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JAMES , DAVID ( 1863 - 1929 ), and EVAN (d. c. 1920 ), Rugby football players ;

brothers who were the most brilliant pair of half-backs of their day and rendered invaluable service to Welsh Rugby football . They were the great initiators of the half-back tactics which were developed and improved by R. M. Owen (q.v.) , Richard Jones , and W. J. Trew (q.v.) . In 1892 they went North and became professionals. They later returned to Wales , were reinstated, and subsequently figured in the Swansea XV and in the Welsh side that played against England in 1899 . The brothers earned fame as a pair rather than as individuals. David James d. 2 Jan. 1929 .

Sources:

  • Rugby Football Annual , 1929-30 , 18;
  • W. J. T. Collins , Rugby Recollections , 1948 , 91-2;
  • Western Mail , 3 Jan. 1929 ;
  • The Times , 3 Jan. 1929 .

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959