Player Profile

John Mantle -

Wales RL
John Mantle
Heritage No273
Date Of Birth13/03/1942
Place Of BirthCardiff
EducationBedwellty Comprehensive School, Loughborough College
ClubsBlackpool Borough, Keighley Cougars, Oldham RLFC, Barrow Raiders, Leigh Centurions, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Newport, Bargoed
HonoursWales RL, Great Britain, Wales, Wales Schools
ManagedCardiff City Blue Dragons, Wales RL, Leigh Centurions
John Mantle led Wales on three occasions, the first being against England in 1968, and was the nation’s 25th captain. He scored one international try, which was against New Zealand in the World Cup match in Swansea in 1975. The 25-24 win was the last time the full Wales side beat New Zealand in either league or union. He played in the infamous "Battle of Brisbane", where he came on as a substitute in Wales’ 12-7 win over England. He was capped 13 times by Great Britain and was a 1966 Lions tourist to Australia, playing in seven tour matches in addition to all three Ashes tests. Starting in rugby union, he played for Newport and Bargoed and won two Welsh RU caps. He turned professional with St Helens in 1965 and turned out for the 435 times and played in 19 major finals. He was a member of the Saints side that won four trophies – Lancashire League, League Leader’s Bowl, Challenge Cup and League Championship – in 1965-66, when he played 48 matches. He played in the 1976-77 season for Salford before joining Leigh as player-coach for the 1977-78 season. He spent the 1978-79 season at Barrow before making brief appearances at Keighley, Oldham and Blackpool Borough. After his retirement, he was involved in the management of both Cardiff City Blue Dragons and the Welsh national side. He died on November 15th 2018 aged 76.
1968-1969 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969-1970 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
1974-1975 8 4 0 4 1 0 0 3
1975-1976 6 3 0 3 1 0 0 3
1976-1977 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977-1978 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 20 10 0 10 2 0 0 6
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