Gwyn Rowlands

Gwyn Rowlands

Position: Wing

Date Of Birth 19/12/1928 (88)
Place Of Birth Berkhamsted

Gwyn Rowlands was born and educated in Berkhamsted and had dual qualifications for both England and Wales. He had trials for England national team during the 1948/49 season, but was unsuccessful.

He was invited for trials for Wales in 1949 and while on national service for the Royal Air Force at St Athan he accepted an invitation to join Cardiff Rugby Club.

In 1953 he was part of the Cardiff team to face to touring New Zealand team. Rowlands was instrumental in a famous victory, his cross-kick set up the first Cardiff try which he also converted.

His performance won him his first Welsh international cap for Wales when he was brought in to face the same touring New Zealand side. He scored two conversions and a penalty goal in the 13-8 victory. He played in three more internationals for Wales, two in the 1954 Five Nations Championship (against England and France) and one in 1956 (against France).  

During his career with Cardiff he scored 66 tries in 99 games and twice registered more than 100 points in a season. When he retired he returned to his hometown of Berkhamsted to become a doctor, later taking over his father's general practice.

Gwyn passed away at Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury on 30th April 2010.    

 

 

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1951/1952 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3  
  1952/1953 22 20 0 2 17 10 4 2 89  
  1953/1954 22 16 2 4 16 21 12 1 129  
  1954/1955 10 8 1 1 8 11 6 0 64  
  1955/1956 38 27 1 10 24 20 4 4 136  
  1956/1957 6 2 0 4 1 2 0 0 7  
  Total 99 74 4 21 67 64 26 7 428  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  19/04/1952 Plymouth Albion WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 5  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/09/1952 Neath WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 3  
  13/09/1952 Plymouth Albion WI 1 2 0 0 7 W 47 - 0  
  17/09/1952 Cheltenham WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  22/09/1952 Leicester Tigers WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 6  
  29/09/1952 Nantes / Cognac WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 36 - 11  
  04/10/1952 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  06/10/1952 Old Belvedere WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  07/10/1952 Young Munster WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 31 - 17  
  11/10/1952 Pontypool WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 3  
  18/10/1952 Gloucester Rugby WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  25/10/1952 Scarlets WI 3 0 0 0 9 W 12 - 6  
  03/11/1952 Northampton Saints WI 1 0 0 1 6 L 6 - 11  
  08/11/1952 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  15/11/1952 Wasps WI 1 2 0 0 7 W 16 - 5  
  22/11/1952 Scarlets WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  20/12/1952 Swansea WI 0 0 1 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  26/12/1952 Wasps WI 1 0 0 1 6 W 27 - 0  
  17/01/1953 Bath Rugby WI 0 2 2 0 10 W 16 - 3  
  07/02/1953 Bristol Rugby WI 1 2 0 0 7 W 10 - 8  
  06/04/1953 Harlequins WI 0 0 1 0 3 W 15 - 0  
  18/04/1953 Pontypool WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 15  
  22/04/1953 Bristol Rugby WI 1 2 0 0 7 W 10 - 9  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  02/09/1953 Cardiff & District WI 0 0 0 1 3 W 17 - 3  
  05/09/1953 Cheltenham WI 1 0 1 0 6 W 12 - 3  
  12/09/1953 Birkenhead Park WI 2 2 1 0 13 W 32 - 3  
  14/09/1953 Aberavon WI 0 2 0 0 4 W 10 - 0  
  19/09/1953 Coventry WI 0 0 2 0 6 W 12 - 6  
  26/09/1953 Pontypool WI 3 2 0 0 13 W 21 - 0  
  03/10/1953 Newport WI 0 3 0 0 6 W 15 - 6  
  05/10/1953 Scarlets WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 3 - 8  
  17/10/1953 Swansea WI 0 0 2 0 6 L 9 - 11  
  24/10/1953 Neath WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  31/10/1953 Cambridge University WI 1 1 2 0 11 W 14 - 9  
  02/11/1953 Northampton Saints WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 22  
  07/11/1953 Oxford University WI 3 1 0 0 11 W 30 - 0  
  21/11/1953 New Zealand WI 1 1 0 0 5 W 8 - 3  
  28/11/1953 Gloucester Rugby WI 1 2 2 0 13 W 19 - 3  
  09/01/1954 Aberavon WI 0 1 0 0 2 L 8 - 11  
  13/02/1954 London Welsh WI 1 1 0 0 5 W 17 - 11  
  27/02/1954 Gloucester Rugby WI 0 1 1 0 5 W 17 - 5  
  06/03/1954 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  17/03/1954 Newport WI 2 2 0 0 10 W 13 - 9  
  20/03/1954 Neath WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  17/04/1954 Barbarians WI 0 2 1 0 7 W 16 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/01/1955 Moseley WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 8 - 9  
  12/03/1955 Blackheath WI 1 0 1 0 6 D 6 - 6  
  26/03/1955 Leicester Tigers WI 1 4 1 0 14 W 32 - 9  
  11/04/1955 Harlequins WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  12/04/1955 Northampton Saints WI 0 0 1 0 3 W 6 - 3  
  18/04/1955 Penzance & Newlyn WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 0  
  23/04/1955 Coventry WI 2 2 2 0 16 W 22 - 13  
  27/04/1955 Penarth WI 1 2 0 0 7 W 16 - 5  
  30/04/1955 Old Belvedere WI 0 3 1 0 9 W 21 - 11  
  07/05/1955 Scarlets WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1955 Cardiff & District WI 0 0 0 1 3 W 29 - 0  
  03/09/1955 Birkenhead Park WI 2 0 0 0 6 W 20 - 11  
  07/09/1955 Romania WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  10/09/1955 Pontypool WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 6  
  17/09/1955 Coventry WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 9 - 16  
  19/09/1955 Leicester Tigers CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  24/09/1955 Aberavon WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 11  
  01/10/1955 Newport WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 16  
  03/12/1955 Swansea WI 0 1 1 0 5 W 11 - 3  
  10/12/1955 Harlequins WI 0 2 1 0 7 W 13 - 0  
  17/12/1955 Rosslyn Park WI 3 0 0 0 9 W 18 - 0  
  24/12/1955 Bristol Rugby WI 0 1 0 0 2 L 8 - 11  
  26/12/1955 Wasps WI 3 0 0 0 9 W 21 - 3  
  27/12/1955 Watsonians WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 17 - 9  
  31/12/1955 Stade Nantais Université Club WI 1 2 0 0 7 W 26 - 9  
  01/01/1956 Paris University WI 0 1 0 1 5 W 14 - 6  
  14/01/1956 Scarlets WI 1 1 1 0 8 W 19 - 3  
  21/01/1956 Bath Rugby WI 1 1 0 0 5 W 11 - 0  
  28/01/1956 Cheltenham WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 5  
  18/02/1956 Newport WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  25/02/1956 Neath WI 0 0 1 0 3 L 3 - 8  
  03/03/1956 Newport WI 0 1 0 0 2 W 10 - 9  
  10/03/1956 Bridgend Ravens WI 2 1 0 0 8 W 24 - 9  
  14/03/1956 Bristol Rugby WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 6  
  17/03/1956 Gloucester Rugby WI 3 0 0 0 9 W 17 - 10  
  21/03/1956 Penarth WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  27/03/1956 Coventry CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  31/03/1956 Barbarians WI 0 0 0 1 3 D 6 - 6  
  02/04/1956 Harlequins WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 11  
  03/04/1956 Northampton Saints WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 11  
  07/04/1956 Plymouth Albion WI 0 0 0 1 3 W 9 - 8  
  09/04/1956 Penzance & Newlyn WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 24 - 3  
  10/04/1956 St Ives WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 6  
  11/04/1956 Newton Abbot WI 1 3 0 0 9 W 29 - 6  
  14/04/1956 Ebbw Vale WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 13  
  26/04/1956 Pontypool WI 0 2 0 0 4 W 16 - 8  
  30/04/1956 Bridgend Ravens WI 0 2 0 0 4 W 13 - 0  
  03/05/1956 Aberavon WI 1 2 0 0 7 W 13 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  15/10/1956 Bective Rangers FB 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 6  
  08/12/1956 Harlequins WI 0 1 0 0 2 L 11 - 17  
  31/12/1956 Glasgow HSFP WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 9  
  05/01/1957 Moseley WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 11 - 13  
  09/01/1957 South African Universities WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 8  
  12/01/1957 Bristol Rugby WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 14  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 4 3 0 1 1 2 2 0 13  
Clubs: - London Welsh - Civil Service - Cardiff -
Education: - Berkhamstead School -
Honours: - Wales -
Services: - RAF -

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