David Thomas

David Thomas

Position: Back Row

Born 15/03/1879
Died 19/10/1925
Place Of Birth Dunvant

David John (DJ) Thomas was born in Dunvant, Swansea on 15th March 1879 and played rugby for Pontarddulias, Dunvant and Gowerton before joining Swansea RFC in 1901. His arrival at the Swansea club helped strengthen the pack in a side with three consecutive Championships already under their belts. Thomas was to sample that continued success, winning Championship medals in his first season of 1901-02 and again in 1912-13. He was a key member of Swansea's "Invincible" Champion side of 1904-05. Swansea were also Runners-Up in 1902-03 and 1908-09. D J Thomas was an integral part of these successes. Immensely strong as a forward, he was employed as a collier in Swansea Docks. His club laurels also included participation in the club's close match on December 31st 1905 with the  'Originals' All Blacks who beat Swansea with a late drop goal at St Helens. He also played in Swansea's first big tourist scalp as they beat Australia on Boxing Day 1908 6 points to nil. To cap it off, Thomas scored the winning try and only points as the club side took their second big scalp by beating South Africa 3 - nil on Boxing Day 1912. The following season, D J Thomas captained Swansea in their last campaign before the Great War stopped rugby in 1914. This was his last season as a player.

Thomas was capped 10 times for Wales between 1904 and 1912, a span that reflected his consistency as a player at the highest level, as the caps were at either end of the decade. He played for Wales against England in 1904, 1910, 1911 and 1912. Against Australia in 1908. Against Scotland in 1910 and 1911. Against Ireland in 1910 and 1911. he also played against France in 1911. D J Thomas died on 19th October 1925, aged 46.

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 10 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Dunvant - Gowerton - Pontarddulais - Swansea -
Honours: - Wales -

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