John Faull

John Faull

Position: Back Row

Date Of Birth 30/06/1933 (84)
Place Of Birth Morriston
Height 183cm / 6'
Weight 95kg / 14st 13lbs

Born on 30 June 1933, John Faull was a Morriston man and achieved great success both with Wales and the British & Irish Lions. But at St Helen’s he is perhaps best known for an achievement at the very start of his career with Swansea. John had attended and played for Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire and then served his National Service in the Royal Navy. At the start of his Swansea debut season in 1953-54 John had only two games for the club under his belt; against Pontypool where he was played at full-back and against British Police where he was moved to centre, a position he was preferred in for the rest of the season. Both games were at St Helen’s and were lost.

His third outing for the club was in the historic 6 – 6 draw with New Zealand on 12 December 1953 at St Helen’s. He was again selected at centre when Terry Davies had to withdraw, Wyn Bratton moving to full-back. The controversial selection of the 20 year old Faull was more than justified. At six foot three and nearly fifteen stone, he was a handful of a player who would normally be a back row natural, but he possessed speed and had a good kicking game as well as sound tackling. John Faull was put in Swansea’s three-quarter line to disrupt the All Blacks’ game plan and he more than played his part. Early in the first half Swansea were awarded a penalty and skipper Dil Johnson asked Faull to have a go, despite the position being virtually on the half-way line. Swansea and Wales wing Horace Phillips played in the match and later recalled: “I well remember the occasion as I was stood directly behind John as he took the kick. I knew immediately that the kick was successful as there was a distinct singing sound as the boot struck the leather. The ball sailed between the posts. This was followed by two tries by Alan Elsom [New Zealand]. Before half-time Swansea were awarded another penalty in almost the same position as the first. This again was successful and the first half came to an end with the scores ties at six points each. In the second-half Swansea defended their line tenaciously and forced the All Blacks to attempt drop-goals, none of which were successful and the match ended in a draw.”

Two huge penalties from Faull’s ‘siege gun’ boot had helped write another famous chapter in Swansea rugby to add to the 1935 win over the New Zealand tourists. John made 20 appearances at centre for Swansea that season before being moved to a more conventional No8 position the following season. There he remained as an extremely mobile back rower with always the threat of a long range points kicker. John Faull remained a regular first fifteen selection from 1953-54 till 1962-63, playing 211 matches (21 tries, 61 conversions, 57 penalties and 1 drop goal). As a respected senior player John captained the “All Whites” for 1962-63. He added to his New Zealand appearance by completing ‘the set’, playing for Swansea against Australia in 1957 (lost 6 – 12) and South Africa in 1960 (lost 3 – 19).

John Faull’s international career took off in 1957 when he won the first of 12 Welsh caps in the Cardiff mud against Ireland. It was a game Wales won 6 – 5 but had to change jerseys at half-time as no one could be identified for the mud clinging to them. John played against Ireland again in 1958 and 1959; France in 1957, 1958 and 1959; Australia in 1958; Scotland in 1958 and 1959 and England in 1958, 1959, and 1960.

Faull’s consistent selection for Wales - he missed just one of the nine Welsh games after his Ireland debut - saw his inclusion in the 1959 British & Irish tour to Australia and New Zealand. He played in the first test against Australia and three of the four Tests in New Zealand including the final Test where the ‘Lions’ won 9 - 6, making 20 appearances all together on the tour. His selection was well justified and his style of play well suited to the southern hemisphere game, where he turned out at No8 and was utilised as a goal kicker, scoring 60 points on the tour, including a brace of tries in the opening game against New South Wales.

John also was selected for Barbarian teams three times, including an 11 – 6 win over Australia in 1958, the third time he lined up against that touring side and second win! He played in the Welsh side against an International XV in Cardiff in the Empire games to raise money for the Commonwealth Games in 1958. He also had the honour of playing for the England/Wales team against Scotland/Ireland in the Twickenham Jubilee match in 1959. Both those jerseys remain on display at St Helen’s, along with his ‘Lions’ jersey from 1959, a testament to a great all round player.

                John Faull worked in the steel industry, becoming a company director. His father Wilfred Faull had been an international referee in two matches in 1936. John was a long-time member of the All Whites Former Players’ Association and had attended their Annual Dinners but had been ill for some time before his passing on 21 June 2017.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1953/1954 20 7 5 8 3 17 3 0 52  
  1954/1955 10 6 2 2 0 0 1 0 3  
  1955/1956 26 12 4 10 0 5 3 0 19  
  1956/1957 17 7 4 6 4 0 0 0 12  
  1957/1958 17 9 1 7 2 13 5 1 50  
  1958/1959 17 9 1 7 2 2 2 0 16  
  1959/1960 17 7 3 7 2 0 2 0 12  
  1960/1961 31 19 3 9 5 8 12 0 67  
  1961/1962 32 10 6 16 1 7 20 0 77  
  1962/1963 24 9 2 13 2 9 9 0 51  
  Total 211 95 31 85 21 61 57 1 359  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1954
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/10/1953 Pontypool FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  05/12/1953 British Police CE 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 13  
  12/12/1953 New Zealand CE 0 0 2 0 6 D 6 - 6  
  25/12/1953 Watsonians CE 0 3 0 0 6 W 21 - 11  
  26/12/1953 UAU CE 0 1 0 0 2 D 5 - 5  
  28/12/1953 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  02/01/1954 RAF CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 6  
  23/01/1954 North Wales CE 1 5 0 0 13 W 31 - 10  
  13/02/1954 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  20/02/1954 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  18/03/1954 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 17  
  20/03/1954 Leicester Tigers CE 1 0 0 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  25/03/1954 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  27/03/1954 Wasps FB 0 2 0 0 4 W 10 - 8  
  03/04/1954 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  07/04/1954 Cardiff CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 10 - 13  
  10/04/1954 Plymouth FB 0 2 0 0 4 L 13 - 14  
  12/04/1954 Torquay FB 0 2 1 0 7 W 13 - 11  
  17/04/1954 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  19/04/1954 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 16  
Season Breakdown for 1955
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/11/1954 Blackheath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 6  
  13/11/1954 Plymouth N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  20/11/1954 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  27/11/1954 Richmond N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 8  
  18/12/1954 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  25/12/1954 Watsonians N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  26/12/1954 UAU N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  28/12/1954 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  01/01/1955 RAF N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  19/03/1955 Leicester Tigers N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
Season Breakdown for 1956
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/10/1955 Cross Keys N8 0 3 0 0 6 W 21 - 0  
  08/10/1955 Halifax N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  15/10/1955 Cardiff N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  22/10/1955 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 16  
  29/10/1955 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  17/12/1955 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  24/12/1955 Watsonians N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 31 - 3  
  26/12/1955 UAU N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  31/12/1955 Percy Park N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  02/01/1956 Watsonians N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  07/01/1956 RAF N8 0 2 1 0 7 L 16 - 19  
  14/01/1956 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  28/01/1956 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  18/02/1956 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  03/03/1956 Penarth N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  10/03/1956 Bath Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 5  
  17/03/1956 Leicester Tigers N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 9 - 9  
  26/03/1956 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  31/03/1956 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 16  
  02/04/1956 Barbarians N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  07/04/1956 Cross Keys N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
  14/04/1956 Pontypool N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  21/04/1956 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 18  
  28/04/1956 Plymouth N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  30/04/1956 Torquay N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  03/05/1956 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 13  
Season Breakdown for 1957
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1956 Germany N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 0  
  13/09/1956 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  15/09/1956 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 21  
  13/10/1956 Scarlets N8 1 0 0 0 3 L 5 - 16  
  20/10/1956 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  24/11/1956 Richmond N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  01/12/1956 Cardiff N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  22/12/1956 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  26/12/1956 UAU N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 6  
  27/12/1956 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  12/01/1957 Newport N8 1 0 0 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  17/01/1957 South African Universities N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 16  
  26/01/1957 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  05/02/1957 The Welch Regiment N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 0  
  09/02/1957 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  16/02/1957 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  23/02/1957 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
Season Breakdown for 1958
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/10/1957 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  05/10/1957 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  12/10/1957 Scarlets CE 0 0 1 1 6 L 6 - 8  
  26/10/1957 Harlequins CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  02/11/1957 Blackheath CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 14 - 3  
  09/11/1957 Aberavon CE 0 1 0 0 2 D 11 - 11  
  16/11/1957 Coventry N8 0 1 1 0 5 L 11 - 14  
  23/11/1957 Richmond N8 0 1 1 0 5 W 14 - 8  
  30/11/1957 Neath N8 0 3 1 0 9 W 18 - 3  
  14/12/1957 Ebbw Vale N8 0 2 0 0 4 W 19 - 3  
  25/12/1957 Watsonians FL 0 3 0 0 6 W 21 - 8  
  11/01/1958 Australia N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  25/01/1958 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  08/02/1958 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 19  
  15/02/1958 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 1 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  01/03/1958 Aberavon N8 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 13  
  08/03/1958 Bath Rugby N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1959
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  20/09/1958 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 17  
  04/10/1958 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 21  
  11/10/1958 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  18/10/1958 Rhondda N8 0 1 0 0 2 W 25 - 0  
  25/10/1958 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  15/11/1958 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  22/11/1958 Richmond N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  25/12/1958 Watsonians N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  26/12/1958 UAU N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 3  
  27/12/1958 London Welsh N8 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 8  
  10/01/1959 Newport N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 12 - 21  
  31/01/1959 Cross Keys N8 2 0 0 0 6 W 23 - 0  
  14/02/1959 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 11  
  21/02/1959 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 0  
  28/02/1959 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 16  
  07/03/1959 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  21/03/1959 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1960
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  19/12/1959 Penarth N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  28/12/1959 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  09/01/1960 Newport N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 6  
  23/01/1960 Cross Keys N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  30/01/1960 Ebbw Vale N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 6 - 8  
  13/02/1960 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  27/02/1960 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  05/03/1960 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  19/03/1960 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  29/03/1960 Bridgend Ravens N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  02/04/1960 Pontypool N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 6  
  04/04/1960 Scarlets N8 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 8  
  09/04/1960 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  16/04/1960 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 13  
  18/04/1960 Barbarians N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  23/04/1960 Aviron Bayonnais N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 16 - 16  
  26/04/1960 Tarbes Pyrenees Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 15 - 20  
Season Breakdown for 1961
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1960 Pontardawe N8 2 0 0 0 6 W 40 - 0  
  10/09/1960 Aviron Bayonnais N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 21 - 6  
  15/09/1960 Maesteg N8 0 1 1 0 5 W 17 - 6  
  17/09/1960 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 19  
  24/09/1960 Newport N8 0 0 2 0 6 W 22 - 16  
  26/09/1960 Scarlets N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 6 - 11  
  01/10/1960 Harlequins N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 0  
  08/10/1960 Scarlets N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 5 - 3  
  15/10/1960 Neath N8 0 1 1 0 5 L 11 - 14  
  12/11/1960 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  26/11/1960 South Africa N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 19  
  10/12/1960 Penarth N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 6  
  17/12/1960 Cross Keys N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 5  
  24/12/1960 Watsonians N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  26/12/1960 UAU N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 3  
  27/12/1960 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  07/01/1961 RAF N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 10  
  14/01/1961 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 9  
  28/01/1961 Coventry N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  02/02/1961 Royal Navy N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  18/03/1961 Cardiff N8 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 3  
  22/03/1961 Ebbw Vale N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 15  
  25/03/1961 Otley N8 0 2 1 0 7 W 19 - 6  
  28/03/1961 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  01/04/1961 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  03/04/1961 Barbarians N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  04/04/1961 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  08/04/1961 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  11/04/1961 Pontypridd N8 0 1 0 0 2 W 14 - 0  
  15/04/1961 Pontypool N8 1 1 2 0 11 W 11 - 6  
  21/04/1961 New Brighton CE 0 1 1 0 5 W 11 - 6  
Season Breakdown for 1962
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1961 Welsh Districts N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 40 - 0  
  05/09/1961 Glynneath N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  09/09/1961 Ebbw Vale N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  14/09/1961 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  16/09/1961 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  30/09/1961 Pontypool N8 0 1 2 0 8 W 14 - 9  
  07/10/1961 Neath N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 8  
  14/10/1961 Scarlets N8 0 1 1 0 5 W 8 - 3  
  28/10/1961 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
  18/11/1961 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  25/11/1961 Richmond N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 12  
  02/12/1961 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  16/12/1961 Scarlets N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 6  
  13/01/1962 Newport N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 6 - 8  
  25/01/1962 RAF N8 0 1 2 0 8 W 17 - 15  
  27/01/1962 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 18  
  01/02/1962 Royal Navy N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  03/02/1962 Pontypool N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  17/02/1962 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  24/02/1962 Bristol Rugby N8 0 2 2 0 10 W 19 - 3  
  03/03/1962 Aberavon N8 0 0 2 0 6 L 6 - 24  
  10/03/1962 Bath Rugby N8 0 0 2 0 6 W 12 - 10  
  17/03/1962 Cardiff N8 0 0 2 0 6 W 9 - 0  
  24/03/1962 Penarth N8 0 0 1 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  31/03/1962 Aberavon N8 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 6  
  02/04/1962 Maesteg N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 16  
  04/04/1962 Ammanford N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  07/04/1962 London Welsh N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 14  
  14/04/1962 Scarlets N8 0 0 1 0 3 D 9 - 9  
  21/04/1962 Harlequins N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 22  
  23/04/1962 Barbarians N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 9 - 13  
  25/04/1962 Neath N8 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 16  
Season Breakdown for 1963
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  09/08/1962 Ebbw Vale N8 0 4 1 0 11 W 23 - 13  
  01/09/1962 Garryowen N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  04/09/1962 Welsh Districts N8 0 3 2 0 12 W 26 - 0  
  15/09/1962 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  22/09/1962 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 12  
  29/09/1962 Leicester Tigers N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 6 - 28  
  06/10/1962 Harlequins N8 0 0 1 0 3 L 6 - 13  
  13/10/1962 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  16/10/1962 Cross Keys N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  20/10/1962 Pontypool N8 1 0 0 0 3 L 9 - 11  
  27/10/1962 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  03/11/1962 Blackheath N8 0 2 1 0 7 W 19 - 3  
  10/11/1962 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  17/11/1962 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 30  
  24/11/1962 Richmond N8 0 0 2 0 6 L 6 - 8  
  01/12/1962 Cardiff N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 9  
  08/12/1962 Penarth N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 6  
  15/12/1962 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 17  
  22/12/1962 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  09/02/1963 Scarlets N8 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  16/02/1963 Gloucester Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  23/02/1963 Bristol Rugby N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  22/04/1963 Otley SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 5  
  29/04/1963 Pontypool SR 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 12 7 1 4 1 0 0 0 3  
  British and Irish Lions 4 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 5  
Clubs: - Swansea -
Education: - Bromsgrove School -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - Wales -

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