Category Archives: Wales

Lest We Forget – Bryn Lewis (Wales) 2 April 1917

Brinley Richard Lewis was a speedy wing three-quarter of great skill who, for a variety of reasons, was never able to demonstrate his talents to the full at international level.  He was highly regarded by English critics, some of whom … Continue reading

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Match Highlights: England Colts v Wales Youth, 1989

A previous blog post entitled ‘England and Wales stars of the future line-up in 1989’ featured the likes of Martin Johnson and Scott Gibbs singing their respective anthems in the lead-up to a tough-tackling ‘England Colts’ v ‘Wales Youth’ match … Continue reading

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Rugby’s Greatest Upsets Part 2 – Wales v New Zealand, 1905

New Zealand had set down a marker of quality when defeating a tired and injury ravaged British Lions side at the tail end of their tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1904. The tourists had comfortably defeated Australia in … Continue reading

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THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL MATCH AT KINGSHOLM – England 3 Wales 13, 6th January 1900

With a fixture list already bristling with Welsh opponents by the end of the 19th century, and flush with the success of their new ground at Kingsholm, opened in 1891, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Gloucester club aspired to … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Horace Wyndham Thomas (Wales) 03/09/1916

Horace Wyndham Thomas was that very rare combination: not only a gifted Cambridge choral scholar, but also a brilliant Welsh international rugby player. Press reports of his games for Blackheath or Cambridge University – he played almost all his senior … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget ̶ Charles “Charlie” Meyrick Pritchard (Wales) 14/08/1916

During the Great War, Captain Wyndham Williams RAMC kept a diary of his experiences as a medical officer on the Western Front. In August 1916, he was on duty at a casualty clearing station when one of the wounded caught … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget ̶ David “Dai” Watts (Wales) 14/07/1916

Yet another casualty of the Battle of the Somme, “Dai” Watts  ̶  a tough and immensely strong forward  ̶  was at the core of a formidable and powerful Welsh pack who outplayed all their international opponents in the last season … Continue reading

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