Evan James

Evan James

Position: Flyhalf

Died 18/08/1901
Height 171cm / 5' 7"
Weight 62kg / 9st 10lbs

Evan James and his brother James (qv)  were a famous half back pairing known as ‘the Swansea gems’ or ‘the curly-headed marmosets’. They first played for Swansea in 1889 and represented Wales on 5 (Evan) and 4 (David) occasions, playing together 4 times.

The brothers apparently played a game for Broughton Rangers in April 1892 and were offered jobs at £2 a week in Manchester. The Rugby Football Union declared them to be professional as a consequence of this. They were reinstated by the RFU upon appeal (by both the Welsh Union and Swansea) on 31 January 1896 and played until they became professional again on 28 January 1899 when Broughton Rangers signed them up (£225 down, £2 a match and a pub), taking all sixteen members of the James family.

Evan like his brother, was employed in the Hafod Copperworks then moved on to a fuel works. The interruption of his international career by censure from the RFU in England, had a debilitating effect on the Welsh team. His last appearance for Wales at St Helens apon reinstatement, was a triumph for him and his brother as they pulled the strings to help Wales to a 26 - 3 win over England. Evan played most of the match with a severe shoulder injury. The brothers trip 'Up North' was not sucessfull however with Evan falling ill and dying soon after.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 5 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Broughton Rangers - Swansea -
Honours: - Wales -

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