|Date Of Birth||19/12/1928 (89)|
|Place Of Birth||Berkhamsted|
Gwyn Rowlands was born and educated in Berkhamsted and had dual qualifications for both England and Wales. He had trials for England national team during the 1948/49 season, but was unsuccessful.
He was invited for trials for Wales in 1949 and while on national service for the Royal Air Force at St Athan he accepted an invitation to join Cardiff Rugby Club.
In 1953 he was part of the Cardiff team to face to touring New Zealand team. Rowlands was instrumental in a famous victory, his cross-kick set up the first Cardiff try which he also converted.
His performance won him his first Welsh international cap for Wales when he was brought in to face the same touring New Zealand side. He scored two conversions and a penalty goal in the 13-8 victory. He played in three more internationals for Wales, two in the 1954 Five Nations Championship (against England and France) and one in 1956 (against France).
During his career with Cardiff he scored 66 tries in 99 games and twice registered more than 100 points in a season. When he retired he returned to his hometown of Berkhamsted to become a doctor, later taking over his father's general practice.
Gwyn passed away at Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury on 30th April 2010.
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