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Watcyn Thomas (1906 - 1977) was a Welsh rugby union player who captained Wales in the early 1930s. Jump to: navigation, search 1906 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Jump to: navigation, search Rugby Union is a team sport that was developed from the rules used to play football at Rugby School in England. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Welsh rugby union team, as the highest level of Welsh rugby union, represent Wales at the national sport of rugby union. ...


Thomas was born in Llanelli and educated at Llanelli County School and at University College, Swansea. While still at school he was the first captain of the newly formed Welsh Secondary Schools XV in 1924. He then joined Llanelli, moving to Swansea in December 1927. A teacher by profession, he moved to St. Helens to teach at Cowley Grammar School in 1929, and played rugby for Waterloo and Lancashire, captaining Lancashire to the championship in 1934-35. Llanelli is a coastal town in Carmarthenshire, Wales, approximately 13 km (8 miles) from Swansea. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Llanelli Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team founded in 1872. ... Swansea Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby team which plays in the Welsh Premier Division. ... St Helens is the name of several places: St Helens, Merseyside St Helens, Isles of Scilly St. ...


After Llanelli's victory against the touring New Zealand Maoris, he won his first cap for Wales against England in 1927. Against Scotland in 1931 he played for 70 minutes with a broken collarbone and scored a try. As captain he led Wales to victory over England at Twickenham in 1933, overcoming the "Twickenham bogey" that had haunted Wales. However after the match against Ireland the same year, Thomas fell out with the selectors, who had selected a prop as flanker and a flanker as prop for the match. Thomas ignored this and played them in their usual positions, and never played for Wales again. England Rugby is the name of the English national rugby union team. ... Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union, a founder member of the International Rugby Board in 1886 with fellow Celtic nations Ireland and Wales. ... Jump to: navigation, search Twickenham is a town in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in the south-west of London It is best known as the home of Twickenham Stadium - the headquarters of the Rugby Football Union. ...


In 1936 he moved to Birmingham to teach at King Edward's School, and died there in 1977. Jump to: navigation, search The city from above Centenary Square. ...


References

Gareth Hughes (1983) One hundred years of scarlet (Llanelli Rugby Football Club) ISBN: 0-9509159-0-4


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Wales national rugby union team - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1549 words)
Between 1923 and 1925, Wales were whitewashed by the other rugby union nations and only managed to beat France during that time.
A resurgence of both economy and rugby union followed as in 1931 Wales won their first championship for nine years and in 1933, captained by Watcyn Thomas, beat England at Twickenham for the first time.
In 1935 Wales beat the touring All Blacks by 13 points to 12, with Haydn Tanner making his first appearance.
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