Billy Cleaver

Billy Cleaver

Position: Fullback

Place Of Birth Treorchy
Height 175cm / 5' 9"
Weight 82kg / 12st 12lbs

William Benjamin Cleaver played 141 games for Cardiff in the years immediately after WW2 (1945 – 1951). Although mainly an outside half he did play three games in the centre and one at full back when needed. Billy Cleaver represented Wales on 14 occasions, which included a Grand Slam in 1950. In that year he was selected to play in the British Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand and played 10 provincial matches and three test games against the All Blacks.

Born in Treorchy in 1921 Cleaver gained the nickname "Billy Kick" after playing one game against Scotland in heavy conditions.

A coal miner by trade he spent most of his life within the industry. Outside of rugby he was a keen patron of the Arts and was vice chairman of the Welsh Arts Council.

Billy Cleaver died in Cardiff in September 2003.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1945/1946 31 25 1 5 8 0 0 1 28  
  1946/1947 28 23 3 2 13 1 0 0 41  
  1947/1948 29 28 0 1 12 0 0 2 44  
  1948/1949 28 22 3 3 7 3 0 0 27  
  1949/1950 21 18 1 2 4 2 0 1 19  
  1950/1951 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 138 117 8 13 44 6 0 4 159  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1945 Cardiff & District FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 43 - 3  
  08/09/1945 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  15/09/1945 Royal Australian Armed Forces FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 3  
  22/09/1945 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  29/09/1945 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 0  
  06/10/1945 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 17  
  13/10/1945 Gloucester Rugby FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 40 - 9  
  20/10/1945 Swansea FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 6  
  27/10/1945 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 3  
  03/11/1945 New Zealand Services FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  10/11/1945 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 6  
  17/11/1945 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  24/11/1945 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 0  
  08/12/1945 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 1 4 W 20 - 5  
  15/12/1945 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 23 - 3  
  26/12/1945 New Zealand Army FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  29/12/1945 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  31/12/1945 Stade Nantais Université Club FB 1 0 0 0 3 W 29 - 8  
  01/01/1946 US Cognacaise FB 0 0 0 0 0 L 18 - 19  
  12/01/1946 London Welsh FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 6  
  26/01/1946 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  09/02/1946 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  16/02/1946 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 7  
  02/03/1946 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  16/03/1946 Scarlets FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 5  
  21/03/1946 Bath Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  23/03/1946 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  02/04/1946 Redruth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  06/04/1946 RAF FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 10 - 3  
  13/04/1946 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 7  
  20/04/1946 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 10  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1946 Cardiff & District FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 3  
  07/09/1946 Plymouth Albion FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  14/09/1946 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  28/09/1946 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  05/10/1946 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 6  
  12/10/1946 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 8  
  19/10/1946 Swansea CE 0 1 0 0 2 L 5 - 7  
  26/10/1946 Rosslyn Park CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 26 - 8  
  09/11/1946 Newport CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 0  
  11/11/1946 Stade Nantais Université Club CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 22 - 5  
  16/11/1946 Leicester Tigers CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 8  
  23/11/1946 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  14/12/1946 Swansea CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 8  
  26/12/1946 Wasps CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  27/12/1946 Watsonians CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 35 - 8  
  28/12/1946 Bristol Bears CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 0  
  25/01/1947 Neath FH 1 0 0 0 3 D 3 - 3  
  08/02/1947 Gloucester Rugby CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 11  
  15/02/1947 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  01/03/1947 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  15/03/1947 Leicester Tigers FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 5  
  05/04/1947 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  07/04/1947 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 4  
  12/04/1947 Plymouth Albion FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 11  
  14/04/1947 Devonport Services FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 3  
  15/04/1947 Exeter Chiefs FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  19/04/1947 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 7  
  26/04/1947 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1947 Cardiff & District FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 41 - 11  
  06/09/1947 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 14 - 17  
  13/09/1947 Bristol Bears FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 29 - 6  
  20/09/1947 Nantes / Cognac FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 0  
  27/09/1947 Australia FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  04/10/1947 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 0  
  11/10/1947 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  18/10/1947 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 3  
  25/10/1947 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 7  
  08/11/1947 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  15/11/1947 Leicester Tigers FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 50 - 5  
  22/11/1947 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  29/11/1947 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 4  
  13/12/1947 Blackheath FB 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 5  
  26/12/1947 Wasps FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 4  
  27/12/1947 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  10/01/1948 Bristol Bears FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 0  
  14/02/1948 Plymouth Albion FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 41 - 7  
  28/02/1948 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  06/03/1948 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  18/03/1948 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  20/03/1948 Coventry FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 33 - 8  
  28/03/1948 Barbarians FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 3  
  29/03/1948 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 31 - 5  
  30/03/1948 Devonport Services FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 10  
  10/04/1948 Newport FH 0 0 0 2 8 W 19 - 3  
  17/04/1948 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  24/04/1948 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 3  
  28/04/1948 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1948 Cardiff & District FH 1 1 0 0 5 W 49 - 6  
  04/09/1948 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 11  
  11/09/1948 Devonport Services FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 38 - 14  
  25/09/1948 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 8  
  02/10/1948 Newport FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  09/10/1948 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 6  
  16/10/1948 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  23/10/1948 Rosslyn Park FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 0  
  30/10/1948 Bristol Bears FH 2 0 0 0 6 W 18 - 3  
  02/11/1948 Oxford University FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  13/11/1948 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  11/12/1948 Cambridge University FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  18/12/1948 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  27/12/1948 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 15  
  08/01/1949 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  22/01/1949 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 6  
  29/01/1949 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  12/02/1949 Plymouth Albion FH 0 2 0 0 4 W 32 - 0  
  19/02/1949 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  26/02/1949 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  05/03/1949 Newport FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 5 - 0  
  19/03/1949 Coventry FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 3  
  02/04/1949 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  16/04/1949 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 6  
  18/04/1949 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 8  
  19/04/1949 Northampton Saints CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 15  
  23/04/1949 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 5  
  30/04/1949 Pontypool FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 10  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1949 Cardiff & District FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 37 - 6  
  03/09/1949 Penarth FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 34 - 5  
  10/09/1949 Devonport Services FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 0  
  17/09/1949 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  19/09/1949 Amman Valley FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  01/10/1949 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 5  
  05/10/1949 Bristol Bears FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 3  
  08/10/1949 Neath FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 9 - 0  
  15/10/1949 Swansea FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 18  
  12/11/1949 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  19/11/1949 Blackheath FH 0 2 0 0 4 W 19 - 0  
  10/12/1949 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  24/12/1949 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  26/12/1949 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  31/12/1949 US Cognacaise CE 1 0 0 0 3 D 6 - 6  
  02/01/1950 Stade Nantais Université Club CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 3  
  14/01/1950 Bristol Bears CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 6  
  11/02/1950 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 6  
  18/02/1950 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 8  
  25/02/1950 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  18/03/1950 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/11/1950 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 12  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 14 9 1 4 1 0 0 1 6  
  British and Irish Lions 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Bridgend Ravens - Cardiff - Newbridge - Pentre - Treorchy -
Education: - Pentre School - University College, Cardiff -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - British and Irish Lions - Wales -

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