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 48 men’s side captains.

THE WALES CAPTAINS ROLL OF HONOUR

Captain #NameTimes as CaptainDebut as Captain
8Jim Sullivan18Test # 19 – 12/04/1926 England
27David Watkins13Test # 85 – 16/02/1975 France
38Lee Briers13Test # 135 – 03/11/2002 New Zealand
45Craig Kopczak13Test # 162 – 20/10/2012 France
14Ted Ward9Test # 51 – 20/09/1947 England
31Jonathan Davies9Test # 109 – 17/10/1991 Papua New Guinea
12Trevor Foster7Test # 42 – 27/02/1943 England
28Bill Francis6Test # 96 – 20/02/1977 France
32Dai Young6Test # 111 – 27/11/1992 England
36Iestyn Harris6Test # 128 – 19/10/2000 South Africa
42Jordan James6Test # 149 – 17/10/2009 England
2Bert Jenkins5Test # 2 – 20/04/1908 England
11Gus Risman5Test # 40 – 09/11/1940 England
17Richard Williams5Test # 64 – 14/10/1950 England
6Ben Gronow4Test # 13 – 10/12/1921 Australia
20Jack Evans3Test # 73 – 15/04/1953 Other Nationalities
29John Bevan4Test # 104 – 31/01/1981 France
7Danny Hurcombe3Test # 17 – 07/02/1925 England
19Bryn Goldswain3Test # 70 – 06/04/1952 France
24John Mantle3Test # 79 – 07/11/1968 England
39Paul Atcheson3Test # 136 – 26/10/2003 Russia
46Peter Lupton3Test # 167 – 17/10/2014 Scotland
48Elliot Kear3Test #177 – 27/10/2018 France
1Tom Llewellyn2Test # 1 – 01/01/1908 New Zealand
3Chick Jenkins2Test # 5 – 09/04/1910 England
4Johnny Thomas2Test # 10 – 15/02/1913 England
26Gordon Lewis2Test # 83 – 25/01/1970 France
35Neil Cowie2Test # 126 – 15/10/1999 Ireland
40Damian Gibson2Test # 139 – 17/10/2004 Ireland
5Gwyn Thomas1Test # 12 – 19/01/1921 England
9Joe Thompson1Test # 24 – 18/01/1930 Australia
10Emlyn Jenkins1Test # 30 – 10/04/1935 England
13Doug Phillips1Test # 50 – 12/04/1947 France
15Dai Jenkins1Test # 56 – 22/09/1948 England
16Ralph Morgan1Test # 62 – 12/11/1949 France
21Billy Banks1Test # 76 – 13/12/1953 France
22Tommy Harris1Test # 77 – 01/03/1959 France
23Lewis Jones1Test # 78 – 17/02/1963 France
25John Warlow1Test # 80 – 09/03/1969 France
30Trevor Skerrett1Test # 108 – 14/10/1984 England
33Paul Moriarty1Test # 124 – 26/06/1996 England
34Kelvin Skerrett1Test # 125 – 19/06/1998 England
37Keiron Cunningham1Test # 134 – 29/07/2001 England
41Ben Flower1Test # 148 – 10/10/2008 England
43Ian Watson1Test # 153 – 06/10/2010 Italy
44Gareth Thomas1Test # 156 – 23/10/2010 France
47Rhodri Lloyd1Test # 174 – 21/10/2016 Jamaica
18Frank Osmond1Test # 66 – 15/04/1951 France
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