Player Profile

Billy Boston - Centre

Wales RL
Billy Boston
Heritage No382
Date Of Birth06/08/1934
Place Of BirthCardiff
ClubsBlackpool Borough, Wigan Warriors, Neath, Pontypridd, Cardiff International Athletic Club
HonoursGreat Britain, Wales RL
InvitationalRugby League XIII, Other Nationalities
William John Boston MBE scored 571 tries in 564 appearances his career, the second highest all-time try scorer in the history of rugby league, after Brian Bevan.

He was capped 31 times for Great Britain scoring 24 tries. He also became famous as the first ever non-white player to be selected to tour Australia and New Zealand. He scored a further 53 tries in 27 tour matches for Great Britain.

He is an original inductee of the WRL Hall of Fame, British Rugby League Hall of Fame, Welsh Sports Hall of Fame and Wigan Warriors Hall of Fame, and was awarded an MBE in 1986.

N.B. Boston's Wales Rugby League heritage number is out of sequence. He was awarded a Welsh cap in 2016 for his 1955 appearance for Wales against France B. Unlike the rest of the side in that match, he didn't ever ever play for Wales in a full international. He was then later awarded heritage #382. This number, which falls between the winter and Super League era of rugby league, became available due to a reporting error from 1995 that was discovered after the heritage numbers were introduced.
Great Britain 31 20 1 10 24 0 0 88
Other Nationalities 2 2 0 0 5 0 0 15
TOTAL 33 22 1 10 29 0 0 103
Note: The statistics tab shows all of the player’s known appearances for this particular Wales side against international sides or other non-capped recognised first class matches. To see exactly how many full test rugby league caps for Wales (or any other country) that this player has, please click the “Test Summary” tab. Nines individual player records are not shown, please click here for full details about Nines. Please also note that clubs’ current names are used throughout this website, due to the database only being able to feed one name per club (e.g. Wigan will also be known as Wigan Warriors throughout all player profiles).
Translate »