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
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