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Edgar Morgan was born in Pontardawe in the Swansea valley on 15th April 1882 and educated in Collegiate School Tanyrallt and University College of North Wales, Bangor. He played for Alltwen RFC, then neighbouring Pontardawe RFC. He joined Swansea RFC as a forward in 1907. His career at Swansea included playing in the club's famous victories over Australia (1908) and South Africa (1912) at St Helens. Edgar scored a try in the match against Australia. Playing in the pack alongside his Swansea team mate the Rev. Alban Davies, Morgan gained a reputation as a fierce scrummager and hard man on the pitch in Swansea or Wales colours.
Morgan played his first international as a member of the Anglo-Welsh British Lions team that toured Australia and New Zealand under Arthur Harding in 1908. He gained two caps on the tour in which he made a total of 14 appearances on the New Zealand leg of the tour, more than anyone else in the squad.
He had to wait another six years for his first Welsh cap which was against England in the 10 - 9 defeat at Twickenham on 17th January 1914 that denied Wales of a Triple Crown. Morgan had played well though and kept his place for the match against Scotland in Cardiff on February 7th. Wales won 24 - 5 in a rough match which itself paled into insignificance when Wales met Ireland in Belfast on March 14th in a match known as "The Roughest Ever". Following the two packs squaring up at Wales' hotel the night before, they set about each other as soon as the match started, often fighting when the ball was nowhere near. Wales came away with an 11 - 3 win and their pack came away with the soubriquet of "The Terrible Eight". The last match of the Championship was at St Helens on a Holiday Monday on 2nd March where Wales were too strong for France and ran away with a 31 - nil win. It was Edgar Morgan's fourth and last cap as war loomed large across Europe. Morgan would undoubtably have won more caps had the war not intervened in his rugby career.
Edgar Morgan joined the Army at the outbreak of the Great War, being commissioned as an infantry officer before transfering to the the Royal Engineers. He was awarded the Military Cross for actions during the war.
In his early days, Edgar was had been a deck hand on a barque and sailed around Cape Horn. In later years Morgan became a mechanical engineer. Edgar Morgan died in April of 1962.
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