Dan Rees

Dan Rees

Position: Centre

Dan Rees was born circa 1876 and made his Swansea debut in 1897 versus Devonport Albion from the same local side as the great Dicky Owen - Hafod Rovers.  He played as a centre for Wales on 5 occasions in two Triple Crown winning teams. An exciting three-quarter back, he played at a time when Swansea had an abundance of talent in the backs and he was a target for "northern poachers" in the League code as early as 1898. Both he and his Swansea centre partner George Davies were approached by Oldham but both declined as this would have made them professional with no chance to return to the Union game in Wales if things did not work out. Dan Rees was Swansea's top try scorer in 1900-01 with 20 tries, and this led to his first Welsh cap which he won against England. Cardiff's Gwyn Nicholls had been first choice but was in fact still returning from the British Isles tour to Australia and Rees was given the jersey instead. With Nicholls' return, Dan Rees missed the other two internationals of 1900. In 1901-02 he was again the club's top try scorer with another 20 tries. He was capped twice in 1903, playing for Wales against England and Scotland. He was also part of the Swansea ''Invincibles'' squad of 1904/05 (vice captain). This season he excelled himself, again ending as top scorer with 30 tries.  From 1901 to 1905 Rees played in all the Swansea matches against the visiting Barbarians teams, scoring a try in each of the first four matches and three tries in the fifth in 1905. A prolific try scorer, it was not long before he roused interest in the English Northern Union again and he finally  joined Hull Kingston Rovers on 21st October 1905. His transfer had been secured for an astonishing fee of £300, the largest signing on fee for a Welsh player before the Great War.

Despite the seemingly constant rumours of his defection to the Northern Union, he was a loyal club man for Swansea as illustrated by his willingness to participate in the failed club plan to get popular Swansea skipper, the uncapped Frank Gordon, a Welsh cap when Ireland were the visitors to St Helens in the final game of the 1905 internationals. The Welsh Union took a dim view of the machinations and called Cardiff legend Gwyn Nicholls out of retirement to fill the vacant centre position but Rees had freely agreed to give up his selection as 'injured' to allow his team mate a cap. Perhaps this episode contributed to his departure at the start of the following season.

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 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Swansea -
Honours: - Wales -

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