Category Archives: Wales

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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Lest We Forget ̶ John Lewis Williams (Wales) 12/07/1916

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the flying Welsh wing-three-quarter, John (“Johnny” or “Johnnie”) Lewis Williams, was inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame, ninety-nine years after his death in the Great War. It was a richly deserved honour. He … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Richard “Dick” Thomas (Wales) 07/07/1916

Company Sergeant Major Dick Thomas was killed during the early stages of the Battle of the Somme, while bravely leading his men in the initial attack on Mametz Wood on the 7th July 1916. A policeman in civilian life, and … Continue reading

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England and Wales stars of the future line up in 1989

The England Wales rugby fixture is currently enjoying a golden age. The fixture is one of sport’s most historic and competitive and in recent years has decided Grand Slams, 6-Nations Championships, Triple Crowns and World Cup campaigns. In 1989 England … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Lou Phillips (Wales) 14/03/1916

Arguably no sport requires such a wide and varied range of skills as rugby. It isn’t surprising, therefore, that many of the best exponents of the game have also been good at other sports. And of all the Welsh sportsmen … Continue reading

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‘Clem’ Lewis and the King’s Cup

J M Clement ‘Clem’ Lewis was a talented fly half for Cardiff and Cambridge University either side of World War One, who won 11 caps between 1912 and 1923 and rose to captain Wales in the last two of those games. From Bridgend, … Continue reading

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Ode to Arthur ‘Monkey’ Gould

Arthur Joseph ‘Monkey’ Gould was arguably the first great Welsh rugby player. As captain he led Wales to her first Home Nations Championship victory and Triple Crown in 1893. In 1949 WJT Collins, in his book ‘Rugby Recollections’, described his fellow Newport … Continue reading

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