Beriah Melbourne Gwynne Thomas was born in Nantymoel in 1896 and played for several teams including Bridgend, London Welsh and Cardiff. His one appearance for Cardiff came when he was studying medicine at Cardiff University, before moving to St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, he also played rugby for both institutions.
During the First World War he enlisted in the Royal Navy, serving as a surgeon sub-lieutenant. After the war came to a close, in an effort to rebuild the sport of rugby, a match was organised between a Wales team and the New Zealand Army. The game was arranged for 21 April 1919, to be played at St. Helen's in Swansea. Thomas was chosen to represent Wales, earning his first international cap going on to be capped six times in all.
Dr Mel Thomas died in Pontypridd in 1966 at the age of 70.
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