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
* includes one non-test match
** includes four non-test matches