Player Profile

David Willicombe - Centre

Wales RL
David Willicombe
Heritage No283
Date Of Birth11/03/1951
Place Of BirthCardiff
ClubsWigan Warriors, Halifax Panthers, Cardiff International Athletic Club
HonoursWales RL, Other Nationalities, Great Britain

Born in Hannah Street, Butetown, in 1951, his family moved across Cardiff to Fairwater. He learned his rugby at St Illtyd’s and played for Cardiff Schools and the CIACS before signing for Halifax as an 18-year-old. He found himself playing alongside fellow Tiger Bay imports, Terry Michael and Johnny Freeman, at Halifax. He won the first two of his 13 Welsh caps while he was at Halifax and the rest from Wigan. He also played in three Tests for Great Britain and went on the 1974 tour to Australia and New Zealand, featuring in the 20-0 win over the Kiwis in Auckland. He won the Lancashire Cup with Wigan and was ranked as one of the best centres in the world at either code. In addition to his 13 Welsh caps, which included starring in the famous "Battle of Brisbane" in the 1975 World Championship, he played representative rugby league for "Other Nationalities" in the County Championship. Whilst playing rugby, he was also an electrician and worked for a few different firms in Halifax and Wigan. After finishing playing he ran his first pub in Wigan for two years, before running the Black Bull in Mawdesley, Lancashire for 10 years. He then returned to engineering in Manchester for 21 years at the same company before retiring in 2015.

1969-1970 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
1974-1975 9 5 0 4 1 0 0 3
1975-1976 4 3 0 1 2 0 0 6
1977-1978 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 3
1978-1979 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 18 10 0 8 4 0 0 12

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