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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
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
Merthyr 18 15 0 3 534 302 76
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Cardiff 18 13 1 4 551 379 67
Ebbw Vale 18 13 1 4 397 292 62
Newport 18 12 0 6 470 430 57
Llandovery 18 11 1 6 506 321 57
Aberavon 17 11 1 5 402 355 53
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 18 9 0 9 394 340 47
Swansea 17 8 0 9 371 349 41
Cross Keys 17 4 1 12 379 562 28
Bridgend Ravens 16 5 0 11 316 424 27
Llanelli 18 4 1 13 337 499 25
Bedwas 17 4 0 13 341 527 23
Bargoed 17 3 0 14 327 574 17
Neath 16 1 0 15 261 622 3