|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].
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