Billy Darch

Billy Darch

Position: Scrumhalf

Billy Darch was born in Trealaw and his early school days were at Trealaw Elementary where he captained the rugby, cricket and athletics teams. Darch also played for Penygraig and District schoolboys and represented East Glamorgan as scrum half in a side that also contained Bleddyn Williams. 

He graduated to Porth Secondary School where his sporting prowess was quite renowned. Academically his qualifications were formidable and he gained his BSc from Cardiff University where he spent three years as an industrial chemist during the war.

In 1942-43 he was invited to join Cardiff where he formed that great half back partnership with Billy Cleaver until 1944-45. He played in the first of the 'Victory' internationals against France, although caps were not awarded.

When official fixtures resumed after the war he continued the partnership with Cleaver and they became firm favourites with the Arms Park crowd. In that first post war season Billy had trial and representative games and was the only Cardiff player to play in all 40 official fixtures. In all he played 68 games between 1945 and 1949 scoring 10 tries

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1945/1946 36 30 1 5 6 0 0 0 18  
  1946/1947 21 17 0 4 2 0 0 0 6  
  1947/1948 8 7 0 1 2 0 0 0 6  
  1948/1949 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 67 55 2 10 10 0 0 0 30  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1945 Cardiff & District SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 43 - 3  
  08/09/1945 Leicester Tigers SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  15/09/1945 Royal Australian Armed Forces SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 3  
  22/09/1945 Neath SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 9  
  29/09/1945 Wasps SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 0  
  06/10/1945 Newport SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 17  
  13/10/1945 Gloucester Rugby SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 40 - 9  
  20/10/1945 Swansea SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 6  
  27/10/1945 Scarlets SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 3  
  03/11/1945 New Zealand Services SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 3  
  10/11/1945 Newport SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 6  
  17/11/1945 Coventry SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  24/11/1945 Pontypool SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 0  
  08/12/1945 Bristol Bears SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 20 - 5  
  15/12/1945 Harlequins SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 3  
  26/12/1945 New Zealand Army SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  29/12/1945 Bristol Bears SH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  31/12/1945 Stade Nantais Université Club SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 8  
  01/01/1946 US Cognacaise SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 18 - 19  
  12/01/1946 London Welsh SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  26/01/1946 Neath SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  09/02/1946 Gloucester Rugby SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 18 - 3  
  16/02/1946 Newport SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 7  
  23/02/1946 Richmond / Blackheath Combined SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 13  
  02/03/1946 Newport SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  16/03/1946 Scarlets SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  21/03/1946 Bath Rugby SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  23/03/1946 Coventry SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  30/03/1946 Royal Naval Engineering College SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 6  
  01/04/1946 Penzance & Newlyn SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 8  
  02/04/1946 Redruth SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  06/04/1946 RAF SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  13/04/1946 Wasps SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 7  
  20/04/1946 Barbarians SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 10  
  22/04/1946 Harlequins SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 6  
  23/04/1946 Royal Naval Engineering College SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1946 Cardiff & District SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 3  
  07/09/1946 Plymouth Albion SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  16/09/1946 Cross Keys SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 4 - 3  
  05/10/1946 Newport SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  12/10/1946 Gloucester Rugby SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 8  
  19/10/1946 Swansea SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 7  
  26/10/1946 Rosslyn Park SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 8  
  02/11/1946 Wasps SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 6  
  09/11/1946 Newport SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  11/11/1946 Stade Nantais Université Club SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 5  
  07/12/1946 Richmond SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  12/12/1946 Cambridge University SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 34 - 8  
  27/12/1946 Watsonians SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 35 - 8  
  19/01/1947 Bath Rugby SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 8  
  22/03/1947 Coventry SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 10  
  29/03/1947 St Mary's Hospital SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 25 - 0  
  12/04/1947 Plymouth Albion SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 11  
  14/04/1947 Devonport Services SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 27 - 3  
  15/04/1947 Exeter Chiefs SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  19/04/1947 Scarlets SH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 7  
  26/04/1947 Pontypool SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/11/1947 Scarlets SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  06/12/1947 Richmond SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  20/12/1947 Harlequins SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 8  
  26/12/1947 Wasps SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 4  
  27/12/1947 Watsonians SH 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 0  
  03/01/1948 Neath SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  17/01/1948 Bath Rugby SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  13/03/1948 Penarth SH 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 15  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/11/1948 Penarth SH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  02/04/1949 Swansea SH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
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Honours: - Wales -

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