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A Century of Welsh Rugby Players


By Wayne Thomas, 1980


There is a Foreword by D E Wilson of Ansells Brewery Ltd who were associated with the Centenary of the Welsh Rugby Union and donated part of the sale proceeds of the book to the Union's Charitable Fund.

There is an introductory piece by Wilfred Wooller on the theme ' The Evolutionary Process of the 100 Years', here is his opening paragraph;

"Evolution and natural selection is a process by which this world has matured. The rugby game is equally subject to these laws of nature. It cannot stand still. It must evolve. The rugby code is fortunate in that its complicated structure of players and laws, allow various alternatives of development, not so the parent code from which it sprang, association football...."

The author's introduction explains how he selected the 100 players who have short biographical sketches in the book,

There is a Conclusion by Phil Bennett, here is his opening paragraph;

"Any rugby player is honoured by recognition, especially by one's own people, and we in Wales are deeply proud of our rugby heritage. To be included in a list of a century of rugby players is something special even though, at the same time, one must pay tribute to the other gallant six hundred who have worn the magical scarlet jersey with the Prince of Wales feathers emblem...."

There is an alphabetical list of Welsh internationals with their clubs and who they played against and when.

Also a list of the leading Welsh Cap holders as at 1980.

The biographical sketches are listed below by reference to the period in the game's development that the author has defined.

Each of the 100 players has a photograph included, here is a list of other photographs




List of Other Photographs

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This list shows the date, opponent country,page number, and whether players' names are included.
A 'yes' indicates a set team group, but some are 'in play' shots.
They are in page order, but not always chronological.

1882, Ireland, 8, yes

1893, ?, 14, yes

1899, Ireland, 26, yes

1900, England, 26, no

1902, Scotland, 31, no

1902, England, 34, one

1904/5, England, 37, yes

1905, New Zealand, 39, yes

1905, New Zealand, 39, three

1907, England, 41, one

1906, South Africa 43, no

1907/8, Scotland, 48, yes

1902, Scotland, 51, three

1911, Scotland, 55, yes

1921, France, 56, two

1925, Scotland, 56, one

1924, New Zealand, 59, two

1926, Ireland, 70, no

1923, England, 76, one

1922, England, 77, yes

1932, England, 78, yes

1935, New Zealand, 87, yes

1938, Scotland, 90, one

1935, New ZAealand, 92, one

1937, England, 95, one

1952, Scotland, 100, yes

1955, Ireland, 100, one

1953, Scotland, 123, one

1953, New Zealand, 128, yes

1965, Ireland, 140, yes

1958, Australia, 140, yes

1965, Ireland, 144, one

1979, England, 174, yes

1969, England, 174, yes

1970, South Africa, 179, one

1970/1, Grand Slam Season, 180, yes

1970/1, Grand Slam Season,183
G O Edwards, T M Davies, P Bennett, J P R Williams, I Hall

1974, Scotland, 185, one

1976, England, 186, one

1976, France, 188, no

1975/6, Scotland, 191, yes



Biographical Sketches

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F. E. Hancock

A. J. Gould

J. Hannan

W. J. Bancroft

A. W. Boucher

E. G. Nicholls

G. Ll. Lloyd

G. Boots

W M. Llewellyn

J. J. Hodges

A. Brice



W. J. Trew

R. T. Gabe

R. Jones

R. M. Owen

A. F. Harding

D. Jones

W. W. Joseph

E. T. Morgan

G. Travers

H. B. Winfield

C. M. Pritchard

P. F. Bush

J. L. Williams

J. Webb

T. H. Vile

J. P. Jones

I. Morgan

J. Bancroft




T. Parker

A. Jenkins

S. Morris

W. J. Delahay

W. Rowe Harding

I. Jones

W. C. Powell

W. G. Thomas

T. Arthur

E. M. Jenkins

A. Skym

J. Bassett

J. C. Morley

F. L. Williams




R. W Boon

E. C. Davey

A. R. Ralph

V. G. J. Jenkins

W. Wooller

C. W. Jones

A. M. Rees

J. I. Rees

W H. Tanner

W. T. H. Davies

W. H. Travers



W. B. Cleaver

K. J. Jones

J. Matthews

J. R. G. Stephens

B. L. Williams

C. Davies

R. T. Evans

J. A. Gwilliam

W. R. Cale

D. J. Hayward

M. C. Thomas

R. C. C. Thomas

E. R. John

B. L. Jones

W. R. Willis

C. I. Morgan

W. O. G. Williams

T. J. Davies

C. C. Meredith

B. V. Meredith

R. H. Williams

T R. Prosser




H. J. Morgan

D. I. E. Bebb

B. Price

A. E. I. Pask

D. C. T Rowlands

B. Thomas

D. Watkins

D. Williams

S. J. Dawes

T G. R. Davies

B. John

W. D. Thomas

J. Taylor

G. O. Edwards

W. D. Morris

M. C. T. Richards

K. S. Jarrett





T. M. Davies

J. P. R. Williams

P. Bennett

R. W. Windsor

A. J. Martin

T. J. Cobner

G. Price


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