Swansea Rugby Club was saddened to hear of the passing last month of former player Hylton Bowen.
Hylton Bowen was a former Mountain Ash player and went on to captain Abercynon RFC. He played a major role during the 1970s golden period for that club. Several years prior to him joining Abercynon Hilton, then 19 years old and after just a handful of games for the Swansea, Hylton played in the Swansea RFC team that lost 12 – 0 to the touring South African Springboks in November 1969. Along with his scrum-half partner Tom Pullman, also from Mountain Ash RFC, Bowen was drafted in to the side led by Stuart Davies to face the Springbok tourists on 15 November 1969. At this point he had only played two matches for the “All Whites”; the home win over Blackheath and away loss to Llanelli at Stradey Park, both games in November.
Hylton went on to play five times more for Swansea in November and December including the games against Richmond, Cardiff, Cross Keys, Watsonians and UAU. He turned out in the fly-half position in all but the Christmas game with Watsonians and UAU, where he played at centre, partnering Arwel Rees in the former and Swansea skipper Stuart Davies in the latter.
Hylton joined Abercynon in 1975-76 season and over his 9 season tenure at the Club played 260 games and ran in an impressive 73 tries. In addition, he captained the 1st XV in season 1977-78, when they lost just 3 games out of 39, winning both the Mid District Championship and Knock-Out Cup and also the Mid District 7s tournament
The sympathy of all at St Helen’s is extended to Hylton’s wife Jennifer and children Nicola, Paula, Gareth and their families.