Wilf Wooller dies aged 84

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Wilf Wooller, the former Wales rugby captain and Glamorgan cricket captain, has died at the age of 84.

He represented Wales at rugby union on 18 occasions, led Glamorgan to their first county cricket championship titles in 1948 and played centre- forward for Cardiff City. He was also a Wales squash international.

He won both rugby and cricket Blues at Cambridge and also played for Llandudno, Sale, The Army, Cardiff, London Welsh and the Barbarians.

He won his first cap as a 20-year-old against England in 1933 on the day that Wales recorded their first victory at Twickenham. His 18th and last cap was against Ireland in 1939 before the Second World War intervened.

Playing at either wing or centre, Wooller scored 26 points in his international career, including six tries, and was in the side that beat the All Blacks in 1935. He was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese in Java, and could not resume his rugby rugby after the war.

He was a player with Glamorgan county cricket club from 1938 until 1962, captaining them from 1947 to 1960. He played in 400 games bringing him 12,078 runs, 892 wickets and 391 catches. He completed the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in 1954. He was an England Test selector from 1952 to 1958.

Obituary, page 14

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