Player

Maldwyn James - Hooker

Maldwyn James
Date Of Birth28/06/1913
Place Of BirthCilfynydd
EducationPontypridd Grammar School
ClubsCardiff, Cilfynydd, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd
HonoursWales
David Maldwyn James was born in Cilfynydd in 1913 and attended Pontypridd Boys Grammar School before working underground as a collier for the Albion Colliery, Cilfynydd.
During the early 1930s he played rugby for Cilfynydd and Pontypridd at Hooker and in 1937 - 38 he was selected for the Welsh international trials. Unfortunately, a severe injury to his right foot kept him out of the game until 1941.
In 1945 he joined Cardiff and although playing hooker was a prolific goal kicker contributing 145 points to the season. In three seasons at the Arms Park he made 85 appearances for the club. During his time with Cardiff he played in four 'Victory' internationals for Wales at the end of the Second World War. Caps were not awarded for these matches, but James did later win five caps for Wales. His debut was in the Wales v Australia match on 20th December 1947 at Cardiff Arms Park when Maldwyn James became the oldest player to make a debut for Wales - he was aged 34 years and five months.
When he retired from rugby he continued to be involved with the club, serving on the Committee in season 1949 - 50 and thereafter in many capacities until he retired in 1959 - 60. In 1972 – 3 he was re-appointed to the Committee and was Chairman in season 1975 - 76 before finally retiring in 1984.
Maldwyn James passed away in Aberdare in July 2003 at the age of 90.
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1945-1946 36 29 2 5 1 53 12 0 145
1946-1947 21 17 2 2 1 9 6 0 39
1947-1948 27 27 0 0 0 2 0 0 4
TOTAL 84 73 4 7 2 64 18 0 188
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3