Captains

Above pic – Elliot Kear – Wales’ 47th captain, leads his side onto the field against Scotland in 2018.

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

Whether a player has captained Wales 18 times, like current 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 46 captains.

THE WALES CAPTAINS ROLL OF HONOUR

Captain #NameTimes as CaptainDebut as Captain
8Jim Sullivan18Test # 19 – 12/04/1926 England
26David Watkins13Test # 85 – 16/02/1975 France
37Lee Briers13Test # 135 – 03/11/2002 New Zealand
44Craig Kopczak13Test # 162 – 20/10/2012 France
14Ted Ward9Test # 51 – 20/09/1947 England
30Jonathan Davies9Test # 109 – 17/10/1991 Papua New Guinea
12Trevor Foster7Test # 42 – 27/02/1943 England
27Bill Francis6Test # 96 – 20/02/1977 France
31Dai Young6Test # 111 – 27/11/1992 England
35Iestyn Harris6Test # 128 – 19/10/2000 South Africa
41Jordan 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
18Jack Evans4Test # 66 – 15/04/1951 France
28John Bevan4Test # 104 – 31/01/1981 France
7Danny Hurcombe3Test # 17 – 07/02/1925 England
19Bryn Goldswain3Test # 70 – 06/04/1952 France
23John Mantle3Test # 79 – 07/11/1968 England
38Paul Atcheson3Test # 136 – 26/10/2003 Russia
45Peter Lupton3Test # 167 – 17/10/2014 Scotland
47Elliot 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
25Gordon Lewis2Test # 83 – 25/01/1970 France
34Neil Cowie2Test # 126 – 15/10/1999 Ireland
39Damian 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
20Billy Banks1Test # 76 – 13/12/1953 France
21Tommy Harris1Test # 77 – 01/03/1959 France
22Lewis Jones1Test # 78 – 17/02/1963 France
24John Warlow1Test # 80 – 09/03/1969 France
29Trevor Skerrett1Test # 108 – 14/10/1984 England
32Paul Moriarty1Test # 124 – 26/06/1996 England
33Kelvin Skerrett1Test # 125 – 19/06/1998 England
36Keiron Cunningham1Test # 134 – 29/07/2001 England
40Ben Flower1Test # 148 – 10/10/2008 England
42Ian Watson1Test # 153 – 06/10/2010 Italy
43Gareth Thomas1Test # 156 – 23/10/2010 France
46Rhodri Lloyd1Test # 174 – 21/10/2016 Jamaica