Haydn Mainwaring

Haydn Mainwaring

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Date Of Birth 10/06/1933 (85)
Place Of Birth Swansea
Haydn James Mainwaring.   1 cap.   1961 v France as a centre.
DOBirth: 10/6/1933 Swansea.
Main club: Swansea.

Haydn Mainwaring was the third ‘one-capper’ in three successive internationals of 1961, but he will live in memory for a massive tackle on South African captain Avril Malan as the Barbarians defeated the Springboks in 1961. He was then at full back, but much of his rugby was played as a forward. At Bishop Gore School he played for Wales Secondary Schools against France and England in 1951 and Yorkshire and England in 1952, and he was a Wales under-15 cap in 1947 and 1948. He played for Swansea 95 times from 1951-52 until 1962-63 scoring 229 points (17t,38c,33p,1dg), also turning out for Harlequins, London Welsh, Hampshire, the Navy (while serving in the Royal Marines) and the Combined Services. He appeared for Swansea against South Africa in 1960 and was on the Barbarians committee for many years until 1998. He now lives in Newport. 

 

(Many thanks to rugby historian Howard Evans for permission to use this player profile).

Haydn Mainwaring sadly passed away in September 2018 aged 85 years.. He is remembered by rugby followers for the greatest ever tackle by a Welsh player. It was for the Barbarians against the 1960-1961 South Africans who went into the match unbeaten and were desperate to go through the tour without a loss. They were not the friendliest and most sociable of tourists and the rugby public were solidly behind the Barbarians. Haydn was called in as an uncapped Full Back the day before the game.

The Baa Baas led 6-0 mid way through the second half when the Springbok captain, Avril Malan broke away from a lineout and went charging down the touchline looking certain to score. Haydn Mainwaring came across and hit him with a shoulder charge that knocked him into touch and he lay on the ground badly winded. This challenge would be deemed illegal with today’s laws, but a shoulder charge was perfectly acceptable at the time. This lifted both the Barbarian Team and the crowd and they held out to the end. In fact Haydn produced another brilliant tackle on wing Mike Antelme when he looked certain to score.

This game has gone down in Welsh Folk law as Haydn Mainwaring’s game. Photos taken at the end of the game show him carrying off Malan the Springbok’s Skipper. A hard man on the field, but always a great Sportsman. Malan was so shaken he failed to attend the post-match dinner.

Haydn was born in Swansea on 10th June 1933. He died on 12th September 2018. He attended Bishop Gore School where he learned his Rugby earning Welsh Caps at Under 15 and Secondary Schools level. He joined the Royal Marines where he played for the Royal Navy and Combined Services.

Haydn made his debut for Swansea against London Welsh in season 1951-1952and made 95 appearances for the club until 1962-1963, scoring 229 points. He played Centre, wing, Full Back and Back Row. He was capped for Wales in 1961 against France in Paris as a Centre. He should have won more caps, but he played in so many positions, he was a victim of his own success. He played 10 times for the Baa Baas and served for many years as a committee man.

(Swansea RFC player profile of Haydn Mainwaring by Rob Phillips - Swansea RFC - Archive Team).

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1951/1952 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  1952/1953 13 9 2 2 2 1 0 0 8  
  1953/1954 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3  
  1954/1955 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  1956/1957 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 5  
  1958/1959 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1959/1960 32 17 6 9 6 22 22 1 131  
  1960/1961 22 14 4 4 7 12 9 0 72  
  1961/1962 16 5 3 8 1 2 1 0 10  
  1962/1963 7 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 95 51 15 29 17 38 33 1 229  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1952
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  26/12/1951 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 24  
Season Breakdown for 1953
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  13/09/1952 Aberavon N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  16/09/1952 Halifax N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 8  
  20/09/1952 Bristol Bears FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  25/09/1952 Group Captains Walker's XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  27/09/1952 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  04/10/1952 Rosslyn Park N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 0  
  11/10/1952 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  18/10/1952 Penarth N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  25/10/1952 Blackheath N8 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 3  
  25/12/1952 Watsonians N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  26/12/1952 UAU FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 3  
  27/12/1952 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  06/04/1953 Barbarians N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 18  
Season Breakdown for 1954
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  25/12/1953 Watsonians N8 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 11  
Season Breakdown for 1955
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  16/10/1954 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 14  
Season Breakdown for 1957
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  25/04/1957 Scarlets FB 0 1 1 0 5 W 8 - 3  
Season Breakdown for 1959
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  26/12/1958 UAU CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 3  
Season Breakdown for 1960
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  12/09/1959 Welsh Academicals CE 0 6 1 0 15 W 42 - 6  
  19/09/1959 Bristol Bears CE 0 2 1 0 7 W 22 - 14  
  24/09/1959 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  26/09/1959 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  03/10/1959 Neath FB 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  10/10/1959 Scarlets FB 0 0 2 0 6 D 6 - 6  
  17/10/1959 Halifax FB 2 0 0 0 6 W 15 - 0  
  24/10/1959 Harlequins FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  31/10/1959 Pontypool FB 0 1 1 0 5 W 19 - 6  
  07/11/1959 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  14/11/1959 Aberavon FB 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  21/11/1959 Cross Keys CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 14 - 0  
  28/11/1959 Richmond CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 17  
  05/12/1959 Cardiff FB 0 0 4 0 12 L 12 - 18  
  19/12/1959 Penarth FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  26/12/1959 UAU FB 1 2 1 0 10 W 28 - 8  
  28/12/1959 London Welsh FB 1 1 2 0 11 W 14 - 3  
  02/01/1960 RAF FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 16  
  23/01/1960 Cross Keys FB 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  13/02/1960 Scarlets CE 0 3 1 0 9 W 18 - 3  
  20/02/1960 Gloucester Rugby FB 0 0 1 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  27/02/1960 Bristol Bears FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 6  
  05/03/1960 Aberavon FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  12/03/1960 Bath Rugby FB 0 0 1 0 3 W 12 - 6  
  19/03/1960 Cardiff CE 0 1 0 1 5 W 8 - 3  
  29/03/1960 Bridgend Ravens FB 0 0 2 0 6 D 6 - 6  
  02/04/1960 Pontypool FB 0 0 1 0 3 W 12 - 6  
  04/04/1960 Scarlets FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  09/04/1960 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  18/04/1960 Barbarians FB 0 2 1 0 7 W 16 - 0  
  23/04/1960 Aviron Bayonnais CE 1 2 2 0 13 D 16 - 16  
  26/04/1960 Tarbes Pyrenees Rugby CE 1 0 0 0 3 L 15 - 20  
Season Breakdown for 1961
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1960 Welsh Districts FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 38 - 3  
  03/09/1960 Abertillery FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 11 - 3  
  06/09/1960 Pontardawe FL 2 1 0 0 8 W 40 - 0  
  10/09/1960 Aviron Bayonnais FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 6  
  29/10/1960 Pontypool FL 0 0 2 0 6 D 12 - 12  
  05/11/1960 Blackheath CE 0 0 1 0 3 W 16 - 0  
  26/11/1960 South Africa CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 19  
  10/12/1960 Penarth FB 0 0 2 0 6 W 15 - 6  
  24/12/1960 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  26/12/1960 UAU CE 0 4 0 0 8 W 20 - 3  
  27/12/1960 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
  07/01/1961 RAF CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 10  
  14/01/1961 Newport CE 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 9  
  02/02/1961 Royal Navy CE 1 2 0 0 7 W 16 - 3  
  13/02/1961 Scarlets CE 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 5  
  18/02/1961 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 2 0 0 4 W 10 - 6  
  21/02/1961 Cross Keys CE 0 0 1 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  25/02/1961 Bristol Bears CE 0 0 1 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  11/03/1961 Bath Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  28/03/1961 Neath CE 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 9  
  01/04/1961 Harlequins CE 0 0 1 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  03/04/1961 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1962
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  14/09/1961 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  16/09/1961 Bristol Bears FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  18/10/1961 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  21/10/1961 Halifax N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  04/11/1961 Blackheath N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 8  
  11/11/1961 Neath N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  18/11/1961 Coventry FL 0 0 1 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  25/11/1961 Richmond FL 1 1 0 0 5 L 11 - 12  
  09/12/1961 Cross Keys FL 0 1 0 0 2 W 5 - 0  
  16/12/1961 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  13/01/1962 Newport FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  27/01/1962 Coventry FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 18  
  01/02/1962 Royal Navy FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  03/02/1962 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  09/02/1962 Scarlets N8 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  13/02/1962 Ebbw Vale N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 24  
Season Breakdown for 1963
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  09/08/1962 Ebbw Vale CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 13  
  01/09/1962 Garryowen FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  15/09/1962 Bristol Bears CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  22/09/1962 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 12  
  29/09/1962 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 28  
  02/10/1962 Cwmavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  06/10/1962 Harlequins CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 13  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - London Welsh - Harlequins - Dunvant - Newport - Swansea -
Education: - Bishop Gore School, Swansea -
Region: - Hampshire -
Invitational: - Barbarians - Crawshays -
Honours: - Wales - Wales Schools -
Services: - Royal Navy - Combined Services -

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