11 Mar. 1895
, he became the town's idol. His talent on the rugby field flowered when he played as
World War I
, but it was as a
that he came into prominence.
was the most successful club for a period during the
, with men like
in its ranks, but it was ‘
’ who inspired them. Although he was not tall (5 foot 8 inches) he weighed over
twelve and a half stone. He could sprint, had a powerful tackle, and a kick like a donkey from the hand and from the ground. He could time his pass to his wing perfectly. He was never selfish but he could change the course of the game on his own.
Between 1920 and 1928
won 14 caps
, and could have won many more but for the foolishness of the selectors of that time. It was generally thought, both then and since, that he was one of the best centres
ever had. He
on his last international appearance, at the age of 33, against
. He refused more than once an offer to play rugby league. He d.
7 Oct. 1953
, and was honoured with a civic funeral by the borough of
Great rugger players, 1900-1954
Fields of Praise. The official history of
the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981
, Cardiff, 1980
8 Oct. 1953
Professor Gareth W. Williams, Aberystwyth