Clem Thomas

Clem Thomas

Position: Back Row

Born 28/01/1929
Died 05/09/1996
Place Of Birth Cardiff

R. C. C. 'Clem' Thomas was first capped for Wales in 1949 against France at the young age of 20, having gained his 'Blue' the same year, and had to wait till 1952 for his next chance. He formed a great back row partnership at Swansea with Len Blyth and played for the club against South Africa in 1951 leading to his recall to the national side 3 months later. He played in Swansea's 6 - 6 draw with the 1953 All Blacks and captained the All Whites in 1954-55. Called up for the 1955 Lions tour v South Africa, he played 10 games including the last 2 tests. Clem Thomas captained Wales in 1958 in their 9 - 3 win over Australia, the first of 9 games as captain. He retired in 1959. He was a big, strong and fast open-side who had the intelligence and skill to outmanoevre fly-halves and break defences with rushes by hand and foot. His covering and postional play were also excellent.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1947/1948 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0  
  1948/1949 12 10 0 2 2 0 0 0 6  
  1949/1950 11 5 1 5 3 0 0 0 9  
  1950/1951 22 12 3 7 2 0 0 0 6  
  1951/1952 21 11 3 7 3 0 0 0 9  
  1952/1953 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3  
  1953/1954 21 11 3 7 4 1 0 0 14  
  1954/1955 17 5 2 10 2 0 0 0 6  
  1955/1956 13 5 2 6 4 0 0 0 12  
  1956/1957 29 20 5 4 8 0 0 0 24  
  1957/1958 21 11 2 8 0 0 0 0 0  
  1958/1959 23 14 2 7 6 0 0 0 18  
  Total 195 105 23 67 35 1 0 0 107  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1948
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/04/1948 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 15  
  08/04/1948 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 9  
  10/04/1948 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  17/04/1948 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
Season Breakdown for 1949
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  09/09/1948 London FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 37 - 11  
  18/09/1948 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  21/09/1948 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  23/09/1948 Newbridge FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  25/09/1948 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 5  
  30/10/1948 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  06/11/1948 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  25/12/1948 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 9  
  27/12/1948 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 3  
  08/01/1949 RAF FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 22 - 3  
  16/04/1949 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  18/04/1949 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
Season Breakdown for 1950
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  17/09/1949 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  08/10/1949 Wing CDR. Walker's XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  17/12/1949 Newport N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  26/12/1949 UAU FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 8  
  27/12/1949 London Welsh N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 11  
  31/12/1949 Pontypool FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 16  
  07/01/1950 RAF FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  14/01/1950 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  10/04/1950 Barbarians N8 1 0 0 0 3 D 11 - 11  
  15/04/1950 Cross Keys N8 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 0  
  22/04/1950 Coventry N8 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
Season Breakdown for 1951
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  21/10/1950 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  28/10/1950 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  04/11/1950 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  11/11/1950 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  18/11/1950 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  25/11/1950 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  02/12/1950 Abertillery FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  09/12/1950 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  26/12/1950 UAU CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  27/12/1950 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 32 - 3  
  13/01/1951 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  10/02/1951 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/02/1951 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  24/02/1951 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  03/03/1951 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  10/03/1951 Bath Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 8  
  17/03/1951 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  24/03/1951 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  26/03/1951 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 17  
  12/04/1951 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  14/04/1951 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  21/04/1951 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
Season Breakdown for 1952
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  08/09/1951 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  15/09/1951 Bristol Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 26 - 5  
  22/09/1951 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 21  
  29/09/1951 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 15  
  06/10/1951 Rosslyn Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  20/10/1951 Cheltenham FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  27/10/1951 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 18  
  03/11/1951 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  17/11/1951 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  01/12/1951 Plymouth Albion FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 23 - 8  
  15/12/1951 South Africa Fwd 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  25/12/1951 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 5  
  27/12/1951 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  29/12/1951 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 5  
  05/01/1952 RAF FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  26/01/1952 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  16/02/1952 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  23/02/1952 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  01/03/1952 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 16  
  15/03/1952 Leicester Tigers FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  12/04/1952 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 5  
Season Breakdown for 1953
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  27/12/1952 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1954
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  12/09/1953 Group Captains Walker's XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  19/09/1953 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  26/09/1953 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  03/10/1953 Pontypool FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 11  
  10/10/1953 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  17/10/1953 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  24/10/1953 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  31/10/1953 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 14  
  07/11/1953 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  21/11/1953 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 12  
  28/11/1953 Richmond FL 0 1 0 0 2 L 8 - 13  
  12/12/1953 New Zealand FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  25/12/1953 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 11  
  28/12/1953 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  02/01/1954 RAF FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  23/01/1954 North Wales FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 31 - 10  
  13/02/1954 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  27/02/1954 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  06/03/1954 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 5  
  19/04/1954 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 16  
  27/04/1954 Pontyberem FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 27 - 9  
Season Breakdown for 1955
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/09/1954 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 20  
  11/09/1954 Group Captains Walker's XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 11  
  16/09/1954 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 12  
  18/09/1954 Bristol Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  25/09/1954 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  01/10/1954 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 16  
  18/12/1954 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  25/12/1954 Watsonians FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  26/12/1954 UAU FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 0  
  28/12/1954 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  08/01/1955 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  29/01/1955 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  05/03/1955 Maesteg FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  19/03/1955 Leicester Tigers FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 5 - 8  
  02/04/1955 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 12  
  04/04/1955 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  11/04/1955 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
Season Breakdown for 1956
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  26/11/1955 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 18  
  03/12/1955 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  17/12/1955 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  24/12/1955 Watsonians FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 31 - 3  
  26/12/1955 UAU FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 0  
  31/12/1955 Percy Park FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  14/01/1956 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  18/02/1956 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  03/03/1956 Penarth FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  26/03/1956 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  14/04/1956 Pontypool FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 5  
  21/04/1956 Neath FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 18  
  03/05/1956 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 13  
Season Breakdown for 1957
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1956 Germany FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 10 - 0  
  29/09/1956 Italy FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 5  
  06/10/1956 Crynant FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  20/10/1956 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  27/10/1956 Pontypool FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  03/11/1956 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 0  
  10/11/1956 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  17/11/1956 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  24/11/1956 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  01/12/1956 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  22/12/1956 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  26/12/1956 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 6  
  27/12/1956 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  12/01/1957 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  17/01/1957 South African Universities FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 16  
  26/01/1957 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  02/02/1957 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  09/02/1957 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  16/02/1957 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  02/03/1957 Pontypool FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 19 - 6  
  09/03/1957 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  23/03/1957 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 8  
  30/03/1957 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  06/04/1957 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  13/04/1957 Otley FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  20/04/1957 Harlequins FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 13  
  22/04/1957 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 10  
  25/04/1957 Scarlets FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 3  
  30/04/1957 Ebbw Vale FL 2 0 0 0 6 W 27 - 3  
Season Breakdown for 1958
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1957 Penclawdd FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 12  
  11/09/1957 Maesteg FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  14/09/1957 Group Captains Walker's XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  19/09/1957 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 16  
  03/10/1957 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  05/10/1957 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  02/11/1957 Blackheath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  09/11/1957 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  16/11/1957 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 14  
  23/11/1957 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  30/11/1957 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  14/12/1957 Ebbw Vale FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  26/12/1957 UAU FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  11/01/1958 Australia FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  25/01/1958 Coventry FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  08/02/1958 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 19  
  08/03/1958 Bath Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  22/03/1958 London Welsh FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  05/04/1958 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  07/04/1958 Barbarians FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  24/04/1958 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
Season Breakdown for 1959
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/09/1958 Welsh Districts FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 47 - 3  
  06/09/1958 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  13/09/1958 Group Captains Walker's XV FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 3  
  20/09/1958 Bristol Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 L 11 - 17  
  25/09/1958 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  27/09/1958 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 12  
  04/10/1958 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 21  
  11/10/1958 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  18/10/1958 Rhondda FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 0  
  22/11/1958 Richmond FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  29/11/1958 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  06/12/1958 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  26/12/1958 UAU FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 3  
  27/12/1958 London Welsh FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 8  
  10/01/1959 Newport FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 21  
  31/01/1959 Cross Keys FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 0  
  14/02/1959 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 11  
  21/02/1959 Gloucester Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 0  
  07/03/1959 Aberavon FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  21/03/1959 Neath FL 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  28/03/1959 Harlequins FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 3  
  18/04/1959 Halifax FL 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 8  
  29/04/1959 Cardiff FL 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 26 17 1 8 1 0 0 0 3  
  British and Irish Lions 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - London Welsh - Harlequins - Brynamman - Swansea -
Education: - Blundell's School - Cambridge University -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - Wales - Wales Schools -

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