1914-19 Season

THE STORY OF SWANSEA RFC

DURING THE GREAT WAR

 

Capped v NZ Army : Evan Rees (d), Tom Parker (d)

(d) = International debut, (c) = captain of international side.

 

Fixtures were cancelled during the hostilities of World War 1 and did not resume until the 1919/20 season.

An international match was played at Cardiff Arms Park on 17 April 1915 between  nominal England v Wales sides. Players were nearly all serving members of the armed forces.It was an unofficial (non capped) match. The ‘Wales’ team included 3 Swansea players, namely, Edgar Morgan, Bryn Lewis and Tom Parker.


Above: the teams that played the wartime uncapped international at Cardiff (Courtesy: Ellis Rugby)


 

 

 


Above: WRU plaque commemoratingWelsh international players who died in the Great War and also in the Second World War. The plaque is situated on the wall at the entrance to the Queen’s box at Cardiff Millennium Stadium (photo ‘Dragon Tales Rugby’)


 

Above: The memorial plaque for members of the Swansea Cricket & Football Club who were killed in the Great War. Formerly at the centre line in the old grandstand, it is now situated in the St Helens Bar at the club (Club Archive)

Wales also played the New Zealand Army Team on 21 April 1919 at St Helens (capped game).

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 21 17 0 4 612 340 86
Cardiff 21 16 1 4 647 430 81
Pontypridd 20 16 0 4 714 357 78
Ebbw Vale 21 15 1 5 474 348 71
Llandovery 21 13 1 7 572 381 66
Aberavon 20 13 2 5 440 382 63
Newport 21 12 2 7 526 489 63
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 19 10 0 9 496 410 56
Carmarthen Quins 22 10 0 12 456 420 53
Swansea 20 10 0 10 467 416 51
Llanelli 21 6 1 14 411 546 34
Bridgend Ravens 19 6 0 13 362 472 33
Cross Keys 20 5 1 14 432 648 33
Bedwas 21 5 1 15 441 614 30
Bargoed 20 3 0 17 361 683 18
Neath 19 1 0 18 287 762 3