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Gwyn Rowlands - Wing

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Gwyn Rowlands
Date Of Birth19/12/1928
Place Of BirthBerkhamsted
EducationBerkhamstead School
ClubsCardiff, London Welsh, Civil Service
HonoursWales
Gwyn Rowlands was born and educated in Berkhamsted and had dual qualifications for both England and Wales. In the 1948 - 9 season he had unsuccessful trials for the England national team and was invited for trials for Wales the following year. While on national service for the Royal Air Force at St Athan he accepted an invitation to join Cardiff Rugby Club. In 1953 he was part of the Cardiff team to face to touring New Zealand team and was instrumental in a famous victory, his cross-kick set up the first Cardiff try which he also converted. His performance won him his first Welsh international cap when he was brought in to face the same touring New Zealand side. Again he was instrumental to his team’s success, kicking two conversions and a penalty goal in the 13-8 Welsh victory. He played in three more internationals for Wales, two in the 1954 Five Nations Championship (against England and France) and one in 1956 (against France). During his career with Cardiff he scored 66 tries in 99 games and twice registered more than 100 points in a season. When he retired he returned to his hometown of Berkhamsted to become a doctor, later taking over his father's general practice.
Gwyn passed away at Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury on 30th April 2010 at the age of 82.    
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1951-1952 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
1952-1953 22 20 0 2 17 10 4 2 89
1953-1954 22 16 2 4 16 21 12 1 129
1954-1955 10 8 1 1 8 11 6 0 64
1955-1956 38 27 1 10 24 20 4 4 136
1956-1957 6 2 0 4 1 2 0 0 7
TOTAL 99 74 4 21 67 64 26 7 428
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 7 7 0 0 183 100 32
Aberavon 6 5 0 1 123 105 21
Merthyr 7 4 0 3 172 148 21
Pontypridd 7 4 0 3 161 167 20
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 7 4 0 3 161 142 19
Carmarthen Quins 6 4 0 2 134 110 18
Newport 7 3 0 4 152 139 18
Llandovery 5 2 0 3 124 112 12
Swansea 7 2 0 5 113 133 12
Llanelli 6 2 0 4 112 158 10
Ebbw Vale 7 1 0 6 142 194 8
Bridgend Ravens 6 1 0 5 89 158 6