|Height||180cm / 5' 11"|
|Weight||77kg / 12st 1lbs|
Hylton Bowen - Fly half
Clubs: Mountain Ash, Abercynon, Swansea.
Hylton Bowen was a former Mountain Ash player and went on to captain Abercynon RFC. He played a major role during the 1970s golden period for that club. Several years prior to him joining Abercynon Hilton, then 19 years old and after just a handful of games for the Swansea, Hylton played in the Swansea RFC team that lost 12 – 0 to the touring South African Springboks in November 1969. Along with his scrum-half partner Tom Pullman, also from Mountain Ash RFC, Bowen was drafted in to the side led by Stuart Davies to face the Springbok tourists on 15 November 1969. At this point he had only played two matches for the “All Whites”; the home win over Blackheath and away loss to Llanelli at Stradey Park, both games in November.
Hylton went on to play five times more for Swansea in November and December including the games against Richmond, Cardiff, Cross Keys, Watsonians and UAU. He turned out in the fly-half position in all but the Christmas game with Watsonians and UAU, where he played at centre, partnering Arwel Rees in the former and Swansea skipper Stuart Davies in the latter.
Hylton joined Abercynon in 1975-76 season and over his 9 season tenure at the Club played 260 games and ran in an impressive 73 tries. In addition, he captained the 1st XV in season 1977-78, when they lost just 3 games out of 39, winning both the Mid District Championship and Knock-Out Cup and also the Mid District 7s tournament. Hylton also led his team on a great run in the WRU Cup that was only ended following a thrilling game at Rodney Parade against reigning cup holders Newport. Seasons 1979-80 and 1980-81 saw Hylton back at the helm as captain and further honours for the club continued. He was also captain of the Mid District rugby union team but had to decline the invitation to tour to Romania owing to work commitments. Following his retirement from playing Hylton went on to coach at junior and youth levels at Abercynon RFC and later took on the role of the Club’s director of rugby.
Indeed, Hylton was a fine rugby player but equally he was a popular, approachable personality who always had a smile – some might say a wicked one - on his face. A bit of a prankster during his playing days there was never a dull moment when he was around and one would be sure his playing colleagues would raise a smile or two at the memory of a typical ‘Bowen’ misdemeanor.
Hylton Bowen died in September 2018 aged 68.
Swansea RFC greatly appreciates the additional information provided by Gareth Withey at Abercynon RFC in compiling this player profile.
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