Alun Thomas

Alun Thomas

Position: Centre

Born 03/02/1926
Died 08/05/1991
Place Of Birth Cwmavon
Alun Gruffydd Thomas.   Centre/Wing/Outside half.  13 caps.
1952 v E,S,I,F; 1953 v S,I,F; 1954 v E,I,F; 1955 v    
DOB: 3/2/1926 Cwmavon.
DOD: 8/5/1991 Swansea (aged 65).
Main clubs: Swansea, Cardiff, Llanelli.
Alun Thomas will be remembered as a good utility player, but in fact he started as a superb outside half for Swansea, playing outside Roy Sutton and inside Len Davies. 

He then became just as good a centre at Cardiff and also played top-class rugby as wing and full back, being one of the few players who could always follow the exciting running of Cliff Morgan and provide a magnificent link with him and Bleddyn Williams. He began at Port Talbot County School and won a cap for Wales Secondary Schools against England in 1945. He went on to Aberystwyth University and played for Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech and then Swansea, for whom he appeared 107 times and scored 177 points (19t,24c,13p,10dg). He appeared for the All Whites against Australia in 1947 and in 1950-51 joined Cardiff, playing 82 times (19t,5dg) until 1954-55, being on the wing against South Africa in 1951 and then outstanding at centre in the win over NZ in 1953. He had won 10 caps from Cardiff – nine at centre and one at outside half - with his drop goal helping beat France in 1952 and secure the Grand Slam. In 1955 he switched to Llanelli and won three caps in the centre including scoring a fine try and creating another with a clever cross-kick in Paris. He toured South Africa with the 1955 Lions but injury restricted him to five appearances at full back. A sales manager and oil company rep, he became appeals officer for the National Trust and was a WRU selector (1963-68), assistant manager of Wales to South Africa 1964 and a well-respected manager of the 1974 Lions in South Africa. In 1985-86 he became WRU president. His brother-in-law was Len Blythe (3 caps, 1951-52) and his nephew was Roger Blyth (6 caps, 1974-80).  

This player profile courtesy of Howard Evans.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1946/1947 8 4 0 4 1 2 0 0 7  
  1947/1948 29 16 1 12 5 16 11 3 92  
  1948/1949 30 19 2 9 5 5 2 3 40  
  1949/1950 31 22 3 6 6 0 0 3 27  
  1950/1951 6 2 3 1 2 0 0 1 9  
  1953/1954 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1954/1955 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2  
  Total 107 65 9 33 19 24 13 10 177  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1947
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  19/02/1947 CA Bordeaux-Begles Gironde CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 12  
  01/03/1947 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  15/03/1947 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  22/03/1947 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  04/04/1947 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 18  
  07/04/1947 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 7  
  08/04/1947 Coventry FH 0 1 0 0 2 W 9 - 3  
  19/04/1947 Pontypool FH 1 1 0 0 5 L 5 - 14  
Season Breakdown for 1948
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  13/09/1947 London FH 1 3 0 0 9 W 23 - 11  
  15/09/1947 Penzance & Newlyn FH 0 1 0 0 2 W 17 - 0  
  16/09/1947 Redruth FH 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  20/09/1947 Bath Rugby FH 1 3 2 0 15 W 21 - 3  
  27/09/1947 Newport FH 0 2 0 0 4 L 16 - 33  
  04/10/1947 Rosslyn Park FH 1 1 1 1 12 L 11 - 24  
  11/10/1947 Richmond FH 0 1 1 0 5 L 6 - 8  
  25/10/1947 Blackheath FH 1 1 1 1 12 W 18 - 16  
  01/11/1947 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  08/11/1947 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  22/11/1947 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  29/11/1947 Cross Keys CE 0 1 1 0 5 W 15 - 8  
  13/12/1947 Australia CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 11  
  25/12/1947 Watsonians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 3  
  26/12/1947 UAU FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  17/01/1948 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  24/01/1948 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  31/01/1948 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  21/02/1948 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  28/02/1948 Bristol Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 4 - 3  
  06/03/1948 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 4 - 6  
  13/03/1948 Pembrokeshire CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 9  
  26/03/1948 Newbridge CE 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  29/03/1948 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 12  
  03/04/1948 Coventry CE 0 1 0 0 2 L 9 - 15  
  17/04/1948 Cardiff CE 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 8  
  19/04/1948 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  22/04/1948 Newport CE 0 1 2 1 12 W 18 - 11  
  24/04/1948 Pembrokeshire CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 9 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1949
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  09/09/1948 London CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 37 - 11  
  11/09/1948 Bristol Rugby CE 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 8  
  13/09/1948 Torquay CE 0 1 0 0 2 D 11 - 11  
  15/09/1948 Exmouth CE 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 8  
  18/09/1948 Bath Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  21/09/1948 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  02/10/1948 Rosslyn Park CE 1 1 0 0 5 L 11 - 21  
  09/10/1948 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  16/10/1948 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  30/10/1948 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  06/11/1948 Cross Keys FB 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 8  
  20/11/1948 Aberavon FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  27/11/1948 Richmond FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  04/12/1948 Plymouth Albion CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  11/12/1948 Coventry FH 0 1 1 0 5 W 16 - 3  
  18/12/1948 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  25/12/1948 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 9  
  28/12/1948 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  01/01/1949 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  08/01/1949 RAF FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 3  
  29/01/1949 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 8  
  12/02/1949 Guy's Hospital FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  19/02/1949 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 3 - 14  
  26/02/1949 Bristol Rugby FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 13  
  26/03/1949 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 12  
  02/04/1949 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  07/04/1949 Pembrokeshire FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  09/04/1949 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  16/04/1949 Harlequins CE 1 0 0 1 6 W 21 - 3  
  18/04/1949 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
Season Breakdown for 1950
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  10/09/1949 Pembrokeshire CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 3  
  15/09/1949 Aviron Bayonnais FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 3  
  17/09/1949 Bristol Rugby FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 3  
  24/09/1949 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  01/10/1949 Rosslyn Park FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 5  
  08/10/1949 Wing CDR. Walker's XV FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  10/10/1949 Bective Rangers FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 5  
  15/10/1949 Cardiff FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 18 - 12  
  22/10/1949 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  29/10/1949 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 6  
  12/11/1949 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  19/11/1949 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  26/11/1949 Richmond FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 3  
  03/12/1949 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  10/12/1949 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  24/12/1949 Watsonians FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 8  
  27/12/1949 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 11  
  28/01/1950 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  11/02/1950 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 11  
  18/02/1950 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  11/03/1950 Bath Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 8 - 26  
  18/03/1950 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  25/03/1950 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 8  
  27/03/1950 Birmingham CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  01/04/1950 Plymouth Albion CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  03/04/1950 Newbridge CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  08/04/1950 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  10/04/1950 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  15/04/1950 Cross Keys CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 0  
  22/04/1950 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  27/04/1950 Redruth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1951
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  28/09/1950 Ranji Walker’s XV FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  30/09/1950 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  07/10/1950 Rosslyn Park FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 10  
  14/10/1950 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 6 - 11  
  21/10/1950 Neath FH 1 0 0 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  28/10/1950 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
Season Breakdown for 1954
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  24/09/1953 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  25/12/1953 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 11  
Season Breakdown for 1955
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/10/1954 Harlequins FB 0 1 0 0 2 L 8 - 16  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 13 11 0 2 1 0 0 1 6  
Clubs: - Cardiff - Llanelli Wanderers - Llangennech - Swansea -
Education: - Port Talbot County School - Aberystwyth University -
Region: - Scarlets -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - Wales - Wales Schools -

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