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HODGES , JEHOIADA ( 1877? - 1930 ), Wales and Newport Rugby forward ;

b. 1877? at Newport , he was regarded as one of the most dashing forwards of his day with a capacity for rising to a great occasion. He was noted for doing everything well, whether scrummaging, dribbling, tackling, or passing. Hodges played regularly for the Newport Rugby club and between 1899 and 1906 he played in twenty-three international matches for Wales . The most remarkable experience in his career was in the match against England at Swansea in 1903 when, after T. W. Pearson had retired injured, Hodges was moved from the scrum to the wing, and then went on to score three tries. He d. 13 Sept. 1930 , aged fifty-three.


  • W. J. T. Collins , Rugby Recollections (1948) , 79;
  • Rugby Football Annual , 1931 -2, 18;
  • The Times , 15 Sept. 1930 ;
  • Western Mail , 15 Sept. 1930 ;
  • South Wales Argus , 20 Sept. 1930 .


Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959