Position: Back Row
|Date Of Birth||19/02/1949 (69)|
|Place Of Birth||Bridgnorth|
|Height||185cm / 6' 1"|
|Weight||89kg / 14st|
Born on 19th February 1948 at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and educated at Ellesmere College, he played rugby for the college where his strength soon marked him out as a difficult opponent in the back row. Mark also played rugby for Cirencester Agricultural College while completing his farming education there.
He first played in the Swansea side on 12th September 1972 at St Helens where he scored three tries in a storming debut. It was an indicator of his total commitment and he went on to play 259 games for The Whites between 1972 and 1981, garnering an impressive haul for a back row of 37 tries.
His time at Swansea included appearances for the club against Romania (1973), New Zealand (1980) and two drawn games against Australia (1973 and 1975). He also made several appearances against the touring Barbarians at at Helens. His total commitment and energy saw him picked for England while a Swansea player in 1976 and Mark won the first of four England caps with a win against Australia at Twickenham on 3rd January 1976, thus he never lost to the Wallabies in three encounters. Keyworth won three more caps that year against Wales at Twickenham, Scotland at Murrayfield and finally Ireland back at Twickenham, though all three results went to the opposition.
As well as his Swansea appearances, Mark also turned out for North Midlands, Shropshire and Aberystwyth. Mike Keyworth died suddenly in November 2014 at his home in Cardigan, West Wales.
His former team mate at Swansea RFC Keith Colclough said of Mark: “I was shocked and saddened to hear the news as it was so unexpected. I had kept in touch with him since our playing days together and spoken to him just recently. He was always supportive of the club and would do anything he could to help whenever asked.
As a player he was inspirational to me when I came to the club and I was lucky enough to have played with him and learned from him in my early days. He was a player I really looked up to and respected. He was a tower of strength in the team and always gave a hundred percent. It was in his nature both in sport and in life, which he lived to the full. It’s a very sad day. He was a great personality, a great club player, a great international and good friend. We will all miss him.”
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|Clubs:||- Swansea -|
|Honours:||- England -|