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Edward "Teddy" Morgan was born in Aberdare on 22nd May 1880. He was to become famous as the Welsh wing who scored the try that beat the 1905 All Blacks in Cardiff, which was the only defeat they suffered in the 35 matches of the 1905-06 tour. It is said that he led the Welsh team in singing "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" in response to the 'Haka', which was the first time it was sung prior to a Welsh international.
He played rugby for Christ College Brecon where he studied. He completed his medical studies and played rugby at Guy's Hospital London. Having moved from Newport to London in 1902, Morgan played for the Welsh Exiles at London Welsh and was selected for his first cap that year against England. He was selected for the Irish and Scottish matches that year. In 1903 he played against Ireland and played against all three 'Home Countries' in 1904, 1905 and 1906. He was in the side that surprised the Welsh public by losing to South Africa (11 - 0) in 1906 at St Helens. Morgan also played the Sprinboks in the Glamorgan side that lost 6 - 3 though his own play was praised and helped keep the tourists from further scores. He was selected for the British Isles tour to Australasia in 1904 where he played 3 tests against Australia and one against New Zealand. Teddy Morgan captained Wales in 1908 in the first Welsh international against France. He gained a total of 16 caps for Wales, all on the wing. His scoring rate was phenomenal, once racking up 8 tries in 5 games for Wales.
Moving back to Wales, he practiced as a doctor in a surgery in Sketty in Swansea and played for the All Whites from February 1908. Teddy joined Swansea at a time when they were losing star players to the Northern Union. Teddy Morgan ended his playing career at Swansea around 1912 and continued his practice in Sketty, later moving to East Anglia. He died on 1st September 1949 in North Walsham.
Teddy Morgan was the brother of Welsh scrum half W L L Morgan (1 cap in 1910) and uncle to W Guy Morgan who also played for Swansea and Wales (8 caps 1927-30).
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