/1948 Bristol Bears CE 2 2 0 0 10 W 10 - 8  
  09/12/1948 Cambridge University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  11/12/1948 Plymouth Albion WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 25 - 5  
  18/12/1948 Swansea CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  27/12/1948 Watsonians CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 3  
  01/01/1949 Devonport Services CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 3  
  08/01/1949 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  15/01/1949 Coventry CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 16 - 8  
  22/01/1949 Richmond CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 33 - 3  
  29/01/1949 Wasps WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 19 - 3  
  05/02/1949 Scarlets WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 6  
  10/02/1949 Oxford University WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 10 - 3  
  12/02/1949 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 3  
  19/02/1949 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  26/02/1949 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  18/03/1950 Harlequins CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 3  
  25/03/1950 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  01/04/1950 Cardiff WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  08/04/1950 Devonport Services FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 3  
  11/04/1950 Barbarians WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 8  
  15/04/1950 Abertillery WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 0  
  22/04/1950 Plymouth Albion CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 29 - 6  
  24/04/1950 Torquay Athletic CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  25/04/1950 Exeter Chiefs CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  29/04/1950 Penarth CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 24 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/11/1950 Plymouth Albion CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 33 - 3  
  02/12/1950 Bristol Bears CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 12 - 0  
  09/12/1950 Cambridge University CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 6  
  23/12/1950 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  26/12/1950 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  30/12/1950 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  06/01/1951 Devonport Services CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  23/04/1951 Torquay Athletic CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 3  
  24/04/1951 Exeter Chiefs CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  10/11/1951 Gloucester Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 0  
  27/12/1951 Rosslyn Park CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 3  
  31/12/1951 Cognac CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  01/01/1952 Nantes CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  19/01/1952 Coventry FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  26/01/1952 Richmond FL 3 0 0 0 9 W 18 - 3  
  02/02/1952 Bath Rugby FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 17 - 5  
  16/02/1952 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 11  
  23/02/1952 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 8  
  01/03/1952 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  13/03/1952 Oxford University FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  15/03/1952 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  22/03/1952 Plymouth Albion CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 25 - 3  
  24/03/1952 Torquay Athletic FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 0  
  25/03/1952 Exeter Chiefs FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  29/03/1952 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  03/04/1952 Swansea FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  05/04/1952 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  12/04/1952 Newbridge FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 9  
  14/04/1952 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  26/04/1952 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
Clubs: - London Welsh - Newport -
Education: - Loughborough College -
Region: - Monmouthshire -

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