Will Parker

Will Parker

Position: Back Row

Died 10/11/1955
Place Of Birth Swansea

Born in the winter of 1873, William James Parker worked in a fuel works. He was a forward who played on two occasions for Wales, against England and Scotland in 1899. His international debut came against England at his home ground of St Helens on 7th January 1899 where a Welsh side with seven new caps including himself, put England to the sword by 26 points to 3. His Swansea forward  team mate Fred Scrine also made his debut that day in a side containing five Swansea players. But the Scottish match in the snow at Inverleith on 4th March 1899 was lost 21 - 10 and Parker was not picked again for Wales.

Will made his debut for Swansea in 1893 and captained the club in the 1903-04 season when they reclaimed the Championship they had held for four consecutive seasons, being runners up to Newport in 1902-03. He played in the Swansea side that narrowly lost (4 - 3) to the first All Blacks in December 1905. In 1903-04 the incumbant 1st XV captain, Frank Gordon stood aside after two seasons at the helm to allow Will Parker the honour of the captaincy after his ten years of service to Swansea. Parker led his team to an astonishing record of 30 wins from 32 matches with just 1 loss and 1 draw, a better record in fact, than Gordon was to achieve to following season when Swansea were "Invincible". After he retired, Will Parker served on the committee of the club. He died at Penmaen, Gower on 10th November 1955.

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 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Swansea -
Honours: - Wales -

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