Captains

Current men’s captain Elliot Kear scores for Wales 9s v Lebanon 9s in Sydney in 2019. 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 over 50 captains who have led our country in men’s, women’s or Wheelchair full international matches and first class games.

The men’s side stats include 180 full 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 Wheelchair side was formed in 2012 and have played only full international matches. The Wales Women’s side first played in 2019 with a friendly and first class game before playing their first full international in 2021.

THE WALES CAPTAINS ROLL OF HONOUR

Captain #NameCaptain GamesCaptain Debut
1Tom Llewellyn2Men's Full Int # 001 - 01/01/1908 New Zealand
2Bert Jenkins5Men's Full Int # 002 - 20/04/1908 England
3Chick Jenkins2Men's Full Int # 005 - 09/04/1910 England
4Johnny Thomas2Men's Full Int # 010 - 15/02/1913 England
5Gwyn Thomas1Men's Full Int # 012 - 19/01/1921 England
6Ben Gronow4Men's Full Int # 013 - 10/12/1921 Australia
7Danny Hurcombe3Men's Full Int # 017 - 07/02/1925 England
8Jim Sullivan *19Men's Full Int # 019 - 12/04/1926 England
9Joe Thompson1Men's Full Int # 024 - 18/01/1930 Australia
10Emlyn Jenkins1Men's Full Int # 030 - 10/04/1935 England
11Gus Risman5Men's Full Int # 040 - 09/11/1940 England
12Trevor Foster7Men's Full Int # 042 - 27/02/1943 England
13Doug Phillips1Men's Full Int # 050 - 12/04/1947 France
14Ted Ward9Men's Full Int # 051 - 20/09/1947 England
15Dai Jenkins1Men's Full Int # 056 - 22/09/1948 England
16Ralph Morgan1Men's Full Int # 062 - 12/11/1949 France
17Dickie Williams5Men's Full Int # 064 - 14/10/1950 England
18Frank Osmond1Men's Full Int # 066 - 15/04/1951 France
19Gareth Price *1Men's - 19/05/1951 British Empire
20Bryn Goldswain *4Men's Full Int # 070 - 06/04/1952 France
21Jack Evans3Men's Full Int # 073 - 15/04/1953 Other
22Billy Banks1Men's Full Int # 076 - 13/12/1953 France
23Tommy Harris1Men's Full Int # 077 - 01/03/1959 France
24Lewis Jones1Men's Full Int # 078 - 17/02/1963 France
25John Mantle3Men's Full Int # 079 - 07/11/1968 England
26John Warlow1Men's Full Int # 080 - 09/03/1969 France
27Gordon Lewis2Men's Full Int # 083 - 25/01/1970 France
28David Watkins ****17Men's Full Int # 085 - 16/02/1975 France
29Kel Coslett *1Men's - 01/07/1975 Auckland
30Bill Francis6Men's Full Int # 096 - 20/02/1977 France
31John Bevan4Men's Full Int # 104 - 31/01/1981 France
32Trevor Skerrett1Men's Full Int # 108 - 14/10/1984 England
33Jonathan Davies9Men's Full Int # 109 - 17/10/1991 PNG
34Dai Young6Men's Full Int # 111 - 27/11/1992 England
35Paul Moriarty1Men's Full Int # 124 - 26/06/1996 England
36Kelvin Skerrett *1Men's - 19/06/1998 Emerging England
37Neil Cowie2Men's Full Int # 125 - 15/10/1999 Ireland
38Iestyn Harris6Men's Full Int # 127 - 19/10/2000 South Africa
39Keiron Cunningham1Men's Full Int # 133 - 29/07/2001 England
40Lee Briers13Men's Full Int # 134 - 03/11/2002 New Zealand
41Paul Atcheson3Men's Full Int # 137 - 26/10/2003 Russia
42Damian Gibson2Men's Full Int # 138 - 17/10/2004 Ireland
43David Mills1Men's Full Int # 147 - 10/10/2008 England
44Ben Flower2Men's Full Int # 148 - 17/10/2009 England
45Jordan James4Men's Full Int # 150 - 01/11/2009 Ireland
46Ian Watson1Men's Full Int # 152 - 06/10/2010 Italy
47Gareth Thomas1Men's Full Int # 155 - 23/10/2010 France
48Alan Caron3Wheelchair Int # 001 – 07/07/2012 Scotland
49Craig Kopczak13Men's Full Int # 161 - 20/10/2012 France
50Paul Craig5Wheelchair Int # 004 – 03/07/2013 Ireland
51Adam Button3Wheelchair Int # 009 – 13/09/2014 Ireland
52Peter Lupton3Men's Full Int # 166 - 17/10/2014 Scotland
53Mark Williams15Wheelchair Int # 012 – 09/08/2015 Ireland
54Harry Jones2Wheelchair Int # 015 – 25/09/2015 France
55Rhodri Lloyd1Men's Full Int # 173 - 21/10/2016 Jamaica
56Stuart Williams11Wheelchair Int # 028 – 25/07/2017 Spain
57Elliot Kear3Men's Full Int # 178 - 27/10/2018 France
58Rafiuke Taylor **2Women's - 26/10/2019 Great Britain Teachers
59Shaunni Davies1Women's Full Int # 001 – 25/06/2021 England
60Gary Preece2Wheelchair Int # 039 – 26/06/2021 England
61Jodie Boyd-Ward1Wheelchair Int # 040 – 16/10/2021 Ireland
62Ffion Lewis1Women's Full Int # 002 – 17/10/2021 Ireland
63Stephen Halsey1Wheelchair Int # 041 – 30/10/2021 Scotland

* includes non full international matches (number of stars signifies how many of these)

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