Arthur Lemon

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Arthur Lemon
Personal information
BornArthur Whitelock Lemon
(1905-04-15)15 April 1905
Tonna, Wales
Died28 May 1982(1982-05-28) (aged 77)
Neath, Wales
Playing information
Rugby league
Position loose forward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1933–34 St Helens [1] 7990027
1934 Streatham and Mitcham
Total7990027
Rugby union
Position Number 8
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1929–33 Neath RFC 130
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1929–33 Wales [2] 130

Arthur Whitelock Lemon (15 April 1905 – 28 May 1982) was a Welsh international number 8 who played club rugby for Neath and was capped 13 times for Wales, then later switched codes to play rugby league for St Helens when he found that he had been dropped from the Wales team.

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International rugby career

Lemon made his international debut for Wales in a game against Ireland on 9 March 1929 under the captaincy of Guy Morgan. Wales drew the game, which handed the Championship to Scotland. Although Lemon missed the opening game of the 1930 Five Nations Championship against England, he was reselected for the remaining three games. Lemon played in all four games of the 1931 tournament, which saw Wales win the Championship for the first time in eight years. Lemon was next selected to play against the 1931 touring South Africans. It was a terrible spectacle played on an icy pitch, that Wales captain Jack Bassett failed to adapt his teams play to. After playing out the entirety of the 1932 Championship, Lemon would play one final match for Wales against Ireland in 1933. When Wales lost the game, the selectors decided on wholesale change and Lemon was amongst 11 players to be dropped.

Rugby League career

On being dropped by Wales, Lemon chose to turn professional with St Helens. He played for one season, then was sold to Streatham and Mitcham R.L.F.C. when Saints were in financial difficulty.

International matches played

Wales [3]

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References

  1. "Arthur Lemon". Saints Heritage Society. Retrieved 9 Sep 2020.
  2. Welsh Rugby Union player profiles [ permanent dead link ]
  3. Smith (1980), pg 468.