Tom Rees (rugby player born 1913)

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Tom Rees
Birth name Thomas James Rees [1]
Date of birth(1913-05-08)8 May 1913
Place of birth Fleur-de-Lys, Caerphilly Wales
Date of death 19 February 1991(1991-02-19) (aged 77)
Place of death Fleur-de-Lys, Caerphilly, Wales
School Fleur de Lys Council School
Occupation(s) miner
police officer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
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1934-1939
Ebbw Vale RFC
Newport RFC
Abertillery RFC
Cross Keys RFC
Pontypool RFC
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National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1935-1937 Flag of Wales 2.svg Wales [2] 8 (0)

Thomas Rees (8 May 1913 – 19 February 1991) [3] was a Welsh international rugby union prop who played club rugby for Newport RFC. He was a member of the winning Welsh team who beat the 1935 touring All Blacks.

Wales Country in northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world 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 on each try line.

Newport RFC Welsh rugby club

Newport Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union club based in the city of Newport, South Wales. They presently play in the Welsh Premier Division. Newport RFC are based at Rodney Parade situated on the east bank of the River Usk.

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Rugby career

Rees joined Newport in 1934 after joining Newport Police Force. In 1935 he was part of the Newport team that faced the touring New Zealand team. Newport lost the game 17-5 in a game noted for its physicality in the scrum and during rucks. Rees was also chosen to represent Wales against the same touring New Zealand team, but earlier in the year had already gained his first Welsh cap when he was selected to face both Scotland and Ireland in the Home Nations Championship.

The 1935 Home Nations Championship was the thirty-first series of the rugby union Home Nations Championship. Including the previous incarnations as the Five Nations, and prior to that, the Home Nations, this was the forty-eighth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. Six matches were played between 19 January and 16 March. It was contested by England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Rees' first international match was against Scotland under the captaincy of Claude Davey. Wales won the game 10-6, mainly thanks to an impressive display from Cliff Jones. His second international, at Ravenhill in Belfast, saw Wales lose to Ireland, the eventual tournament winners. His next international game was against the New Zealand tourists in a close game which Wales won in the last few minutes. In 1936 Rees played in all three games of the Home Nations Championship which Wales won after beating Scotland and Ireland and drawing with England. Rees played in the first two games of the 1937 Championship, with his final game being against Scotland at St Helens.

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In 1938 Rees was approached to play for the British Lions in their 1938 tour of South Africa, but turned them down for financial reasons. [4]

British and Irish Lions rugby union team

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The 1938 British Isles tour to South Africa was the fourteenth tour by a British Isles team and the sixth to South Africa. The tour is retrospectively classed as one of the British Lions tours, as the Lions naming convention was not adopted until 1950.

International games played

Wales [5]

England national rugby union team sportsteam in rugby union

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Ireland national rugby union team sports team

The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. They are ranked second in the world by World Rugby as of 19 November 2018. The team competes annually in the current Six Nations Championship, which they have won fourteen times outright and shared nine times in its various formats. The team also competes every four years in the Rugby World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final stage in all but two competitions. Ireland is also one of the four unions that make up the British and Irish Lions – players eligible to play for Ireland are also eligible for the Lions.

New Zealand national rugby union team mens rugby union team of New Zealand

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References

  1. Newport RFC player profiles
  2. WRU player profiles
  3. Thomas Rees player profile Scrum.com
  4. Jenkins, John M.; et al. (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Rugby Players. Wrexham: Bridge Books. p. 137. ISBN   1-872424-10-4.
  5. Smith (1980), p. 471.