Player Profile

Glyn Shaw - Utility forward

Wales RL
Glyn Shaw
Heritage No306
Date Of Birth11/04/1951
Place Of BirthRhigos
EducationCwmddulais Secondary School, Seven Sisters
ClubsWarrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors, Widnes Vikings, Neath, St Helens, Seven Sisters
RegionsWest Glamorgan, Glamorgan
HonoursWales RL, Great Britain, Wales, West Wales, Wales Youth RU
ManagedWidnes West Bank
Glyn won seven caps for Wales, making his debut against France in 1978, and one cap for Great Britain, playing against New Zealand in 1980. Starting off in rugby union with Seven Sisters, he won youth caps for Wales before joining Neath in 1970, where he became one of their greatest ever forwards. He played for Wales B in 1971, and a year later, he helped Neath to win the inaugural WRU National Cup. In December 1972, he won the first of his 12 full WRU caps, playing in the narrow 19-16 loss to the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park. He went on to win further representative rugby union honours with Neath & Aberavon Combined, West Glamorgan, West Wales and Crawshays before turning professional with Widnes in 1977. He was captain of Neath at that time.

Glyn had an equally successful career in rugby league, making 240 first class appearances and scoring 24 tries. First with Widnes, where he made 140 appearances for the "Cup Kings", scoring 18 tries. There he starred as prop in Widnes' 12-3 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1979 Challenge Cup Final, and came on as substitute in the 18-9 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1981 Challenge Cup Final. He also won Lancashire Cup honours, playing in the 1978 and 1979 Final victories, both against Workington Town, 15-13 and 11-10 respectively. In the RFL League Cup, he played in the 1979 Final win where Widnes beat Warrington 16-4. Further League Cup winners honours came when he joined Wigan in 1981, playing in the 15-4 win over Leeds in the 1983 Final. He made 63 appearances for Wigan, scoring twice, before joining Warrington in the 1984-85 season, making 15 appearances and scoring three tries. He finished his career with Rochdale Hornets in the 1985-86 season, playing eight times and scoring one try. He remained in the north of England, settling in Widnes and coaching West Bank Bears, but was still highly recognised by the Neath Rugby Supporters Club, who installed him in their Hall of Fame in 2016.

He died in May 2022 after a short illness.
1977-1978 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978-1979 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1979-1980 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
1981-1982 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1982-1983 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1984-1985 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7 1 0 6 0 0 0 0
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