John Yapp

John Yapp

Position: Prop

Date Of Birth 09/04/1983 (35)
Place Of Birth Cardiff
Height 188cm / 6' 2"
Weight 118kg / 18st 8lbs

John Yapp was educated at Cowbridge Comprehensive School and he had first team experience with Llantwit Major and Pontypridd before he first played for Cardiff at Christmas 2002, making his first team debut against Ebbw Vale on Boxing Day at the age of 18 years. Despite his age he featured in 17 of a possible 19 games before the end of the season and represented Cardiff Youth and under 21s and played for Wales at U19 level.

His first Welsh cap was as a substitute against England in the 2005 6 Nations, the first of 21 international appearances. Originally a loose head prop he was persuaded by Cardiff coach David Young and Wales coach Warren Gatland to switch to the other side of the scrum and play Tight head. To become familiar with the new role he headed to Australia to play for Tuggeranong Vikings before returning to Cardiff Blues.

After discussions with coach Dai Young and national coach Warren Gatland about the possibility of switching from Loose head to Tight head prop. He headed out to Australia to play for to become familiar with his new role in the scrum, before returning to the Cardiff Blues.  In an eleven-year career at the Arms Park Yapp appeared 1888 times for the club (24 games for Cardiff and 164 with Cardiff Blues).

Over his career John Yapp played for London Irish, Wasps, Melrose, Glamorgan wanderers and Edinburgh as well as appearing for the Barbarians.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  2002/2003 17 11 1 5 0 0 0 0 0  
  2003/2004 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0  
  2004/2005 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  2008/2009 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 24 14 1 9 0 0 0 0 0  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  26/12/2002 Ebbw Vale PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 34 - 6  
  01/01/2003 Newport PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 31  
  18/01/2003 Biarritz Olympique PB Rep 0 0 0 0 0 L 25 - 75  
  24/01/2003 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 19  
  04/02/2003 Scarlets PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 26 - 39  
  08/02/2003 Bonymaen Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 41 - 16  
  28/02/2003 Neath PR 0 0 0 0 0 D 20 - 20  
  05/04/2003 Pontypridd Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 18  
  12/04/2003 Swansea PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 44 - 22  
  19/04/2003 Scarlets Rep 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 44  
  22/04/2003 Ebbw Vale PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 34 - 24  
  25/04/2003 Newport Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 39 - 17  
  10/05/2003 Caerphilly Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 48 - 32  
  16/05/2003 Bridgend Ravens PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 35  
  23/05/2003 Scarlets Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 27  
  27/05/2003 Bridgend Ravens PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 13  
  30/05/2003 Pontypridd PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 21  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/10/2003 Pontypool PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 17  
  29/10/2003 Aberavon PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 13 - 26  
  01/11/2003 Newport PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 29  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  30/10/2004 Pontypool PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 9  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  30/08/2008 Merthyr PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 36 - 14  
  20/09/2008 Bridgend Ravens PR 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 23  
  11/10/2008 Ebbw Vale PR 0 0 0 0 0 L 25 - 26  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 21 14 0 7 0 0 0 0 0  

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