Sports Q 7 A: Wandering Wilf

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Q. When was the last time that a player from a club in Mid or North Wales represented their country at rugby union?

A. Wilf Wooller won his first Welsh rugby union caps from Rydal School, North Wales, in 1933 and continued the sequence up to 1939 with Sale, Cambridge University and Cardiff. Post-war Dewi Bebb, Mike Roberts and Tony Gray were North Wales born, but won their caps playing for clubs outside the area. Incidentally, the present England coach, Clive Woodward, won his first cap (a senior schoolboy honour) in the Welsh side from the Conway Training Ship, Sir Caernarfon.

Gron Williams, Hereford

A. Rothmans lists just three, the most recent being CG Taylor of Ruabon, who had nine caps and last played for Wales v Ireland in 1887. The others listed are HC Vincent (Bangor) and CP Allen (Oxford University and Beaumaris), who both played in the early 1880s.

D Hopkins, Alderley Edge


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