Player

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 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 24 10 1 13 488 454 56
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 24 6 1 17 450 620 35
Cross Keys 22 5 1 16 452 681 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 23 1 0 22 335 905 3