Maldwyn James

Maldwyn James

Position: Hooker

Place Of Birth Cilfynydd

David Maldwyn James [1913-2003] born in Cilfynydd he attended Pontypridd Boys Grammer School before working underground as a collier for the Albion Colliery, Cilfynydd.

During the early 1930s he played rugby for Cilfynydd RFC and Pontypridd RFC in the position of Hooker.In 1937 /38 he was selected for the Welsh international trails but a severe injury to his right foot kept him out of the game until 1941.

In 1945 he joined Cardiff RFC, contributing 145 points to the season, and eventually making 85 appearances for the club.During his time with Cardiff he played in four 'Victory' internationals for Wales at the end of the Second World War. Caps were not awarded for these matches.

In the Wales v Australia match on 20th December 1947 at Cardiff Arms Park, James became the oldest player to make a debut for Wales aged 34 and five months. He went on to gain another four caps.

When he retired from rugby he continued to be involved with Cardiff RFC serving on the Committee in season 1949/50 and thereafter in many capacities until he retired in 1959/60. He was re-appointed to the Committee in 1972/73 and was Chairman in season 1975/76 before finally retiring in 1984.

David Maldwyn James passed away in Aberdare on 19th July 2003 [aged 90].
Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1945/1946 36 29 2 5 1 53 12 0 145  
  1946/1947 21 17 2 2 1 9 6 0 39  
  1947/1948 27 27 0 0 0 2 0 0 4  
  Total 84 73 4 7 2 64 18 0 188  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1945 Cardiff & District HK 0 4 0 0 8 W 43 - 3  
  08/09/1945 Leicester Tigers HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  15/09/1945 Royal Australian Armed Forces HK 0 2 1 0 7 W 28 - 3  
  22/09/1945 Neath HK 0 1 1 0 5 W 11 - 9  
  29/09/1945 Wasps HK 0 3 0 0 6 W 27 - 0  
  06/10/1945 Newport HK 0 5 0 0 10 W 28 - 17  
  13/10/1945 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 4 0 0 8 W 40 - 9  
  20/10/1945 Swansea HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 17 - 6  
  27/10/1945 Scarlets HK 0 3 1 0 9 W 35 - 3  
  03/11/1945 New Zealand Services HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  10/11/1945 Newport HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 10 - 6  
  17/11/1945 Coventry HK 0 2 0 0 4 W 16 - 3  
  24/11/1945 Pontypool HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 25 - 0  
  01/12/1945 Richmond / Blackheath Combined HK 0 2 1 0 7 W 16 - 9  
  08/12/1945 Bristol Rugby HK 0 1 1 0 5 W 20 - 5  
  15/12/1945 Harlequins HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 23 - 3  
  26/12/1945 New Zealand Army HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  29/12/1945 Bristol Rugby HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  31/12/1945 Stade Nantais Université Club HK 0 3 0 0 6 W 29 - 8  
  01/01/1946 US Cognacaise HK 0 2 0 0 4 L 18 - 19  
  12/01/1946 London Welsh HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  26/01/1946 Neath HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 5  
  09/02/1946 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 3 0 0 6 W 18 - 3  
  16/02/1946 Newport HK 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 7  
  02/03/1946 Newport HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  16/03/1946 Scarlets HK 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 5  
  23/03/1946 Coventry HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 11 - 3  
  30/03/1946 Royal Naval Engineering College HK 0 3 1 0 9 W 27 - 6  
  01/04/1946 Penzance & Newlyn HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 8  
  02/04/1946 Redruth HK 0 0 2 0 6 W 6 - 3  
  06/04/1946 RAF HK 0 2 0 0 4 W 10 - 3  
  13/04/1946 Wasps HK 0 3 1 0 9 W 24 - 7  
  20/04/1946 Barbarians HK 0 1 0 0 2 L 9 - 10  
  22/04/1946 Harlequins HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 14 - 6  
  23/04/1946 Royal Naval Engineering College HK 1 2 1 0 10 W 16 - 0  
  27/04/1946 Pontypool HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1946 Cardiff & District HK 0 1 1 0 5 W 24 - 3  
  07/09/1946 Plymouth Albion HK 0 0 2 0 6 W 9 - 3  
  14/09/1946 Bristol Rugby HK 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  16/09/1946 Cross Keys HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 4 - 3  
  28/09/1946 Coventry HK 0 1 1 0 5 W 14 - 0  
  25/01/1947 Neath HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  08/02/1947 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 12 - 11  
  15/02/1947 Newport HK 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  01/03/1947 Newport HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  15/03/1947 Leicester Tigers HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 5  
  22/03/1947 Coventry HK 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 10  
  29/03/1947 St Mary's Hospital HK 0 2 0 0 4 W 25 - 0  
  31/03/1947 Pontypool HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 5 - 3  
  05/04/1947 Barbarians HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  07/04/1947 Harlequins HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 4  
  12/04/1947 Plymouth Albion HK 0 1 0 0 2 W 16 - 11  
  14/04/1947 Devonport Services HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 3  
  15/04/1947 Exeter Chiefs HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  19/04/1947 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 7  
  26/04/1947 Pontypool HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  02/05/1947 Penarth HK 0 2 1 0 7 W 32 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  27/09/1947 Australia HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  04/10/1947 Newport HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 0  
  11/10/1947 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  18/10/1947 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 3  
  25/10/1947 Wasps HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 23 - 7  
  01/11/1947 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 3  
  08/11/1947 Newport HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  15/11/1947 Leicester Tigers HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 50 - 5  
  22/11/1947 London Welsh HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  29/11/1947 Leicester Tigers HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 4  
  06/12/1947 Richmond HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  13/12/1947 Blackheath HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 5  
  10/01/1948 Bristol Rugby HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 0  
  24/01/1948 Neath HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 5  
  14/02/1948 Plymouth Albion HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 41 - 7  
  28/02/1948 Scarlets HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  06/03/1948 Newport HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 5  
  18/03/1948 Oxford University HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  20/03/1948 Coventry HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 8  
  28/03/1948 Barbarians HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  29/03/1948 Harlequins HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 31 - 5  
  30/03/1948 Devonport Services HK 0 2 0 0 4 W 32 - 10  
  10/04/1948 Newport HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 3  
  17/04/1948 Swansea HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  21/04/1948 Penarth HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 3  
  24/04/1948 Pontypool HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 3  
  28/04/1948 Gloucester Rugby HK 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 3  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 5 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Cardiff - Cilfynydd - Mountain Ash - Pontypridd -
Education: - Pontypridd Grammar School -
Honours: - Wales -

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