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MORGAN , EDWARD (‘ E.T. ’; 1880 - 1949 ), rugby player ;

b. 22 May 1880 at Aber-nant , Cynon valley, Glam. , and educated at Christ College Brecon and Guy's Hospital , London . DrTeddy (thus E.T. ’) Morgan scored the most historic try in the history of the game in Wales , if not the most remarkable one ever. It was his try which secured a 3-0 win for Wales over the All Blacks of New Zealand in Cardiff on 16 Dec. 1905 . Not only was he exceptionally fast but he could deceive his opponents with a skilful dummy pass and sidestep. He could tackle and kick well. He came to the notice of the national selectors when he scored three tries for Newport against Blackheath in Oct. 1901 . He is usually associated with the London Welsh and Guy's Hospital . He scored 14 tries in his 16 international matches between 1902 and 1908 . E.T. and William Morris Llewellyn ( Pen-y-graig ), a fellow-pupil at Christ College , formed the best partnership ever seen on the wings for Wales . In 1904 he scored in every international match and went on tour to Australia and New Zealand with the British team . He played against South Africa in 1906 . He d. 1 Sept. 1949 in North Walsham , Norfolk .

His brother WILLIAM LLEWELLYN MORGAN ( 9 Mar. 1884 - 11 Apr. 1960 ) played rugby for Wales in 1910 , as did his nephew William Guy Morgan , 1927-30 .

Sources:

  • David Smith and Gareth Williams , Fields of Praise. The official history of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881-1981 , Cardiff, 1980 (1980) ;
  • South Wales Echo , 1 Sept. 1949 ;
  • Western Mail and The Times , 2 Sept. 1949 .

Author:

Professor Gareth W. Williams, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001