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Billy Cleaver - Fullback

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Billy Cleaver
Height175
Weight82
Date Of Birth15/09/1921
Place Of BirthTreorchy
EducationPentre School, University College, Cardiff
ClubsCardiff, Bridgend Ravens, Newbridge, Pentre, Treorchy
RegionsScarlets
HonoursWales, British and Irish Lions
InvitationalBarbarians
William Benjamin Cleaver played 141 games for Cardiff in the years immediately after WW2 (1945 – 1951). Although mainly an outside half he did play three games in the centre and one at full back when needed. Billy Cleaver represented Wales on 14 occasions, which included a Grand Slam in 1950. In that year he was selected to play in the British Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand and played 10 provincial matches and three test games against the All Blacks.
Born in Treorchy in 1921 Cleaver gained the nickname "Billy Kick" after playing one game against Scotland in heavy conditions.
A coal miner by trade he spent most of his life within the industry. Outside of rugby he was a keen patron of the Arts and was vice chairman of the Welsh Arts Council.
Billy Cleaver died in Cardiff in September 2003.
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1945-1946 31 25 1 5 8 0 0 1 28
1946-1947 28 23 3 2 13 1 0 0 41
1947-1948 29 28 0 1 12 0 0 2 44
1948-1949 28 22 3 3 7 3 0 0 27
1949-1950 21 18 1 2 4 2 0 1 19
1950-1951 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 138 117 8 13 44 6 0 4 159
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 7 7 0 0 183 100 32
Aberavon 6 5 0 1 123 105 21
Merthyr 7 4 0 3 172 148 21
Pontypridd 7 4 0 3 161 167 20
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 7 4 0 3 161 142 19
Carmarthen Quins 6 4 0 2 134 110 18
Newport 7 3 0 4 152 139 18
Llandovery 5 2 0 3 124 112 12
Swansea 7 2 0 5 113 133 12
Llanelli 6 2 0 4 112 158 10
Ebbw Vale 7 1 0 6 142 194 8
Bridgend Ravens 6 1 0 5 89 158 6