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William Cope
Date Of Birth18/08/1870
Place Of BirthRoath
EducationMr Shewbrook's Academy, Cambridge University, Repton School
ClubsCardiff, Blackheath
HonoursWales
InvitationalBarbarians
Born in Cardiff in 1870, William Cope played 47 times for Cardiff between 1891 and 1896 scoring one try. A second row forward, he had gained a ‘blue’ for Cambridge in the varsity match of 1891. On his return home he joined Cardiff whom he represented for five years. Cope also played for Blackheath and was invited to play for the Barbarians – playing seven times for the touring side, including two appearances against Cardiff. In 1896 William Cope was selected to play for Wales against Scotland, his only international appearance.
A Welsh Conservative Party politician, Cope was a Member of Parliament for Llandaff and Barry from 1918 to 1929 and in 1928 was knighted and also made a baronet. Sir William Cope, Bt was elevated to the peerage in July 1945 as Baron Cope of St Mellons.
Sir William Cope, Bart. K.C. J.P. D.L. died on 15th July 1946 aged 75.
COMPETITION PLAYED T C P DG PTS YC RC
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19