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Gwyn Rowlands - Wing

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
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