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OWEN , RICHARD MORGAN ( 1877 - 1932 ), Wales and Swansea Rugby scrummage halfback ;

b. 1877 . Of small physique and looking prematurely old, Owen was extremely tough and on the Rugby field he had acquired a technique in passing the ball and a craft in his play around the scrummage never, perhaps, excelled. He was generally acclaimed a master of tactics, and with his club partner, Richard Jones , helped to make Swansea the outstanding club side in the season 1904-5 . Owen , as partner of such players as Richard Jones , Percy Bush , and W. J. Trew (q.v.) , gained thirty-five ‘caps’ for Wales , and it was he who helped to engineer the winning try against the New Zealanders in that famous match played on the Cardiff Arms Park in 1905 . Owen 's outstanding career extended from 1901 to 1910 . He d. 27 Feb. 1932 in tragic circumstances, by taking his own life , at the Nag's Head Inn , Landore , Swansea , of which he had been licensee since June 1931 .


  • W. J. T. Collins , Rugby Recollections (1948) , 96;
  • Rugby Football Annual , 1932-3 , 14;
  • The Times , 29 Feb. and 1 March 1932 ;
  • Western Mail , 29 Feb. 1932 .


Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959