Kel Coslett

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Kel Coslett
Personal information
Full nameThomas Kelvin Coslett
Born (1942-01-24) 24 January 1942 (age 79)
Bynea, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Playing information
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight14 st 11 lb (94 kg)
Rugby union
Position Full-back
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1961–62 Aberavon
19??–?? Llanelli
Total00000
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1962 Wales 33
Rugby league
Position Fullback, Prop, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1962–76 St. Helens 519+1249163903413
1976–79 Rochdale Hornets 47+2338186
Total58052167713499
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1963–75 Wales 1218019
1974 Other Nationalities 10204
1975 Wales tour games 4110023
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
197679 Rochdale Hornets
197980 Wigan
198082 St. Helens
Total0000
Representative
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
197881 Wales 50050
Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Thomas Kelvin Coslett (born 14 January 1942 (age 79) [5] ) is a Welsh former dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s, [3] and coached rugby league in the 1970s and 1980s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales, and at club level for Aberavon RFC and Llanelli RFC, as a goal-kicking full-back, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales and Other Nationalities, and at club level for St. Helens (captain), and Rochdale Hornets, [3] [6] [7] as a toe-end kicking style (rather than round the corner kicking style) goal-kicking fullback , prop , second-row, or loose forward, i.e. number 1, 8 or 10, 11 or 12, or 13, and coached at club level for Rochdale Hornets, Wigan and St. Helens. [4]

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Background

Coslett was born in Bynea, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Rugby union

Coslett made his international rugby union début for Wales as a full-back in the 1962 Five Nations Championship match against England. He also appeared that year in the Test matches against Scotland and France, before shifting to the professional rugby league code in 1962 with St. Helens.

Rugby league

Coslett played fullback, and scored 2-goals in St. Helens' 7–4 victory over Swinton in the 1962 Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 27 October 1962, he played fullback in the 15–4 victory over Swinton in the 1963 Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 26 October 1963, he played loose forward, and scored a goal in the 2–2 draw Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 7 October 1967, he played second-row in the 13–10 victory over Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire Cup Final replay at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 2 December 1967, he played loose forward and scored 6-goals in the 30–2 victory over Oldham in the 1968 Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan on Friday 25 October 1968, he played loose forward, and scored 2-goals in the 4–7 defeat by Wigan in the 1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 17 December 1968, [8] he played loose forward, and scored 2-goal in the 4–7 defeat by Leigh in the 1970 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 November 1970, he played loose forward, and scored a goal in the 5–9 defeat by Leeds in the 1970 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 15 December 1970, he played loose forward, and scored 4-goals in the 8–2 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1971 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 14 December 1971, played loose forward, was captain, scored four goals, and a drop goal, and was man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy in the 16–13 victory over Leeds in the 1972 Challenge Cup Final during the 1971–72 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1972, he played loose forward, and scored a goal in the 22–2 victory over Dewsbury in the 1975 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 16 December 1975, he played right-prop, i.e. number 10, and was captain, in the 20–5 victory over Widnes in the 1976 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1976, he played right-prop, and was captain in the 2–25 defeat by the 1975 NSWRFL season premiers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 29 June 1976. [9]

Coslett had 15 seasons at St. Helens from 1962 to 1976. He was a prolific goal-kicker landing 1,639 career goals and scoring 45 tries for the club. He started as a tough-tackling, raw-boned youngster. A broken ankle later in his career cost his blistering pace, but he remained ever a dangerous player with the ball in hand.

Records

Kel Coslett is one of less than ten Welshmen to have scored more than 2,000-points in their rugby league career [10] and as of 2015, with 3,545-points is eighth on British rugby league's "most points in a career" record list behind Neil Fox, Jim Sullivan, Kevin Sinfield, Gus Risman, John Woods, Mick Nanyn and Cyril Kellett. [11] The record for the most goals in a BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final is 4-goals, and is jointly held by; Ron Willett, Kel Coslett and Dave Hall.

Coaching career

Coslett went on to coach Wigan, Rochdale Hornets and St. Helens, and remains involved at St Helens more than 50-years after first signing.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Henry Delooze
1975-1976
Coach
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Rochdale Hornets

1976-1979
Succeeded by
Paul Longstaff
1979-1981
Preceded by
John Mantle
&
Bill Francis
1978
Coach
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Wales

1978-1981
Succeeded by
David Watkins
1982-1984
Preceded by
Vince Karalius
1976-1979
Coach
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Wigan

1979-1980
Succeeded by
George Fairbairn
1980-1981
Preceded by
Eric Ashton
1974-1980
Coach
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St Helens

1980-1982
Succeeded by
Billy Benyon
1982-1985

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