Captains

Current captain Elliot Kear scores for Wales 9s v Lebanon 9s in Sydney in 2009. Digital image by Shane Myers � NRL Photos

 

To play for Wales is one thing, to captain Wales is another.

Whether a player has captained Wales 18 times, like current men’s record holder Jim Sullivan, or just the once like a number have done, it’s a great honour to lead the team out and stand in the centre for the photographs or coin toss.

From Tom Llewellyn, who captained Wales in the first ever international rugby league match between two full nations anywhere in the world when Wales beat New Zealand 9-8 in Aberdare on New Years Day 1908, Wales have had 50 first class men’s side captains, 47 in test matches.

The stats include 180 capped internationals, five “tour” matches in New Zealand in 1975 against regional and representative sides, plus four recognised first class matches against representative sides played in England, Wales and France.

THE WALES CAPTAINS ROLL OF HONOUR

Captain #NameTimes as CaptainDebut as Captain
1Tom Llewellyn2Test # 1 - 01/01/1908 New Zealand
2Bert Jenkins5Test # 2 - 20/04/1908 England
3Chick Jenkins2Test # 5 - 09/04/1910 England
4Johnny Thomas2Test # 10 - 15/02/1913 England
5Gwyn Thomas1Test # 12 - 19/01/1921 England
6Ben Gronow4Test # 13 - 10/12/1921 Australia
7Danny Hurcombe3Test # 17 - 07/02/1925 England
8Jim Sullivan *19Test # 19 - 12/04/1926 England
9Joe Thompson1Test # 24 - 18/01/1930 Australia
10Emlyn Jenkins1Test # 30 - 10/04/1935 England
11Gus Risman5Test # 40 - 09/11/1940 England
12Trevor Foster7Test # 42 - 27/02/1943 England
13Doug Phillips1Test # 50 - 12/04/1947 France
14Ted Ward9Test # 51 - 20/09/1947 England
15Dai Jenkins1Test # 56 - 22/09/1948 England
16Ralph Morgan1Test # 62 - 12/11/1949 France
17Richard Williams5Test # 64 - 14/10/1950 England
18Frank Osmond1Test # 66 - 15/04/1951 France
19Gareth Price *119/05/1951 British Empire
20Bryn Goldswain *4Test # 70 - 06/04/1952 France
21Jack Evans3Test # 73 - 15/04/1953 Other Nationalities
22Billy Banks1Test # 76 - 13/12/1953 France
23Tommy Harris1Test # 77 - 01/03/1959 France
24Lewis Jones1Test # 78 - 17/02/1963 France
25John Mantle3Test # 79 - 07/11/1968 England
26John Warlow1Test # 80 - 09/03/1969 France
27Gordon Lewis2Test # 83 - 25/01/1970 France
28David Watkins **17Test # 85 - 16/02/1975 France
29Kel Coslett *101/07/1975 Auckland
30Bill Francis6Test # 96 - 20/02/1977 France
31John Bevan4Test # 104 - 31/01/1981 France
32Trevor Skerrett1Test # 108 - 14/10/1984 England
33Jonathan Davies9Test # 109 - 17/10/1991 Papua New Guinea
34Dai Young6Test # 111 - 27/11/1992 England
35Paul Moriarty1Test # 124 - 26/06/1996 England
36Kelvin Skerrett *119/06/1998 Emerging England
37Neil Cowie2Test # 125 - 15/10/1999 Ireland
38Iestyn Harris6Test # 127 - 19/10/2000 South Africa
39Keiron Cunningham1Test # 133 - 29/07/2001 England
40Lee Briers13Test # 134 - 03/11/2002 New Zealand
41Paul Atcheson3Test # 137 - 26/10/2003 Russia
42Damian Gibson2Test # 138 - 17/10/2004 Ireland
43David Mills1Test # 147 - 10/10/2008 England
44Jordan James6Test # 148 - 17/10/2009 England
45Ian Watson1Test # 152 - 06/10/2010 Italy
46Gareth Thomas1Test # 155 - 23/10/2010 France
47Craig Kopczak13Test # 161 - 20/10/2012 France
48Peter Lupton3Test # 166 - 17/10/2014 Scotland
49Rhodri Lloyd1Test # 173 - 21/10/2016 Jamaica
50Elliot Kear3Test #178 - 27/10/2018 France

* includes one non-test match

** includes four non-test matches

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