Thomas Woods (rugby)

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Thomas Woods
Personal information
Full nameThomas Woods
Born30 January 1890
Pontypool, Wales
Died?
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Forward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
Pontypool RFC
Devonport Services R.F.C.
Devonport Albion R.F.C.
Royal Navy Rugby Union
Total00000
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1920–21 England 5
Rugby league
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1921–24 Wigan 841442
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1921–23 Wales 41003
Source: [1] [2]

Thomas Woods (30 January 1890 – ?) was a Welsh-born dual-code international rugby union and rugby league footballer who played in the 1910s and 1920s. Woods was the first man to play international rugby union (RU) for England, and international rugby league (RL) for Wales.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Rugby league Full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field

Rugby league is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

England national rugby union team sportsteam in rugby union

The England national rugby union team competes in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on a total of 28 occasions, 13 times winning the Grand Slam and 25 times winning the Triple Crown, making them the most successful outright winners in the tournament's history. They are ranked fourth in the world by the International Rugby Board as of 18 March 2019. England are to date the only team from the northern hemisphere to win the Rugby World Cup, when they won the tournament back in 2003. They were also runners-up in 1991 and 2007.

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In rugby union he played for Pontypool RFC, Devonport Services R.F.C. (and/or Devonport Albion R.F.C.), and the Royal Navy as a forward, [1] and in rugby league he played at club level for Wigan, as a prop , hooker, or second-row, during the era of contested scrums. [2] [3]

Pontypool RFC sports club

Pontypool Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team based in the town of Pontypool. They play in the WRU Championship and due to the regionalisation of Welsh rugby in 2003 Pontypool RFC is now a feeder club to The Dragons regional team. Pontypool play their home matches at Pontypool Park. Their traditional home kit is Red, White and Black hooped shirt and socks with white shorts, although they did gradually shift to wearing black shorts post-2003.

Devonport Services Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union team based in Plymouth, Devon. The club was originally called United Services Devonport and had their first recorded match back in 1904. Devonport Services play their homes games at the Rectory Field and their strip and club colours are dark blue and red. They are currently competing in Tribute South West 1 West at tier 6 of the English rugby union league system following their promotion from Tribute Western Counties West via the play-offs.

Plymouth Albion R.F.C. rugby union club who play in Plymouth, England

Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club who play in Plymouth, England. The present club was founded in 1920 from a merger between Plymouth RFC and Devonport Albion RFC. Since 2003 they have played their home games at The Brickfields stadium. Albion's traditional strip and club colours are white, strawberry and green.

Playing career

International honours

Thomas Woods won 5 caps for England (RU) in 1920–1921, and won 4 caps for Wales (RL) in 1921–1923 while at Wigan. [2]

Wales national rugby league team sports team that represents Wales

The Wales national rugby league team represents Wales in international rugby league football matches. Currently the team is ranked ninth in the RLIF World Rankings. The team was run under the auspices of the Rugby Football League, but an independent body, Wales Rugby League, now runs the team from Cardiff. Three Welsh players have been entered into the Rugby League Hall Of Fame.

Championship Final appearances

Thomas Woods played loose forward in Wigan's 13-2 victory over Oldham in the Championship Final during the 1921–22 season at The Cliff, Broughton on Saturday 6 May 1922. [4]

Wigan Warriors English rugby league club

The Wigan Warriors are a professional rugby league club in Wigan, England, who compete in the Super League, and are the current/defending Champions. They are the current Super League Champions and are the most successful club Rugby League team in the world.

Oldham R.L.F.C.

Oldham R.L.F.C., also known as the Roughyeds, is a professional rugby league club in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. The club currently competes in the Betfred League 1, the third tier of British Rugby League.

The 1921–22 Northern Rugby Football Union season was the 27th season of rugby league football.

County Cup Final appearances

Thomas Woods played hooker in Wigan's 20–2 victory over Leigh in the 1922–23 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1922–23 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 25 November 1922. [5]

Hooker (rugby league)

Hooker is one of the positions in a rugby league football team. Usually wearing jersey number 9, the hooker is one of the team's forwards. During scrums the hooker plays in the front row, and the position's name comes from their role of 'hooking' or 'raking' the ball back with the foot. For this reason the hooker is sometimes referred to as the rake.

Leigh Centurions

The Leigh Centurions are a professional rugby league club in Leigh, Greater Manchester, England, who compete in the Championship.

The 1922–23 Lancashire Cup was the fifteenth staging of this regional rugby league competition. The trophy was won again by Wigan who beat local rivals Leigh in the final at The Willows, Salford, by a score of 20-2. The attendance at the final was 15,000 and receipts £1,200.

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