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CAPTAIN : REES WILLIAMS
MOST APPEARANCES : 41 (FRANK WILLIAMS)
MOST TRIES : 8 (GEORGE BEYNON)
MOST POINTS : 90 (ALUN THOMAS)
NO WALES CAPS DURING SEASON
Australia defeated Swansea by 11 points to 8 on 13th December 1947 in front of 30,000 spectators. A feature of the game was a long distance try by Dil Johnson who intercepted near the Swansea line and outstripped the opposition. The captain D Glyn Davies succeeded with the conversion to add to a first half Len Davies penalty. With barely 5 minutes of play left, Swansea were leading 8-3 and it looked as if the All Whites had once again achieved an outstanding victory, as in 1908, but it was not to be. The big Australian forward Shehadie hurled himself forward over the Swansea line following a lineout which levelled the scores. then with seconds to go, the visitors snatched a famous victory.
In order for the game versus Leicester on 21 February 1948 to proceed, 60 German prisoners of war cleared snow from the pitch !
Back Row L to R: L Davies, L Fligelstone, Cliff Prosser, W E Harris, D Ivor Saunders, D Jones, R Dobbs, W D Johnson, G Jeffries, B Evans, J Rowlands, L Blyth, G Bateman, D Hunt, T Day, Rowe Harding.
2nd Row L to R: G Morse, O Morse, A Thomas, G Bowen, D G Davis, L Davis, G Beynon, V Davis, J Jenkins.
Front Row L to R: D Lewis, F Williams, D Jones. (Club Archive).
Swansea team v Australia 13 Dec. 1947, captain: D.G. Davies.
The Australian team that played Swansea at St Helens 13 Dec. 1947. Australia won 11 – 8. (Club Archive).
Match programme Swansea v Australia 13 Dec. 1947 (Club Archive)