Billy Darch born in Trealaw and his early school days were at Trealaw Elementary where he captained the rugby, cricket and athletics section of the school, he also played for Penygraig and District schoolboys and represented East Glamorgan as scrum half to Bleddyn Williams.
He graduated to Porth Secondary School where his sporting prowess was quite renowned.
His academic qualifications were formidable and he gained his B.Sc. at Cardiff University where he spent 3 years war service as an industrial chemist. He was invited to join Cardiff in 1942-43 where he formed that great half back partnership with Billy Cleaver until 1944-45. He also played in the first of the so-called 'Victory' internationals against France, caps were not awarded.
When official fixtures resumed the partnership with Cleaver became firm favourites with the Arms Park crowd. That first post war season Billy had trial and representative games and was the only player to play in all 40 official fixtures.In all he played 68 official fixtures between 1945-46 and 1948-49 scoring 10 tries
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