Billy Mainwaring

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Billy Mainwaring
Birth nameGwilym Thomas Mainwaring
Date of birth(1941-01-24)24 January 1941
Place of birth Port Talbot, Wales
Date of death(2019-04-03)3 April 2019
SchoolEastern School, Taibach
Occupation(s)steelworker
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
Taibach RFC
Aberavon RFC
Bridgend RFC
Barbarian F.C.
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National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
19671968 Wales 6 (0)

Gwilym Thomas Mainwaring, known as Billy Mainwaring, (24 January 1941 3 April 2019 [1] ) was a Welsh international [2] second row rugby union player who played for Aberavon RFC. [3]

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He captained Aberavon RFC in the 1969-70 and 1970-1 seasons playing on until the club's centenary season of 1976-7.

During his career he formed a formidable club second row partnership firstly with Max Wiltshire and later with Allan Martin, both fellow internationals.

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After retirement he became a selector at Aberavon RFC. His mother, Mrs Evelyn Mainwaring, who died in 2004, was a vociferous supporter of Aberavon; her "often deafening" words of advice and humour (delivered from the stand) made her popular throughout the rugby fraternity in Wales. On one occasion, when her son got into a fracas with Gareth Edwards, she shouted: "Put him down, Billy, he's playing for Wales on Saturday!" [4]

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References

  1. "Obituary: Wizards legend Mainwaring passes away". Welsh Rugby Union | Wales & Regions. 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. "Billy Mainwaring". Scrum. ESPN . Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  3. "Rugby in Aberavon". Rugby in Wales. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  4. "Final farewell to Mrs Mainwaring". WalesOnline. 14 September 2004. Retrieved 9 April 2019.