Player

Bill Roche - Back Row

Bill Roche
Date Of Birth28/03/1895
Place Of BirthLimerick
EducationUniversity College Cork
ClubsNewport, Cardiff
HonoursBritish and Irish Lions, Ireland
Dr William J Roche was born in 1895 in Limerick and represented Munster, Ireland and the British Lions. His club career saw him play for University College Cork, Cardiff and Newport. After playing for Newport in 1920 he moved west to play for Cardiff in the 1921 - 2 season, playing 22 games in the back row for the Blue and Blacks. Only one season later he re-joined the Black and Ambers, playing there until 1926 - 7, making 156 appearances and scoring 22 tries. Roche gained three international caps for Ireland and was selected for the 1924 British lions tour of South Africa although he didn't play in any of the test matches.
William Roche died in June 1983 at the age of 88.
COMPETITION PLAYED T C P DG PTS YC RC
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3