Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas

Position: Back Row

Died 07/03/1910
Place Of Birth Swansea

Born in 1871, Robert "Bob"  Thomas was a forward who played on 4 occasions for Wales between 1900 and 1901, including in the 3 ‘Triple Crown’ matches of 1900.Bob made his debut for Swansea in 1892 and announced his retirement at the end of the 1900/01 season. The club wanted to honour the player who had been ‘an honest Swansea scrummager for several seasons’ with ‘badges’ to the value of £10. The Welsh Union would not sanction the presentation and the rugby writer ‘Argus’ in the Cambrian was so incensed he wrote ‘The Welsh Rugby Union is not endowed with a superabundance of common sense … its decisions are often bewildering, such as no fellah can understand’. long serving Swansea player, he had to wait till 1900 for his first cap which came at Gloucester against England. He had however the satisfaction of winning caps in the two following games against Scotland and Ireland in Wales'' second Triple Crown triumph that year. His 4th and last cap followed again consecutively, in 1901 against England at Cardiff in which Wales were again winners and he finished his Swansea career at the end of the 1900-01 season with Swansea Champions for the third successive season. A head Injury sustained that season had hastened his decision to hang up his boots and probably contributed to his early death in 1910 aged just 39. Bob Thomas was a steel tube millman by trade at the Mannesmann Tube Works in Landore, Swansea. A severe injury at work in 1905, when a pair of tongs went through his right palm, was also a factor in his premature death, scarring him mentally as well as physically.

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 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Manselton Rangers - Morriston - Mynyddbach - Swansea -
Honours: - Wales -

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