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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 14 12 0 2 337 211 55
Carmarthen Quins 14 9 2 3 334 244 47
Aberavon 13 9 0 4 293 223 43
Merthyr 16 8 0 8 321 321 42
Pontypridd 16 9 0 7 346 332 42
RGC 1404 15 7 1 7 367 337 38
Llandovery 13 6 2 5 292 249 36
Newport 14 6 0 8 277 266 33
Swansea 14 6 0 8 199 236 29
Llanelli 14 6 0 8 275 364 27
Ebbw Vale 15 3 1 11 257 328 21
Bridgend Ravens 16 3 0 13 245 432 18