Geoff Wheel

Geoff Wheel

Position: Lock

Date Of Birth 30/06/1951 (64)
Place Of Birth Swansea
Height 195cm / 6' 5"
Weight 106kg / 16st 9lbs

Geoff Wheel was a fearsome competitor for the ball in mauls and due to his immense strength, was considered to be the most powerfull lock in the 5 Nations during his international career. Known as "The Gaffa" or less affectionately as "Geoff The Ripper", he won the first of his 32 Welsh caps v Ireland in 1974. His great skill in ripping the ball out of mauls secured a good supply of unlikely possession for the pack where he partnered Alan Martin in the second row. He holds the dubious distinction of being the first Welsh player to be sent off (along with Ireland's Willie Duggan) in 1977 and was selected for  the British & Irish Lions in that same year, which tour he had to withdraw from on medical grounds, much to the detriment of the Lions' forwards. His last international was again v Ireland in 1982. In his career at Swansea he played 318 games from 1970-71 to 1982-83, scoring 24 tries and captaining them in 1979-80 and 1980-81. He also played for the Barbarians.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1970/1971 12 8 0 4 0 0 0 0 0  
  1971/1972 31 13 2 16 0 0 0 0 0  
  1972/1973 36 23 2 11 4 0 0 0 16  
  1973/1974 35 20 3 12 1 0 0 0 4  
  1974/1975 32 22 1 9 1 0 0 0 4  
  1975/1976 22 14 0 8 3 0 0 0 12  
  1976/1977 23 14 0 9 3 0 0 0 12  
  1977/1978 25 19 0 6 3 0 0 0 12  
  1978/1979 13 6 1 6 1 0 0 0 4  
  1979/1980 35 24 1 10 2 0 0 0 8  
  1980/1981 25 21 1 3 1 0 0 0 4  
  1981/1982 15 12 0 3 3 0 0 0 12  
  1982/1983 14 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 318 208 11 99 22 0 0 0 88  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 32 22 1 9 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Mumbles - Swansea -
Education: - Danygraig School, Risca -
Region: - West Glamorgan -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - Wales - Wales B - West Wales -

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