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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 19 15 0 4 541 318 76
Cardiff 19 14 1 4 591 395 72
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Ebbw Vale 19 14 1 4 411 302 66
Llandovery 19 12 1 6 531 338 61
Newport 19 12 1 6 488 448 59
Aberavon 18 12 1 5 418 362 57
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 19 9 0 10 410 380 47
Swansea 18 9 0 9 419 370 46
Cross Keys 18 5 1 12 397 579 32
Bridgend Ravens 17 5 0 12 326 438 28
Llanelli 19 4 1 14 354 524 25
Bedwas 18 4 1 13 359 545 25
Bargoed 18 3 0 15 344 592 18
Neath 17 1 0 16 282 670 3