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WELSH RUGBY MAGAZINE

  

  Welsh Rugby ran from January 1961 to Summer of 1983. Originally published as 'Rugger Sport' the magazine changed it's name in the mid 1960s to Welsh Rugby. The last issue was a '1983 Lions Special Edition' The magazine builds into an archive of Welsh rugby in it's most exciting era, from the introduction of a national coach in the mid sixties to the golden era of the 1970s. There is also very good coverage of British Lions tours. 

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1961  -  1962  -  1963  -  1964  -  1965  -  1966  -  1967  -  1968  -  1969  -  1970  -  1971  -  1972  -  1973  -  1974  -  1975  -  1976  -  1977  -  1978  -  1979  -  1980  -  1981  -  1982  -  1983

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1961-3

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*** 1st EDITION ***

January 1961 - Front cover photo an foreword by Cliff Morgan, Editorial by Stuart Weaving (editor), brief history of Cardiff & District Schools Rugby Union, Glamorgan Wanderers on tour in France - Eric Evans on the laws - IG Arnold on fitness for rugby - article by Jack Matthews on 'present day rugby' - Rugby Coaching in Wales by J Westlake-Hill, short reports on current affairs by the secretaries of Pontypool Utd, St David's College, Lampeter,  Abertillery, University College Wales & Bridgend

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February 1961 - Foreword by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff - Wales v England photos, Wales team photo v Scotland - report & photos from the Glamorgan Wandrerers Annual Hop, regular articles on coaching, fitness for rugby & refereeing, focus on Pontypridd RFC including team photo - front cover photo and 2 page article on athletics in Wales by Jim Alford - short reports on current affairs by the secretaries of Beddau, Bonymaen, Glais, Glynneath, Llandaff, Lantwit Major, Llangwm, Llanharan, london Welsh, Newport HSOB, Taffs Well & Treorchy. Photo of Tom Arthur (Neath) Junior weightlifting 

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March 1961 - Photo of Ireland team (v England 1961) - Jack Matthews becomes a JP - Kenfig Hill introduce kilts to Wales- news from London Welsh. David Morgan looks back at the 1960-1 Springbok tour - Westlake Hil on coaching - Treorchy's new club house - focus on Llanelli RFC with team photo. Interesting article on the development of contact lenses and rugby - Youth Rugby in Wales by Barnard Osborne. Arnold on stamina training for rugby - photos from Wales v Scotland - short reports on current affairs by the secretaries of Llantwit Fardre, Glynneath, Deri, Pontyclun, St Albans, Chepstow, BP Llandarcy, Old Westmonians - photo of Llantwit Major RFC 

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6th Edition - December 1961- Christmas issue - first publication of a Green cartoon in Rugger Sport / Welsh Rugby, photos from the 2nd Welsh trial at Bridgend - focus on the City Inn, Llansannor, article on rugby playing policemen - focus on Newport RFC including front cover photo of Bryn Meredith - Risca RFC club house - short reports on current affairs by the secretaries of Guest Keen Sports Club - Bedwas + photo - Senghenydd + photo - Llandudno - Penygroes + photo - Blaina - Spencer Works - Treherbert + photo - Girling RFC + photo - Cwmgorse - Hendy 

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7th Edition - January 1962 – Stop! – Men at Work - profiles and photographs of the Welsh team in their daily jobs, referees’ notes by TG Cadwalladr, BBC Sportslink, youth rugby, The Model Inn Cardiff, more pleasure…more prestige, focus on Bridgend RFC, spiralling or corkscrewing?, rugby and the Army, focus on Cwmgwrach RFC, rugby by gaslight, secretary’s reports.

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9th Edition - approx October 1962 - Focus on Nelson RFC clubhouse by Terry Lloyd  - problems facing Welsh selectors in fielding an under 23 side with caricatures of Robert Morgan, Bob Prosser, Alan Thomas & Ken Jones & David Watkins. The Rex Richards story, High Diver, Rugby International, Film Star, Television Personality, Opera Singer and Philanthropist, the story of one of Newport's most famous sons. Neath v Glamorgan County teams & action photos, Onllwyn Brace on rugby in the west - letter from Penclawdd, Wilf Wooller on 1962 rugby, centre spread team photo of Neath RFC - Focus on Neath RFC, Welsh Youth photo, photos from the Canadians in Exeter, well illustrated throughout by Gren   

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1964

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Volume 4 No 2 approx November 1963 – focus on Beddau RFC, New Zealand Tour to the British Isles by Wilf Wooller with photos, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Swansea RFC including a double page team photo and other photos, a French lesson by Bernard Osborne, Crawshay Trophy (District) matches, review of the clubs.

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Volume 4 No 4 approx March/April 1964 – action photos from Wales in the Five Nations plus Barbarians v New Zealand, review of the New Zealand tour by Wilf Wooller, focus on Llantwit Major RFC, Pontypool United, Fiji tour fixtures, focus on Newbridge RFC including a double page team photo and other photos, club records, South Africa tour – for the South African Rugby Board’s 75th anniversary, top scoring clubs table, top scoring players table, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, review of the clubs by David H Morgan.

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01-mgwa-wr-1964-10.jpg (105373 bytes) October 1964 – FIJI IN WALES – meet the Fijians – pen pictures of the tourists, youth rugby news by Bernard Osborne, re-living the South African tour, focus on Bridgend RFC – champions, the new laws by Sid John (Secretary of Welsh Society of Referees), rugby football in Hong Kong with the South Wales Borderers, Risca RFC double, WRU AGM, rugby’s timid bid to be a world game by Alex Potter (the well-known commentator on the game in France), Welsh rugby tit-bits, rugby internationals help out Disabled Drivers’ Association, Swansea RFC floodlights..

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 December 1964 - Article titled "The Glamorgan Silver Ball Competition" - Fred Croster article titled "The Line Out, Mix it Up" - article on the start of the rugby career of Gareth Thomas, Welsh Youth, Neath & Llanelli - Article on Maesteg RFC including photos - "Special Travel Arrangements for Rugby Matches in Paris and Edinburgh" - 3 page article titled "Rugby in the United States" - 5 page article on the Old Penarthians RFC and their new £10,000 club house, Focus on Fishguard & Goodwick RFC - December fixtures.

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January 1965 - January Fixtures - 2 page article Malcolm Lewis chooses "The Best Team of Post-War Players" - profile of Terry Price - Malcolm Lewis & Wilf Woooller on who will be selected for Wales against England - Viv Jones, Llandaff North RFC wins Castella Award - Photos and report from Welsh Trial - "Glynneath RFC" 4 page article with a focus on the Glyn-Neath team - 4 page article "Pleasure, Prestige and Relax" on smoking a good cigar - 4 page article "Cold Out Warm in" short reports on current affairs by the secretaries of Beddau, Bridgend Sports & Blackwood + team photo

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April 1965 – TRIPLE CROWN SPECIAL – France v Wales supporters’ trip, history of the Triple Crown, photo of the Welsh “Big Five”, profiles and photographs of some of the Welsh team in their daily jobs, various action photos including from the Triple Crown-winning games, a double page “colour” photo of the Welsh team, focus on Pontycymmer RFC, Welsh Rugger Sportsmen’s Club notes, Alcwyn Jones wins Castella Award, referees’ notes by AD (Fred Croster), review of Wales’ Triple Crown by Wilf Wooller, list of fixtures for April and May, Itinerary of the British Lions tour to Australia, Bridgend Sports RFC presentation, the new Floodlight Alliance competition, Maesteg Youth.

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1966

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January 1966 – Welsh Rugby - Ebbw Vale history, Steel Comapany of Wales, Port Talbot RFC (now Tata Steel) history, Wilf Wooller on the Varsity match & Barbarians, 2nd Welsh Trial at Neath 11/12/65 photos. Fred Coster on the laws, Glamorgan Police focus, Dewi Bebb profile, Castella Award to Arthur Davies, Machen RFC

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May 1966 – profile of Alun Pask of Loughborough College, Abertillery, Wales and British Lions, The season in Fiji – extracts from the Fiji Rugby Union annual report, photo of Aberavon Quins RFC, British Lions touring party, focus on Pontardulais RFC, review of the international season by Wilf Wooller, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, Wales v France in pictures, focus on Merthyr RFC, the boys up north, round the clubs with Tony Lewis, photo of Glynneath RFC 1966, focus on Cilfynydd RFC, focus on Newport Saracens RFC.

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Round-up 1966 – SPECIAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND ROUND-UP EDITION – my team of attractive players by Tony Lewis (Cambridge University & Gloucester), Carel de Wet made President of Welsh Rugger Sportsmen’s Club, focus on Girling (Cwmbran) RFC, tremendous Sevens at Cardiff by Wilf Wooller, focus on Tredegar RFC, profile of Bill Clement (WRU Secretary), Swansea Uplands RFC (clubhouse), referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, round the clubs (including a team photo of Talywain RFC), action photos from the First and Second Welsh Trials, double page photo of Welsh team – international champions 1966, action photos from England v Wales and Wales v England, team photos of Glamorgan County XV and Monmouthshire County XV, The Lions 1966 training photos, the boys up north, focus on Pembroke RFC, Sevens results including many team photos, list of hotels where the Lions stayed in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, focus on BP Llandarcy RFC. 

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October 1966 – sports forums for charity, history of the Welsh Schools Rugby Union, Jack Goode (Rhymney RFC) wins Castella Award for services to rugby, round the clubs, focus on Neath RFC, a layman’s look at the laws of the game, profile of Cliff Prosser (WRU President), round the world of rugby by Stuart Weaving, fixtures for October, focus on Haverfordwest RFC by Brian Were.

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December 1966 - action photos of Swansea's win and Newport's draw against Australia, focus on Pontypool RFC, profile of Cliff Jones (Chairman of the Welsh Selectors) by Tony Lewis, referees notes by AD (Fred) Croster, Richard Lody (Secretary, Aberavon Harlequins RFC) receives Castella Award, Rugby on the National Health by Wilfred Wooller, team and action photos of Cardiff's victory over Australia, the handling code in the western hemisphere by DT Davies (Chairman, Llandovery RFC), strength of schools rugby, a new force in Welsh rugby - Welsh College of Advanced Technology, the boys up north - rugby league, focus on Llantwit Fardre RFC, club round-up by Tony Lewis and December fixtures.

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1967

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February 1967 – Welsh trial at Swansea 21 January 1967, Senghenydd top of Mid District Championship table, Rugger Sportsmen’s Club news, Welsh Schools trial teams, Blaenavon RFC’s captains’ board, Llandovery College RFC, IB keep Japan in the dark, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, the rugby scene with Wilf Wooller, club round-up by Tony Lewis, profile of Keith Rowlands captain of Cardiff RFC, Wales, Barbarians and British Lions, Welsh Schoolboys, focus on GKN (Cwmbran) RFC, fixtures for February, Cardiff Athletic leads the way in the Silver Ball table.

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April 1967 – The Ivor David Story by Tony Lewis, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, Welsh National Sevens Group “A” draw, Castella Award winner Mel Jones (founder of Porthcawl Youth), Rugger Sportsmen’s Club news, youth rugby, focus on Cardigan RFC, over the bridge – a look at rugby in the Bristol area, focus on Porthcawl RFC, club round-up with Tony Lewis, Welsh Schools’ notes, Silver Ball final table – won by Cardiff Athletic, growth of rugby in Aberystwyth and North Cardiganshire by D Gareth Evans, Roger Addison Fund (former Pontypool RFC prop who was completely paralysed following a collapsed scrum in November 1966).

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June 1967 – club round-up in the east by David Morgan, club round-up in the west, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Builth Wells RFC, Welsh schools’ round-up, Welsh youth notes, Welsh National Sevens at Talbot Athletic Ground 6 May 1967, Bridgend RFC 16th Annual Sevens, focus on Mumbles RFC, Bryncoch RFC, Old Boys’ Sevens at Penarth, Rugger Sportsmen’s Club news, focus on Carmarthen Quins RFC. 

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August 1967 – third coaching conference by Stuart Weaving, round and about, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, Senghenydd RFC, tactical and attacking rugby by Izak van Heerden, Welsh Schools AGM, Aberavon Green Stars RFC, profile of Ray Williams (Wales Organiser of Rugby Coaching) by Fred Croster, World tour by Petersham RFC (Sydney), focus on Llandaff RFC, The Afan Lido, Welsh Youth AGM, focus on Pontyclun RFC.

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September 1967 – Cwmcarn United RFC, Rumney RFC, Bryncoch RFC, focus on Blaenavon RFC, rugby in Japan, Pontyclun RFC, focus on Pyle RFC, Jones scores again – a day to remember in Burry Port, Wills Sports Forums 1967, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, profile of Glyn Morgan (WRU President) by Fred Croster, profile of David Nash – the youngest ever WRU selector?, Canada shape national fifteen by Jeff Jones, list of international and tour fixtures, focus on Skewen RFC, bright prospect in Welsh rugby – Wayne Lewis, Risca RFC, rugby frontiers ripe for club visits by Jeff Jones, Welsh Rugger Sportsmen’s Club news, letters to the editor, September fixtures. 

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October 1967 – rugby controversy in Wales by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), focus on Bargoed RFC, Cardiff & District Youth presentation evening, Llanishen RFC, the new rugby season by Wilf Wooller, West Wales round-up by Bill Heard, focus on Amman United RFC, Welsh youth notes, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, profile of Cliff Davies by Danny Davies (Past WRU President), profile of Alun Thomas (Chairman of the “Big Five” by Fred Croster, photo of the first Welsh international XV (v England at Blackheath in 1881), Five Nations tournament possible at school level, Bernard Osborne receives Castella Award for services to youth rugby, presentation evening at Pontyclun RFC, focus on Garndiffaith RFC, the return of Gary Prothero, RT (Rhys) Gabe obituary, photo of the New Zealand touring squad, focus on Tonna RFC, East Wales round-up by Arnold Roberts. 

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November 1967 – Brian Lochore’s Sixth All Blacks by Wilf Wooller, Welsh trial match at Aberavon 21 October 1967, Bill Weaver (Garndiffaith RFC) receives Castella Award for services to rugby, profile of Kenneth Jeffrey Jones by Fred Croster, Bedwas RFC, it is high time…bronco billies! by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, meet the All Blacks – profiles of the tourists plus photos of New Zealand’s game with North of England, East Wales round-up by Arnold Roberts, West Wales round-up by Bill Heard, round the Amman, Dulais and Swansea Valleys with TG (Caddy) Cadwalladr, focus on Ystradgynlais RFC, Skewen RFC open club with a banquet buffet, youth notes, Welsh schools’ notes, touring South Africa with the Lions, Ammanford RFC reward two stalwarts.

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1968

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February 1968 – photo of Wales team v England 1968, Wales v Scotland 1968 – teams line-up, action photos of Final Welsh Trial and England v Wales, focus on Crynant RFC, Welsh Youth notes, Welsh Schools’ notes, the wandering Wallabies, profile of Gwynne Walters (international referee), focus on Llandovery RFC, selecting the perfect Welsh XV, West Wales round-up by Bill Heard, Monmouthshire round-up by Terry Whent, Silver Ball championship table, New Tredegar Youth, Ireland v Wales – period and day excursions, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, the finest in the world for Wales, focus on Tredegar Ironsides RFC, Bedwas RFC, schoolboys in prominence – Allan Lewis (Amman Valley Grammar School) and John Evans (Ammanford Secondary School).

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March 1968 – photos of Wales v Scotland, Glynne D Lewis (Secretary of Ogmore Vale RFC) wins Castella Award for services to rugby, RTB XV v Welsh Brigade XV in aid of the family of Mike Lawson who died on Boxing Day whilst playing for St Joseph’s RFC, focus on Barry RFC, Welsh youth notes, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, schools presentation at Newport, the Gospel according to St Luke’s by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), City of Cardiff Training College Rugby Club by Fred Croster, West Wales round-up by Bill Heard, the bigger guns (first class clubs), focus on Swansea Police RFC, profile of Gareth Edwards – Wales’ youngest captain ever by Fred Croster, Monmouthshire round-up by Terry Whent, Welsh schools’ notes, The workers and players of Llandybie RFC.

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May 1968 – there’s gold in them thar hills! by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Welsh team and action photos from Wales v France match, focus on Llandaff North RFC, profile of Lloyd Williams (Cardiff & Wales) of the great Williams family, focus on Kidwelly RFC, Clubs and Licensed Trade Exhibition 1968, referees’ note by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Newbridge RFC, Welsh Schools notes, Snelling Sevens by Graham Evans, Welsh Youth notes.

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June 1968 – rugby in Argentina by HE Mackern, Ystradgynlais RFC, a team that would beat the world by Dave Phillips, the approach by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), profile of Dewi Griffiths by Stuart Weaving, focus on Penarth RFC, referees’ notes by AD (Fred) Croster, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, happiness is egg-shaped…like a rugby ball by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), western round-up, focus on Bynea RFC, Welsh schools’ notes, Welsh youth notes, the sevens scene – various sevens tournaments by Fred Croster report from the bigger guns (first class clubs).

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July 1968 – toothless Lions frighten nobody by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), western round-up, from the premier clubs, focus on Maesteg Celtic RFC, around the Pembrokeshire clubs, no small beer at the Brewery Field by Gary Owen, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, youth gossip, Tony Lewis – profile of a master of arts of cricket, rugby football and music by Fred Croster, as ye sow, so shall ye reap by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), focus on Whitland RFC, schools’ notes, a bit of all sorts, training for rugby football by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), a summer kick for rugger men – Mumbles Yacht Club, Mumbles Water Ski Club by Clive Jenkins, Rugger Sportsmen’s Club news. 

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August 1968 – focus on Kenfig Hill RFC, unit skills by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), focus on Dr Jack Matthews of Cardiff, Wales and British Lions by Fred Croster, in full swing – Rugby International Golf Society, youth notes, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Whiteheads lead the field in sport, western round-up, schools’ notes, focus on Pontyberem RFC by TG (Caddy) Cadwalladr, from the premier clubs, around the Pembrokeshire clubs, Cross Keys United RFC annual dinner photos, Swansea Baths.

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October 1968 – WALES TO ARGENTINA 1968 - TOUR EXCLUSIVE – team and action photos with a tour update from Argentina, the truth in black and white – Apartheid in sport by Stuart Weaving, focus on Neath Athletic RFC, rugby quiz by GWA Jones, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, western round-up by TG (Caddy) Cadwalladr, focus on Blaenavon RFC – 75 years young by Fred Croster, focus on Tycroes RFC, from the premier clubs, around the Pembrokeshire clubs, schools’ notes, unit skills by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), youth gossip, 

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November 1968 – the biggest thrashing of all time…if we do not abandon this amateur approach by Stuart Weaving, action photos from the Argentina tour, this cup would have us saucer-eyed by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), free togs for all – your share of £42,000, focus on Bridgend RFC, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, from the premier clubs, Castella Award for Evan D Williams (Chairman of Vardre RFC), schools’ notes, profile of Bryn Meredith (Newport, Wales & British Lions), referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, western round-up by TG (Caddy) Cadwalladr, Crawshay Tour, focus on Trebanos RFC, modern pilgrims. 

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December 1968 – it’s about time too! says Stuart Weaving, where are they now – former Pontypool & Wales full back Gwyn Bayliss discovers Welsh exile players, Welshmen light and dark by Tony Lewis (Daily Telegraph), East Wales notes by Arnold Roberts, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, focus on Milford Haven RFC, profile of Clem Thomas (Swansea, Cambridge University, Wales, Barbarians & British Lions), western round-up by T Graham Cadwalladr, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Caerleon College of Education RFC (formerly Caerleon Training College), WRU Conference for club trainers, youth gossip, focus on Brynmawr RFC, schools’ notes.

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February 1969 – Hong Kong to Aden – the Borderers keep Welsh rugby flag flying, trip of a lifetime – Wales supporters trip to New Zealand, the Yanks are coming by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), East Glamorgan jottings by Arnold Roberts, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, Tributes to J Lot Thorn (Penarth RFC) and WJ (Bill) Adams (Tumble RFC), Arthur Powell (Chairman of Bonymaen RFC) wins Castella Award for services to rugby, outlook is not All Black says Rhys Williams (Cwmllynfell, Llanelli, Wales & British Lions), the WRU debenture scheme, profile of Brian Price (Newport, Wales & British Lions), focus on Pontardulais RFC, youth gossip, all-conquering Maesteg Youth RFC, schools’ notes. 

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07-mgwa-wr-1969-03.jpg (123026 bytes) March 1969 – the cockerel lays an egg! by Henri Garcia (L’Equipe, Paris), “new faces…same image” says Derek Robinson (Fiji Secretary, in candid assessment from ‘Down Under’ of the New Zealand All Blacks), focus on Treorchy RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, profile of Grahame Hodgson (Neath & Wales), 75,000 Welshmen can’t be wrong – WRU Debenture Scheme, focus on Taibach RFC, East Glamorgan jottings by Arnold Roberts, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, Wales dominates Army Rugby Cup, schools’ notes, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, youth gossip including a team photo of Treherbert Youth 1967-68. 

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08-mgwa-wr-1969-04.jpg (115259 bytes) April 1969 – England well prepared to meet the kelts by Terry O’Connor (Rugby Correspondent, Daily Mail), Alun Pask, famous Welsh skipper, assesses the All Blacks and believes “Wales have an equal chance”, Wales in Fiji by Derek Robinson (Secretary Fiji Rugby Union), focus on Senghenydd RFC, Crawshay Annual Dinner, the greatest of all time by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Wales v Ireland team and action photos, end of a glorious era with the Welch Regiment by RSM Mattie O’Neill, focus on Blackwood RFC, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, youth gossip, schools’ notes including photo of Wales Under 15 team v South of Scotland, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, line-out – letters to the editor.

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May 1969 – marvellous tour in prospect says Ken Jones (Newport, Wales & British Lion), focus on Abertillery RFC, no passing the buck – Castella pays a tribute to a great rugby man Thomas Udy Buckthought by DR Owen, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, East Glamorgan gossip by DR Owen, photos of the Triple Crown victory over England, profile of JPR Williams by Fred Croster, schools’ notes, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, focus on Llandeilo RFC by TG Calwalladr, youth gossip, line-out – readers’ letters.

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09-mgwa-wr-1969-06.jpg (117696 bytes) June 1969 – from the premier clubs – Newport worthy champions – by Graham Evans, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, Ivor Woodman (Secretary of Bishopston RFC) receives Castella Award, Mid Glamorgan topics, Triple Crown in Investiture Year – Welsh rugby’s own tribute to The Prince of Wales whose emblem they proudly wear – team and action photos as well at team listings, match reports and statistics from the Five Nations, rugby’s Crowning glory…the history of the Triple Crown, The Big V behind the Big XV – profiles of the Welsh selectors, Welsh players and “back room boys”, East Glamorgan gossip by DR Owen, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Betws RFC, Ammanford Trotting Stadium, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, photo of Allan Lewis (Welsh Secondary Schools) receiving a portrait of himself by Hermas Evans (WRU & IB member) on behalf of Ammanford RFC.

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July 1969 – western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, youth gossip, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Gorseinon RFC by TG Cadwalladr, seven-a-side rugby review 1969, French cocktail – a sevens speciale, schools’ notes, focus on Machen RFC, East Glamorgan gossip by DR Owen, line-out – readers’ letters.

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August 1969 – review of the New Zealand tour by Tudor James (Sunday Mirror), from the premier clubs – captains all by Graham Evans, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, East Glamorgan gossip by DR Owen, focus on Cowbridge RFC, around the Pembrokeshire clubs, profile of David Lloyd Evans (Glamorgan Cricket) by Fred Croster, around Mid Glamorgan, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, youth gossip, schools’ notes, focus on Penclawdd RFC, line-out – readers’ letters.

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September 1969 – focus on Monmouth RFC, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, profile of VC “Viv” Phelps (WRU President), focus on Narberth RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, schools’ notes, focus on Nelson RFC, youth gossip, line-out – readers’ letters.

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October 1969 – profile of Glyn Davies by DR Owen, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on St David’s RFC by AH Phillips, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, youth gossip, to beat the Springboks it’s going to take…blood, sweat and tears by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), a new police squad on the beat – South Wales Police RFC, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, focus on Llangennech RFC, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, East Glamorgan gossip by DR Owen, schools’ notes, major fixtures for season 1969-70, line-out – readers’ letters.

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November 1969 – Keith Jarrett in conversation with Tony Lewis, Welsh Academicals RFC by DR Owen, how good are the Springboks by Sam Mirwis (a leading South African critic), from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, profile of John Dawes (London Welsh & Wales) by Fred Croster, focus on Cardigan RFC, have we learned All Blacks lesson?...asks Michael Boon (Welsh Columnist, Sunday Express), Crawshay’s XV on 38th tour, clubs night out featuring Old Cantonians RFC, Cathays HSOB RFC, Llandaff RFC, Llanishen RFC and Rumney RFC, focus on Aberaman RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Brian Kempson joins WRU, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, youth gossip, schools’ notes, line-out – readers’ letters.

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December 1969 – politicians criticise Welsh Rugby by Stuart Weaving, with you we feel at home by Leon Gouws (a leading South African Sports Journalist travelling with the Springboks), East Glamorgan gossip by DR Owen, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, focus on Carmarthen Athletic RFC, Petersham (Australia) – to return to Wales, photos of Newport and Gwent’s victories over the Springboks, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, focus on Hirwaun RFC, schools’ notes, youth gossip, photo of Maesteg Youth RFC invincible and cup winners 1968-69, Beddau entertains Paris, service profile – Sgt David Bowen of the Welsh Guards (London Counties, Surrey, Combined Services, Army and London Welsh), line-out – readers’ letters.

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January 1970 - Front cover photo - Lowless of South Africa scores against Cardiff, The editor on picking players for size rather than ability, Dave Phillips gives a run down on the best players of 1969, Profile of Morriston RFC. photos from Springbok tour, history of Cwmcarn RFC, history of Abercynon RFC plus regular features such as 'youth rugby', 'Gwent scene', 'referee's notebook', 'westernround-up' 'schools notes', 'around the Pembrokeshire clubs', 'from the premier clubs'.

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February 1970 - Front cover photo - Celebrating gareth Edwards try against the Springboks. The editor on the effects of the Springbok tour. An assessment of the Springbok tour by Stuart Weaving, Wales and Llanelli v SA photos, history of Beddau RFC. Profile of Ebbw Vale's Denzil Williams, history and profile of Dinas Powis RFC, coaching - back row forward play, 

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March 1970 - Front cover photo - Welsh team that beat Scotland on Feb 7th 1970, photo Laurie Daniel scores on his debut for Wales and other Wales v Scotland photos, history of Lampeter RFC, the wingers of Welsh clubs, JPR and the Williams family of Bridgend, profile of Onllwyn Brace 'half-back of genius', Mountain Ash 'The Old firm' history, Syd John, Llanelli referee wins Castella Award, Ray Williams on back row play. 

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April 1970 – Alun Jones (Captain of Penarth RFC) receives Castella Award, without fear of favour – an on-the-spot investigation of South African reaction to the recent Springbok tour of Britain by Stuart Weaving, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, focus on Furnace RFC, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, East Glamorgan Gossip by DR Owen, profile of Barry John(Cardiff & Wales) by Fred Croster, South East Glamorgan notes, focus on Taff’s Well RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, South African footnote, schools’ notes, youth gossip, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, line-out – readers’ letters.

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May 1970 – Castella Award for Bill Saunders (Treasurer of Monmouthshire Junior Union), profile of John Lloyd (Bridgend & Wales) by Fred Croster, focus on Maesteg RFC, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, focus on Cwmtwrch RFC, David Jones WRU “Dai Blaina” obituary, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, Basil Thomas of Glynneath – a player/referee with an unusual talent, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, South East Glamorgan notes, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, schools’ notes, youth gossip, Rugby Football Union 1871-1971 centenary events, line-out – readers letters.

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June 1970 – tug of war – Wales tops in Europe, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, at the helm - Brian Mark (Chairman of Cardiff RFC) and Islwyn Williams (Chairman of Risca RFC), focus on Pontyclun RFC, Ivor Compton (Secretary of Gilfach Goch RFC), the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, youth gossip, South East Glamorgan notes, Welsh rugby’s sevens review of season 1969-70, DE (Danny) Davies – his years of work almost ready, presentation to Cross Keys RFC in memory of Ray Lewis, Cardiff HSOB RFC, focus on Penybanc RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, Penguins RFC, focus on Llantwit Fardre RFC, schools’ notes, line-out – readers’ letters.

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July 1970 – Castella Award for Tom Lloyd (Life Member of Cwmgwrach RFC), focus on St Albans RFC, Llandaff Rowing Club, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, profile of broadcaster Alun Williams by Fred Croster, around the Pembrokeshire clubs by AH Phillips, Cardiff HSOB RFC in France, focus on Cwmgors RFC by TG Cadwalladr, schools’ notes, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Secretary of the Month – PV (Viv) Davies (Glamorgan Wanderers RFC), the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, youth gossip, obituary of John Llewellyn the former Penarth and Cardiff full back, line-out – readers’ letters.

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August 1970 – groundsmen at Beddau RFC, Tonyrefail RFC and Llantwit Fardre RFC, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, Grange Albion Sports Club, battle of the giants – an assessment of the Springboks and All Blacks series by Sam Mirwis (a leading South African critic), profile of Glamorgan cricketer Don Shepherd by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), David Pritchard (Chairman of Cwmgors RFC) and WF Smith (Chairman of Talywain RFC) receives Castella Awards, focus on Tredegar RFC, four men of the Welsh Commonwealth Games administration by Fred Croster, Penguins RFC, exiles corner – where are they now? by Gwyn Bayliss, a toast to the champions – Bridgend RFC, Idris Thomas (President of Bridgend RFC), schools’ notes, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, South East Glamorgan notes, youth gossip, the Gwent scene by Byron Denning, cocks o’ the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror) who looks back with nostalgia, Rhys Emlyn Williams (Crynant RFC), line-out – readers’ letters.

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CARDIFF ARMS PARK OPENING SPECIAL ISSUE 

September/October 1970 - Cardiff Arms Park celebration issue. An collection of historical articles relating to Welsh rugby including Cardiff Arms Park Story, photos of all WRU Presidents, history of the laws and administrators, feature on all WRU secretaries, WRU Treasurers, all this plus regular features.

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November 1970 – the great “send-off” the pros and cons of the argument of the hour by Dave Philllips and Fred Croster, referees answer back by Fred Croster, focus on Bridgend Sports RFC, rugby’s most colourful characters – how Fiji won her place in the sun by Frank Tinsley (Sports Editor, Fiji Times and Herald), referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, focus on Merthyr RFC, East Wales jottings, youth gossip, Manhattan Rugby Club, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, Alan Jones – rugby fan, focus on Porthcawl RFC, profile on John Dodd (Neath RFC), western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, schools’ notes, Mufulira RFC (Zambia) in Wales, line-out – readers’ letters.

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December 1970 – hooliganism and horseplay by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), a treasure-house of facts by the Editor, Sports Centre at Ynys Park, Aberdare by DR Owen, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, Tom Hopkins (Secretary of Ystradgynlais RFC), photos of the official opening of the new National Stadium at Cardiff Arms Park, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Penygraig RFC, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, schools’ notes, youth gossip, line-out – readers’ letters.

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January 1971 – the Keith Jarrett story by his father, focus on Llanelli Wanderers RFC, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, big trip for big Rhys Williams (Llanelli & Wales) – Rugger Sportsmen’s Club, focus on Pontardawe RFC, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, youth gossip, schools’ notes, the Gwent scene, East Glamorgan jottings, John Weslake-Hill (Chairman of Llandaff RFC) receives Castella Award, Welsh Rugby’s Junior Supporters Club, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, line-out – readers’ letters.

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February 1971 – Cliff Morgan speaks, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, focus on Cwmbran RFC, profile of Geoff Whitson (Newport & Wales), The Charitables RFC, the Keith Jarrett story by his father, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, Junior Sportsman’s Club, focus on Briton Ferry RFC, schools’ notes, youth gossip, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, the Gwent scene, East Glamorgan jottings, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, line-out – readers’ letters.

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March 1971 – Triple Crown aces – Gareth Edwards and Barry John by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), focus on Swansea Uplands RFC, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, the Keith Jarrett story by his father, youth gossip, action photos from Wales v England and Scotland v Wales, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Fiji with the Lions, East Glamorgan jottings, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Lew Watkins (President of Pencoed RFC) receives Castella Award, focus on Caerphilly RFC, the Gwent scene, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, schools’ notes, line-out – readers’ letters.

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April 1971 – profile of Denzil Williams (Ebbw Vale, Wales & Lions) by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), focus on Llantwit Major RFC, profile of Carwyn James, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, Pembrokeshire shorts, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, the Gwent scene, focus on Burry Port RFC by E Ll Williams, East Glamorgan jottings, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, star letter - a Rugby World Cup? by WHB Thomas, youth gossip, schools’ notes.

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May 1971 – SPECIAL GRAND SLAM AND LIONS EDITION - road to victory by Dave Phillips, Triple-Crowned heroes! by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), over the first hurdle…with ease! Wales 22 England 6 at Cardiff Arms Park, the tough one…Scotland 18 Wales 19 at Murrayfield, the decider! Wales 23 England 9 at Cardiff Arms Park, Grand Slam in Paris! France 5 Wales 9 at Stade Colombes – match report, teams, scorers and action photos from all four Five Nations games, the men who did it! – profiles of the Welsh players and the back-room-boys, Lions on the way- and some of the players they will battle with, Rhys Williams…best prepared Lions team, the tour itinerary, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster), the Gwent scene, East Glamorgan jottings, youth gossip, Welsh Guards again win the Army Cup, schools’ notes, Pembrokeshire shorts by Michael Samuel, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr.

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June 1971 – BRITISH LIONS TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND – what a lions tour means by Dewi Bebb, champions all – Wales win every game at senior, “B”, secondary schools, schools (under 15) and youth levels by John Billot (Western Mail), Mid Glamorgan news, focus on Laugharne RFC, Ieuan Evans – a dedicated coach, sevens – what they mean by Brian Price, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Pembrokeshire shorts, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, East Glamorgan jottings, youth gossip, focus on Cilfynydd RFC, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Morgan Jones (Chairman of Briton Ferry RFC) receives Castella Award, the Gwent scene, schools’ notes.

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July 1971 – BRITISH LIONS TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND – reflections on the Lions by Alun Pask (first of three special articles), Bridgend RFC – Champions again, international rugby by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), focus on Neath RFC, profile of England and Glamorgan cricketer Peter Walker by Fred Croster, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Snelling and District Sevens, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, Pembrokeshire shorts, Tom Anstee (Life Member of Pontyclun RFC) receives Castella Award, the Gwent scene, East Glamorgan jottings, Springboks v France by Sam Meirwin, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, youth gossip

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August 1971 – BRITISH LIONS TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND – that fatal second test penalty try – Lions in New Zealand, Welsh Rugby magazine New Zealand tour, how Lions prepared – fit, for what? by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), profile of Olympic gold medallist Lynn “The Leap” Davies by Fred Croster, focus on Swansea RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, the new WRU Challenge Cup Competition rules, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, 122 Brynamman rugby fans bound for Canada, American visitors – Boston RFC, WRU annual meeting, the Gwent scene, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, Mid Glamorgan news.

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September 1971 – BRITISH LIONS TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND – Lions supreme by Arthur Trembath (The People), the fantastic finale – the Fourth Test, scorers and results from the whole tour, how Lions prepared – fit, for what? by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser) – the second of two special articles, looking ahead by Malcolm Lewis (South Wales Echo), Wales’ Junior Champion Goal Kicker – Steve Lewis of Tumble RFC, top job for former Welsh cap David Nash, focus on Barry Police RFC, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Bill Taylor (Burry Port RFC) receives Castella Award, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, WRU National Sevens, the Gwent scene, Birmingham Welsh RFC, focus on Newport RFC, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, East Glamorgan jottings, fixtures for Canada’s short tour of Wales, Pembrokeshire shorts.

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October 1971 – Canadian Castella Award – received by George Jones (Brantford Harlequins RFC) who, after an all round sporting career in South Wales, emigrated to Canada in 1949, ambitions fulfilled by Barry John, South Africa’s interest in Lions success, Rhys Emlyn Williams (Crynant RFC), French optimism by Alex Potter from Paris, focus on Talywain RFC, Petersham (Australia) RFC’s world tour, Mid Glamorgan news, profile of David Watkins by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), premier club captains by Graham Evans, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, awards at Burry Port RFC, profile of Keith Rowlands (Cardiff, Wales & Lions), exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Llanelli Industrial Sevens, line-out – readers’ letters, obituary of Arthur Griffiths (Secretary of Neath RFC), Baglan RFC look ahead, youth gossip, schools’ notes, East Glamorgan jottings, Pembrokeshire shorts by Michael Samuel, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, the Gwent scene, The National Sevens.

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November 1971 – now we have the “spice of life” – new competitions in Welsh rugby by Ron Griffiths (South Wales Evening Post), Len Blythe (Swansea & Wales) receives Castella Award, focus on Cardiff RFC (20 pages), look north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), line-out – readers’ letters, profile of Handel Rogers (WRU), Canadian rugby by Robert B Spray (President, Canadian Rugby Union), referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster), exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, Pembrokeshire shorts by Michael Samuel, the Gwent scene, schools’ notes, youth gossip, Crawshay stars – back and front, WRU National Cup competition – results, first class rugby – first class ground by T Bruce.

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December 1971 – after the top crust – what’s left – a look at Welsh rugby by Reginald Pelling, John Mantle is tops by Tom Lyons (The Mirror), off the cuff, focus on Pontypool RFC, Peter Rees (former Chairman of Llanelli RFC) receives Castella Award, draw for the first round of the new WRU Knock-Out Cup competition, forwards in the wet! by Bryn Meredith, training and grading of referees in Wales by Fred Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, youth gossip, focus on Tylorstown RFC, the Gwent scene, Mid Glamorgan notes, Pembrokeshire shorts by Michael Samuel, East Glamorgan jottings, the late Frank “Pud” Jones (Senghenydd RFC) by Bill Boulton, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, schools’ notes.

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January 1972 – modern wing play by Dewi Bebb (Swansea, Wales & Lions and HTV sports presenter), Lions…what follows? by Jim Hill (Daily Express), off the cuff, focus on Steel Company of Wales RFC (including photos of cricket, ladies hockey, ladies tennis, table tennis, and bowls), results of the first round of the new WRU Knock-Out Cup competition, Stuart Gallacher wins free haircuts by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), referees’ notebook, Christ College Brecon by Christopher Vaughan-Johnston, South East Glamorgan notes, rugby for charity by Wyn Thomas, Welsh rugby cap (Alun Meredith) to be Royal Navy’s Sports Director, Pembrokeshire shorts by Michael Samuel, conference for club coaches, Bill Reed (Treasurer of Ynysddu RFC) receives Castella Award, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, schools’ notes, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, the Gwent scene, youth gossip.

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February 1972 – Le Galloise de Vichy by Brian Price, rugby v soccer by Malcolm Lewis (South Wales Echo), centenary season of Neath RFC, WRU Cup results of first and second rounds and the draw for the third round, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), profile of Ray “Chico” Hopkins (Maesteg, Wales & Lions), John Dawes – first, second or maybe third – Welsh captain of the Lions? by Reginald Pelling (ex Daily Mail), double page photo of the Welsh team that beat England at Twickenham, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, hosts of the year, focus on St David’s University College Lampeter RFC, from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, South East Glamorgan notes, schools’ notes, youth gossip, Mid Glamorgan news, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, the Gwent scene, Pembrokeshire short s by Michael Samuel.

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March 1972 – where do we go from here? by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), focus on Trinity College Carmarthen RFC, modern forward play and other things by Les Manfield, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster), exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, WRU Cup – results of second and third rounds and the draw for the quarter-finals, action photos of the Wales v Scotland match, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, focus on Oakdale RFC, Castella Award for Gilbert Jones (Fixture Secretary of Mumbles RFC), western round-up by TG Cadwalladr, a letter from Ontario Rugby Union, South East Glamorgan notes, Mid Glamorgan news, youth gossip, schools’ notes, the Gwent scene, Pembrokeshire shorts by Michael Samuel.

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April 1972 – courses for coaches, selectors’ overtime success by Alex Potter in Paris, focus on Ebbw Vale RFC, profile of John Bevan (Cardiff, Wales & Lions), cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), Rhys Emlyn Williams (WRU President) honoured at Crynant RFC, Tom Williams (Llandaff North RFC) honoured at Cardiff Athletic Club and receives Castella Award, profile of Roy Bergiers (Llanelli & Wales), from the premier clubs by Graham Evans, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Mid Glamorgan news, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, the Gwent scene, focus on Treherbert RFC, Pembrokeshire shorts by Michael Samuel, South East Glamorgan notes, schools’ notes, youth gossip, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr.

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May 1972 – WRU courses, skilful rugby TV programme, WRU Cup – an assessment so far and looks ahead to the final – Llanelli v Neath, Snelling Sevens draw, London Welsh – Welsh Champions, no close-season for the spoil sports! by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), focus on South Wales Police RFC, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), profile of Arthur Lewis (Ebbw Vale, Wales & Lions), international highlights including action photos of victories over England, Scotland and France and double page photo of the Welsh team, a dream of a game by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Llanharan RFC, youth gossip, salute to the Welsh Junior Union, Pembrokeshire shorts by Michael Samuel, the Gwent scene, Ivor Edwards (former Secretary of Ynysybwl RFC and Mountain Ash RFC and former Secretary of the now defunct Glamorgan League) receives Castella Award, South East Glamorgan notes, schools’ notes, western round-up by TG Cadwalladr.

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June 1972 – NEATH WIN WRU CUP – inside the WRU by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), internationals galore, champions all by John Billot (Western Mail), “Charitables” in Washington, Neath wins inaugural WRU Cup, Snelling Sevens results, focus on Aberavon RFC, profile of Dai Morris (Neath & Wales), Llewellyn Morgan (Chairman of Abercrave RFC) receives Castella Award, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), youth gossip, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, ever so near by Graham Evans, focus on Gowerton RFC by Michael Samuel, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, schools’ notes, photo of the invincible Cardiff Schools’ rugby squad (captained by Terry Holmes), around d the clubs – Pembrokeshire, western round-up, South East Glamorgan notes, the Gwent scene, Mid Glamorgan news, Whitland RFC in Italy.

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August 1972 – fixtures for New Zealand’s tour of the British Isles, profile of Francis Coghlan – Cardiff-born and now in Canada, tour of Canada by Fred Croster, focus on St Joseph’s RFC (Cardiff), WRU AGM, strength training for rugby by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), focus on Glynneath RFC by Michael Samuel, Eifion Williams (Life Member of Cilfynydd RFC) receives Castella Award, Glamorgan County RFC AGM, around the clubs, South East Glamorgan notes, Mid Glamorgan news including draws for the Mid District Cup and WRU Cup, western round-up, major fixtures for 1972-73, draw for the National Sevens.

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September 1972 – profile of Vernon Parfitt (WRU President), WRU page, that All Black magic by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Llanelli in South Africa, focus on Narberth RFC by Michael Samuel, Willie Walters and John H Phillips (both of Felinfoel RFC) receive Castella Awards, WRU National Sevens, Snelling Sevens, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, after Canada – USA, Mid District’s 25th anniversary, Barry John presents his “Player of the Year” award to Cefneithin RFC, Crawshay celebrations, obituary of JD Lewis (Ystradgynlais RFC), exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, youth gossip, schools’ notes, South Wales Police celebrate, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, western round-up, Mid Glamorgan notes, South East Glamorgan notes, Gwent scene.

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October 1972 – NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF BRITISH ISLES 1972/3 – switch off the TV by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), WRU page, Crawshay’s 50 years by Gwyn Bayliss, focus on Newbridge RFC, Ken Peregrine (Newbridge RFC) receives Castella Award, premier clubs, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Monmouthshire County RFC, Clive Rowlands appointed coach for Canadian tour, Swansea RFC’s “Roman Holiday”, compensation for Swansea, Canadian wants to join Welsh club, focus on Pembroke RFC, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen & West Wales, Mid Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, South East Glamorgan, Gwent, Mid District, East Grinstead RFC open day, Ieuan Evans appointed Welsh Youth coach, schools’ notes, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, action photos of some of the New Zealand tourists.

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January 1973 – NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF BRITISH ISLES – referees’ views by Fred Croster, WRU page, rugby gets an All Black eye! by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Wilf Wooller and the All Blacks by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), All Blacks beat Gwent, profile of Ernie Todd (Manager of the All Blacks), focus on Carmarthen Harlequins RFC, Gilbert “Gibba” Lewis (Pembroke RFC) receives Castella Award, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen and West Wales, West Glamorgan, South east Glamorgan, Gwent, North east Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, schools’ notes, youth gossip, All Blacks visit Pontyclun, Cowbridge RFC captains’ board, Belgium in Wales, Dunedin entertains.

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February 1973 – NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF BRITISH ISLES – WRU page, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), now is the hour to say “goodbye” by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), action photos from the East Glamorgan v All Blacks match plus East Glamorgan team photo, past – present- future by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), action photos from Newport v All Blacks plus Newport team photo, Alby Harries (Abercynon RFC) receives Castella Award, referees’ notebook by AD (Freed) Croster, profile of Colin Wilson (President of the New Zealand Society of Referees), premier clubs, focus on Treorchy RFC, coaching conference, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, players on the move, schools’ notes, youth gossip, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen & West Wales, West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, North East Glamorgan, Gwent, South east Glamorgan.

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March 1973 – NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF BRITISH ISLES – WRU page, French champagne by Alex Potter in Paris, a Black epilogue by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), action photos from the Neath & Aberavon v All Blacks and Barbarians v All Blacks matches, All Blacks tour results, action photos from Wales v England and Scotland v Wales, “sin of over confidence” by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Aneurin Bevan (Llangennech RFC) receives Castella Award, Cardiff versus Toulouse, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), WRU Cup competition 1972-73 rules, Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd well established, premier clubs by Graham Evans, do-it-yourself rugby by Bryn Jenkins, focus on Tenby United RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, schools’ notes, youth gossip, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire Carmarthen & West Wales, West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, South East Glamorgan, Gwent.

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April 1973 – Cliff Morgan is the new BBC Editor for Sport (Radio), from Paris by Alex Potter, WRU page, “it’s a knock-out!” by Dave Phillips (Sunday Time and The Guardian), New Zealand viewpoint, focus on Dunvant RFC, Jack Powell (Blackwood Stars RFC) receives Castella Award, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), Leon Gouws writes from South Africa, premier clubs by Graham Evans, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, International Board resolutions passed, Wales v Ireland – match report and action photos, letters…, Dai Morris, focus on Pontyates RFC, schools’ notes, youth gossip, profile on Gerald Davies. A loyal servant to rugby – Grahame Hodgson call it a day, around the clubs – Gwent, South East Glamorgan, District “B”, North East Glamorgan, inter-club rugby quiz 1973 rules, Mid Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, West Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, profile on John Pring (New Zealand’s top referee), National Sevens – Group “A”.

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May 1973 – critical faculties lost by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), WRU page, winter of discontent by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times and The Guardian), cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), focus on Pembroke Dock Harlequins RFC, referees’ notebook, Willie Rees (Betws RFC) receives Castella Award, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Welsh Guards win Army Cup, Welsh Colleges defeat by their English counterparts, University College Bangor success at the UAU Sevens, premier clubs by Graham Evans, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire by Michael Samuel, West Carmarthenshire by Michael Samuel, West Glamorgan by TG Cadwalladr, Mid Glamorgan by Derek Davies, South East Glamorgan by Jim Parsons, Gwent by David Evans, final West Wales Championship table 1972-73 – Hendy finish on top, District “B” Championship – Newport HSOB to play Pentyrch in the play-off, tribute to David William Bidder of Waunarlwydd, law changes, youth gossip, Gwent Police beat Leicestershire & Rutland Police to win the British Police Cup, schools’ notes, funeral of Willie Llewellyn.

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June 1973 – LLANELLI RFC CENTENARY – John Billot sums up, Pontypool are the Champions by Dave Phillips *Sunday Times and The Guardian), Harry Parfitt (Cardiff Athletic, St Peter’s, Cardiff Romilly and Splott Crusaders RFCs) receives Castella Award, UWIST in France by Ron Jenkins, 100 years of glorious rugby at Llanelli by Carwyn James, centenary banquet for Llanelli RFC by Fred Croster, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Senghenydd are Mid District Cup winners, Llantrisant retain the Keith Jones Memorial Knock-Out Cup, Welsh Counties title stays in Gwent, Newport Police lift cup, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire including the final championship table, West Glamorgan, South east Glamorgan, GKN Sevens, Gwent, West Carmarthenshire, WRU District “B” Championship final – Newport HSOB beat Pentrych at Rodney Parade, Glamorgan Silver Ball final – Abercynon beat Penygraig at Senghenydd, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Stan Bowes plays at 56 years old, youth gossip, schools’ notes, Ebbw Vale’s tour offers, Elwyn Williams (Cardiff’s long serving player) says “goodbye”, John Dawes retires, official opening of Pontyates RFC clubhouse.

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July 1973 – Tudor James of “The Mirror” retires, Bryn Jones (Pontyates RFC) receives Castella Award, WRU page, Canadian inquest – “Shaw” way to impress by John BIllot (Western Mail), photo of the Welsh team and officials who swept through the Canadian Prairies, Springbok safari by Brian Jones (Newport RFC), focus on Pontypridd RFC, profile of Tommy David, Kidwelly RFC’s tour of Canada, Brigadier Glyn Hughes’ 60 years association with the Barbarians, their true intent (players retired at the end of the season just finished) by Graham Evans, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, WRU Referees’ Society AGM by Ivor Pitman, Penarth presentation, Cardigan School on tour, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, South East Glamorgan, Gwent, Spain invaded, French humour by Alex Potter in Paris.

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August 1973 – Stuart Weaving on South African rugby, there’s trouble brewing…warns Dave Phillips (Sunday Times and The Guardian), Llanelli & District Schoolboys Under 11, WRU page, focus on Llantrisant RFC, the coaching grid by Ray Williams, the pace setters – WRU AGM, draw for the WRU National Sevens, two great clubs are honoured – Pontypool and Llanelli, focus on Trinant RFC by Fred Croster, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Phil James (Life Member and Chairman of Amman United RFC) receives Castella Award, Pembroekshire and Carmarthenshire.

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September 1973 – SWANSEA RFC CENTENARY – rugby in Japan by Ray Williams, Taffy in Tokyo, Jack Clarke (Secretary of (Aberbeeg RFC) receives Castella Award, the season ahead by Malcolm Lewis (South Wales Echo), WRU National Sevens, Lions – men in charge – Alun Thomas and Syd Millar, profile of Les Spence (WRU President), focus on Swansea RFC – centenary season, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster), youth gossip, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, Gwent, schools’ notes, new District “B” rep, major fixtures for 1973-74.

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October 1973 – JAPAN TOUR IN WALES – Bridgend win National Sevens, profile on Barry Llewellyn (Newport, Llanelli & Wales), profile of Alan Duggan of Ireland by John O’Shea (Evening Press, Dublin), WRU page – WRU Cup results so far, premier clubs, referees’ notebook, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (The Mirror), Swansea – Fiji & Australia by Ron Griffiths (South Wales Evening Post), meet the Japanese – pen pictures of the tourist, Jake Morgan (former Secretary of Machen RFC, former President of Senghenydd RFC and former WRU referee) receives Castella Award, focus on Trimsaran RFC by Michael Samuel, around the clubs – West Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, South East Glamorgan, Gwent, big argument? – discussion over seeding in the WRU Cup, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss. 

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December 1973 – AUSTRALIA TOUR TO ENGLAND and WALES – Brian Price tells all, death of William Lyn Harding by Gwyn Bayliss, little tin Gods by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), World Cup hopes by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Kevin Bush (Fixture Secretary of Penarth RFC) receives Castella Award, British Lions tour of South Africa 1974 – three supporters tours to watch the Lions, Australian profiles by Fred Croster, action photos from the Wallabies games against East Wales, West Wales, Swansea and Wales, focus on Ystradgynalis RFC – 50th anniversary by Michael Samuel, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (The Mirror), draw for the Welsh Brewers’ Trophy, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, premier clubs by Graham Evans, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, West Carmarthenshire, Gwent, West Glamorgan, schools’ notes, youth notes, Rothmans Rugby Quiz Tournament. 

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January 1974 – Welsh centre problems by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Oh! “Dear” Park by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Fred Squires (former Secretary and Life Member of Neath & District Rugby Union and former WRU referee) receives Castella Award, focus on Llanishen RFC, Truman Cup competition, buried alive – but still kicking by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), British Lions tour of South Africa 1974 – three supporters tours to watch the Lions, a “special” sportsman – profile of Dave Winters by Fred Croster, can Wales catch up? by Arthur Trembath (Sunday Telegraph), obituary of Brigadier Glyn “Hughie” Hughes (President of the Barbarians) by Graham Evans, visitors from Australia – Petersham RFC, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Abercynon RFC re-elect skipper Paul Kathryns, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, direct from France by Alex Potter, the night history was made – Kenfig Hill RFC, around the clubs – Gwent, South East Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, West Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, schoolboys from overseas, Tony Goold (Beddau RFC).

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February 1974 – is line-out needed today? by Brian Price, line-out? By Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), never too early by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), focus on Bynea RFC, British Lions tour of South Africa 1974 – three supporters tours to watch the Lions, Wales v Scotland match report and action photos, Elwyn Gravelle (Life Member of Trimsaran RFC) receives Castella Award, premier clubs by Graham Evans, profile of Wales’ top referee – Meirion Joseph by Fred Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, youth notes, the late Harry Parfitt (Welsh Junior Rugby Union), referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Llanishen RFC, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (The Mirror), draw for the second round of the Welsh Youth Cup, French referees, the great Crauste by Alex Potter in Paris, Irish picture by John O’Shea in Dublin, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, West Carmarthenshire, West Glamorgan, Gwent, schools’ notes.

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March 1974 – we live on stirring times by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), WRU page – courses for referees, focus on Brynamman RFC – 75th anniversary, Wales v France match report and action photos, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), Bill Lloyd (Life Member of Abertillery RFC) receives Castella Award, champions products – profiles of Terry Cobner and Bobby Windsor (both of Pontypool RFC) by Fred Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Pontypool to play Ponsonby of New Zealand, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, conference at Rugby School, the late Ivor David, coaching missionary, schools’ notes, youth notes. Around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, West Glamorgan, Gwent, South east Glamorgan, West Carmarthenshire.

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April 1974 – South American invasion – Mendoza, Pucarax, Marista, Rosario and San Isidro all visited Wales this year, Neath go to Zambia, the dominant boot by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), tragic loss – Lloyd Lewis killed in the Paris Air Disaster, the Cup – is it worth it? by Arthur Trembath (The People), WRU page, premier clubs, the end of an era – Clive Rowlands’ reign as Welsh coach. profile of Ian Robinson (Cardiff & Wales), cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), Welsh Youth Rugby Union Silver Jubilee, welcome back Gerald Davies, Churchill Fellowships, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Bournemouth RFC, Ireland’s family affair by John O’Shea (Evening Press, Dublin), sporting memorial to Morgan Griffiths (Caerphilly), referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, UAU international – England pip Wales at Roehampton, twilight of the Gods by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), England v Wales match report and action photos, Stan Lake (Penygroes RFC) receives Castella Award, focus on Neyland RFC, Welsh Brewers’ Cup – how the semi-finalists progressed to the last four, Air Training Corps, schools’ notes, youth notes, record for St Cyres Comprehensive School in Penarth, Boys’ Clubs international, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, West Carmarthenshire, West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, Gwent, East District championship table – Cardiff HSOB early pace-setters.

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May 1974 – SWANSEA RFC CENTENARY – Lions tour by Wilf Wooler (The Telegraph), stop caning the teachers by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Snelling Sevens draw, looking ahead to the WRU Cup Final, Swansea RFC Centenary - golden days at Swansea RFC by Clem Thomas (The Observer), Ron Griffiths (Evening Post) and Brinley Matthews on Swansea RFC, Swansea RFC Centenary Banquet, Girling (Cwmbran) – first winners of the Welsh Brewers’ Cup, profile of broadcaster David Parry-Jones by Fred Croster, international with a difference, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Denzil Williams’ career ends, Rumney RFC milestone, youth notes, the Irish fluence by O’Shea (Dublin Evening Press), Albert Jenkins (Pyle RFC) receives Castella Award, Brecon RFC on tour in Germany, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Canadian Schools’ visit, French pinch-ups by Alex Potter in Paris, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, West Glamorgan, South East Glamorgan, Mid District, Gwent, West Wales.

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July 1974 – the pride of Lions by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), WRU page, rugby down under... by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), Millfield summer school, WRU increase price of international tickets, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, the masters of Sevens – Bridgend RFC, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, rugby joy by Alex Potter in Paris, rugby festival for valleys, Roy Kerton (Pontycymmer RFC) played his 800th game for the club, North Wales round-up, schools’ notes, around the clubs – Mid District, South East Glamorgan, BP Chemicals Sevens, Gwent, West Carmarthenshire, West Glamorgan, Cathays HSOB, Pembrokeshire, Dinas Powis RFC, Welsh Fire Brigades, Irish scene by John O’Shea.

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August 1974 – training by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), Welsh Brewers’ Player of the Year – Terry Cobner, Newport HSOB tour Canada, death of Welsh sports writer Mervyn Thomas, for referees, WRU AGM, Canadian exile – David Rhys Jones, Lions! Lions! Lions! by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), 150 referees attend conference, Cardiff & District Youth Rugby Union – 25 years old, focus on Gorseinon RFC by Michael Samuel, Reg Gale (Secretary of Gorseinon RFC) receives Castella Award, Tricolours “ouf” by Alex Potter in Paris, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, North Wales – including the final club championship table.

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September 1974 – TONGA IN WALES – busy “Big Five”, rugby highlights for 1974-75, Tongans in North Wales, arduous season ahead by John O’Shea, profile of Willie John McBride, World Rugby Federation? by Alex Potter, Ebbw Vale go a’roaming, Bridgend at Twickenham, vintage Lions…and some sour grapes by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), some action photos from the Lions tour, South African press views, list of Lions’ results, Frenchman create scandal in South Africa by Alex Potter, following the British Lions around… by Graham Evans, profile of Durbar Lawrie (Secretary of Bridgend RFC), schools’ jottings, youth notes, WRU going to Japan, around the clubs, how they prepared – coaching, six permits for Sunday games, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, 

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October 1974 – TONGA IN WALES – yobbos and yahoos! by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Wally Thomas (Chairman of Loughor RFC) receives Castella Award, focus on Ynysybwl RFC, the courage of Jeremy Tindall (Mountain Ash Youth), Llanelli v Tonga - teams and action photos, Eat Wales v Tonga action photos, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), Ammanford RFC’s night of awards, Dan Davies (Life Member of Ammanford RFC) receives Castella Award, focus on Cefn Cribbwr RFC, Irish scene by John O’Shea, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, West Glamorgan and Dyfed

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November 1974 – NEWPORT RFC CENTENARY – “now is the hour” by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Bryn Evans (Whitland RFC) receives Castella Award, premier clubs by Gareth Evans, 13 All Blacks return to Britain and Ireland, youth notes, guessing who? by Wilf Wooller, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, club round-up – Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, West Glamorgan, Mid District, Gwent, South East, police plans, obituary of Jim of St Joseph’s RFC (Chairman of Cardiff & District Rugby Union), international rugby by Alex Potter in Paris, Wales v Tonga – photo of Welsh team plus action photos, focus on centenary-celebrating Newport RFC by Fred Croster (16 pages), Becker’s comeback by John O’Shea (Dublin Evening Press).

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December 1974 – Jack Braun (Bridgend Sports RFC) receives Castella Award, Llanelli and Wales honour British Lions, a tireless worker – Les Morris (Secretary of Llanelli RFC’s Patrons Association), Comment – referees by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), WRU directive, fervour not favour by Billy Raybould, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, premier clubs by Gareth Evans, profile of Harry Bowcott (WRU President), around the clubs, five reasons for Triple Crown by John O’Shea (Dublin Evening Press), Schools on Canadian tour, Les Spence for Canada, Ynysybwl extra, youth news, strike over – back to normal – Cwmbran RFC, Gwent Junior Union sponsorship.

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January 1975 – talent by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), focus on Cardigan RFC, Alan Davies (Treasurer of Cardigan RFC) receives Castella Award, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), Wales XV v New Zealand – assessment of match plus Welsh team photo and action photos, profile of Jack J Jones of Cardiff (Secretary of Welsh Junior Rugby Union), North Wales jottings, youth notes, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Bridgend Sports RFC, Wales Tourist Board gain revenge over England, premier clubs by Gareth Evans, around the clubs – Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, West Glamorgan, Mid District, Gwent, South east Glamorgan, schools’ notes, UAU championship, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, District rugby.

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February 1975 – diversions by Brian Price (Newport, Wales, Barbarians & Lions), WRU page, Mid District competition, focus on Tumble RFC, premier clubs by Gareth Evans, John Llewellyn (Treasurer on Ynysybwl RFC) receives Castella Award, where is the cup? – reward offered, Snelling guests, Welsh final trial action photos, France v Wales – assessment of match plus action photos, profile of Bill HAridman (WRU Stadium Manager) by Fred Croster, focus on Llanharan RFC, around the clubs – Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, West Glamorgan, Mid District, Gwent, Mid Glamorgan, schools’ notes, youth trial line-up, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, District rugby.

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April 1975 – WRU page, what’s happening to our WRU?, profile of Mervyn Davies (London Welsh, Swansea, Wales & Lions) by Fred Croster, not a great team among them!” by Wilf Wooller, Champions! John Dawes reflects on the international season, assessments team and action photos from the Five Nations, from Stuart Weaving in South Africa, premier clubs by Gareth Evans, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Ron Lewis in Argentina, Welsh Brewers’ Cup semi-finals draw, Edgar Davies (President of Bridgnorth RFC and formerly of Clydach) receives Castella Award, O’Shea tips Murphy by John O’Shea (Dublin), around the clubs – West Glamorgan, Pembrokeshire, Gwent, West Carmarthenshire, schools’ notes, obituary of Wilf Hunt (Secretary of Ebbw Vale RFC), youth notes, East District, Taff’s Well triumph, Swansea fail in UAU semi-final, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, “Sevens Kings” - Bridgend RFC celebrate.

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May 1975 – Welsh touring party to Japan, Keith Murdoch’s welcome return to rugby by K Fraser in Australia, WRU page – introducing leagues, Ron Williams (Trainer of Blaina RFC) receives Castella Award, Briton Ferry Steel RFC – 10 years old, Maesteg Celtic Rugby Club Sporting Museum Appeal, premier clubs by Gareth Evans, cocks of the north by Tom Lyons (Daily Mirror), focus on New Dock Stars RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, Allied Breweries honour Baa Baas, Merit Table troubles, Paul Rees gains double “Blue”, Welsh Brewers’ Cup Final – photo of the presentation of the trophy to Girling (Cwmbran) and team photos of the finalists, focus on Penygraig RFC, schools’ notes, youth notes, around the clubs – Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Mid Glamorgan, South East Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, Gwent, Rhondda, East District.

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July 1975 – Jack Robins (President of British Steel Port Talbot RFC) receives Castella Award,reflection and hopes by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), Russian rugby, Tricolours and Springboks by Alex Potter in Paris, profile of Taff’s Well RFC, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Bridgend Sports RFC tour north east America, with tears and pride by Mel Davies, burn your jock straps by John O’Shea (Dublin), twins honours – Paul and John Rees of Cardiff, focus on Haverfordwest RFC, profile of John “JJ” Williams by Fred Croster, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, youth notes, schools’ notes, referees’ tour, breakthrough – Springboks to tour Britain in 1978, Boys’ Clubs of Wales.

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August 1975 – Welsh Brewers’ celebration dinner, Dai Morris retires, cocks of the north, keeping fit – a matter of attitude, focus on Lampeter Town RFC, WRU AGM, obituary of Vernon Parfitt (former WRU President), United Clubs Breweries night of awards, threat to Merthyr RFC grandstand, Crawshay and DG Griffiths Trophy winners, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, H Jolliffe Evans (Founder Treasurer of Cardiff & District Youth Rugby Union) receives Castella Award, Phil Bennett for South Africa?, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, tragic loss to sport – Hendy mourns two young talented sportsmen – Ian Thomas and Viv Jones, around the clubs – Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, West Glamorgan, success at Morganstown RFC, happy days at Bridgend Sport RFC, Kenfig Hill RFC presentation evening. Print error on contens page, reads July 1975 instead of August 1975.

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September 1975 – WRU page, diary of important fixtures, John Evans (Vice-Chairman of Dunvant RFC) receives Castella Award, dentist must find team with teeth! By John O’Shea, profile of Handel Rogers (WRU President), the spirit of attack is not there! By John Billot, is the Snelling Sevens worthwhile? By Graham Evans, Japan here we come by Mel Davies, around the clubs – West Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, West Glamorgan, rugby men should read and digest – many an argument could be avoided – the changes to the line-out laws, focus on Felinfoel RFC – centenary season, schools’ notes, “JJ” changes jobs, Llantwit Major RFC versus Council, new pavilion at Cardiff HSOB, Denzil Williams finally retires, Llandaff RFC’s centenary.

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October 1975 – AUSTRALIA TOUR IN WALES – WRU page – laws of the game 3 – number of players, national sponsorship, the coming Australians, Japanese dangers by Wilf Wooller (The Telegraph), super league masquerade by Graham Evans, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Jack Jones (Founder Member of Cathays HSOB RFC and Secretary of the Welsh Junior Union) receives Castella Award, focus on Llandovery RFC, around the clubs – Gwent, Mid District, West Carmarthenshire, West Glamorgan, Pembrokeshire, Dunvant RFC new ground open, schools’ notes, Hamlet without the Prince by John O’Shea (Dublin).

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November 1975 – AUSTRALIA TOUR IN WALES – will these Wallabies whip Wales? – profiles of the tourists, England’s bones crunched by Mel Davies, memory lane by Graham Evans, Ireland no threat this season by John O’Shea, focus on Pontypridd RFC by Fred Croster, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Waunarlwydd RFC – 75 years old, jottings from the districts – Pembrokeshire, West Glamorgan, West Carmarthenshire, Mid Glamorgan, South East Glamorgan, Gwent, Cyril Rees (Secretary of New Dock Stars RFC) receives Castella Award, schools’ notes, youth notes.

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December 1975 – AUSTRALIA TOUR IN WALES – Garrick Fay (Australia) may change fate!, Slattery slated by John O’Shea (Dublin), Wallabies in Wales – assessment and action photos from the games against Cardiff and Llanelli, minor miracle? by Malcolm Lewis (South Wales Echo), grass roots… by Mel Davies, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Tonyrefail RFC by Graham Evans, Young Player of the Month – Owen Golding (St Cyres School, Penarth and Welsh Schools Under 15), youth notes, jottings from the districts – Gwent, South east Glamorgan, Pembrokeshire, West Carmarthenshire, Mid Glamorgan.

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January 1976 – AUSTRALIA TOUR IN WALES – Les Jones (Coach of Waunarlwydd RFC) receives Castella Award, problem area by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coachinig Organiser), Wallabies back in Wales – assessment and action photos from games against Swansea, Glamorgan and Wales, French confidence by Alex Potter, duw, mun! it’s hard! – Ken Jones (Newport, Wales & Lions), Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Graham Evans (former Secretary of Penarth RFC) and Fred Croster (well respected referee) nominate outstanding post-war players in each position – this month it is the full back, motivator McLoughlin retires by John O’Shea (Dublin), youth notes, Royston Davies - captain of the highly successful Cwmtawe School rugby team, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, focus on Penygroes RFC by Michael Samuel, schools’ news.

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February 1976 – action photos from England v Wales, Young Player of the Month – Terry Holmes (St David’s RC School, Cardiff and Welsh Youth), Newtown RFC, Tommy Rees (Life Member of Tonyrefail RFC) receives Castella Award, studs? by Fred Croster, Tom Grace…the complete player by John O’Shea (Dublin), line-out skills by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Orgainser), focus on Blaina RFC, Ken Jones (Newport, Wales & Lions), Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Graham Evans (former Secretary of Penarth RFC), Fred Croster (well respected referee) and Billy Raybould (London Welsh & Wales) nominate outstanding post-war players in each position – this month it is the threequarters, focus on Furnace United RFC, schools notes, Cwmavon RFC.

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March 1976 – gorau chwarae, chwarae teg – Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd RFC by Mel Davies, Cwmavon RFC, pot pourri by Alex Potter, Alcwyn Thomas (Chairman of Hendy RFC) receives Castella Award, youth notes, Wales v Ireland – action photos, Ken Jones (Newport, Wales & Lions), Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Graham Evans (former Secretary of Penarth RFC) Fred Croster (well respected referee) and Billy Raybould (London Welsh & Wales) nominate outstanding post-war players in each position – this month it is the half backs, focus on Hendy RFC by Michael Samuel, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, schools’ notes.

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WR-Apr76.jpg (98654 bytes) April 1976 – WALES GRAND SLAM SPECIAL – “Le Grand Slam-Bang” by Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), England – a time for change! by John Reed (Sunday Express), the great con by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), WRU National Squad 1975-76 photo plus many action photos, an Irish Tribute by John O’Shea (Dublin), French respect by Alex Potter (Paris), profile of JPR Williams by Mel Davies, sobering thoughts by Graham Evans, exiles corner by Gwyn Bayliss, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Young Player of the Month – Don Ridout (Cwmbran Youth), cause for concern! – young players, around the clubs, UAU Champions – Cardiff University defeating Swansea University in the final at Twickenham, line-out – readers’ letters. 

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May 1976 – WRU Cup Final – assessment and action photos, Irish must wait and pray by John O’Shea, this sporting wife by Mrs Patience Karseras, Alan Northcote (former Fixture Secretary, former Chairman and former Secretary of Kidwelly RFC) receives Castella Award, Gourdon’s misadventure by Alex Potter, Rugby Queen – Mrs Mainwaring of Aberavon RFC by Mel Davies, rugby at “sixes and sevens”, Bryn Meredith (Newport, Wales & Lions), Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Graham Evans (former Secretary of Penarth RFC) and Fred Croster (well respected referee) nominate outstanding post-war players in each position – this month it is the front five, focus on Morriston RFC – centenary season by Michael Samuel, West Wales round-up, British Lions Tour Manager? Welshman for England – Derek Morgan (former Newbridge & England No 8) is new England selector. Young players, Taff’s Well win “Welsh Rugby” cup, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, line-out – readers’ letters, Welsh Rugby Championship – final table – Pontypridd are Champions.

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June 1976 – focus on St David’s RFC by Graham Evans, French recreations by Alex Potter (Paris), two notable characters – Mike Gibson and Phil O’Callaghan by John O’Shea, a challenge from over the border by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Bryn Meredith (Newport, Wales & Lions), Dave Phillips (Sunday Times), Graham Evans (former Secretary of Penarth RFC) and Fred Croster (well respected referee) nominate outstanding post-war players in each position – this month it is the back row and a look at the XV these “selectors” chose, a toast to welsh rugby by Mel Davies, West Wales news, gentlemen of the turf by Mel Davies, Bill Taylor (Secretary of Dinas Powis RFC) receives Castella Award, Young Player of the Month – Robert Cooksey (Rumney Youth and Wales Youth).

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July 1976 – “scarlet fever” by Graham Evans, psychology of sport by Tom Hudson, Irish recollections by John O’Shea, Cliff Davies (Chairman of Cwmavon RFC) receives Castella Award, Dai v Goliath…Round 2 – report on the WRU AGM, England’s new selectors by John Reed (Sunday Express), cup drama by Alex Potter (Paris), canny Scot and Welsh flair by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), focus on Llandeilo RFC by Michael Samuel, Welsh Brewers’ annual dinner, West Wales round-up, Young Player of the Month – Jeff Griffiths (British Steel Port Talbot RFC and Welsh Youth), inaugural West Wales Rugby Union presentation dinner.

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Special Issue 1976 – CARDIFF RFC CENTENARY – that old blue and black magic – profile of Cardiff RFC, profile of CRG “Redvers” Harris (Cardiff RFC), the Rolls-Royce of rugby – Cardiff RFC by John Reed (Sunday Express), an Irish Tribute to Cardiff RFC by John O’Shea, Cardiff Supporters’ Club gossip by Eddie John, believe it or not – Cardiff RFC statistics by CRG “Redvers” Harris, magic moments – AD (Fred) Croster recalls several great milestones in the history of Cardiff RFC, photo of Cardiff RFC captains, a tribute to Cardiff Youth by Graham Evans.

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September 1976 – All Black outlook – Graham Evans looks ahead to the Lions tour of New Zealand 1977, Barry heads a goal! – in Ireland, France face Wallabies by Alex Potter (Paris), unlucky players by Gerran Thomas, Young Player of the Month – Keith Gibson (Barry Youth and Welsh Youth), another Mike Gibson by John O’Shea (evening News, Dublin), lion-hearted Scots by Reg Prophit (Evening News, Edinburgh), referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Glyn Davies (Chairman of Ystradgynlais RFC) receives Castella Award, Jeeps in top gear by John Reed (Sunday Express), Glamorgan Wanderers Youth, obituary of David James (Llandaff RFC), focus on Fishguard & Goodwick RFC, line-out – readers’ letters.

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October 1976 – Springboks win series but approach is simply crazy! says Fred Croster in South Africa, Welsh rugby’s golden oldies by Graham Evans, profile of Hywel Thomas (WRU President), Wales…team to beat by John O’Shea, WRU news, glance at the French scene by Alex Potter, referees’ notebook by AD (Fred) Croster, Cwmgors RFC Chairman Dai Pritchard’s unique feat by R James, West Wales round-up, spotlight on youth – Llandaff Youth v Cardiff & District Youth, CIACs on crest of wave, focus on Llandybie RFC, Ivor Davies (Ammanford RFC) receives Castella Award, Jacques in the box – action from Cardiff v World XV match, line-out – readers’ letters.

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November 1976 –a show of its own – Wolverhampton Invitation XV v Crawshay’s Welsh to remember the late Gwyn Bayliss – by John Reed (Sunday Express), what next? – Graham Evans looks to the future in Welsh rugby, the funnyside – of Welsh rugby by Graham Evans, let’s scotch this rough stuff…says Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Wizards’ wise man – an interview with Aberavon RFC President Lord Heycock, Willie John speaks out by John O’Shea (Dublin), French braves on war-path by Alex Potter, Paris, round and about, tribute to the late Gwyn Williams (Penygraig RFC), Barry Youth fight back, referee and WRU news, regulations regarding amateurism, line-out – readers’ letters, memorial fund set up for the late David James (Treasurer of Llandaff RFC).

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December 1976 – extracts from WRU paper on back play by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), bewildered Scots by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh), Irish speculation by John O’Shea (Dublin). Motivation by Alex Potter in Paris, Henry Hurley (Welsh Youth Rugby Union and former Chairman of Cardiff & District Rugby Union) receives Castella Award, knights of the whistle – first of a series by Roy James, Wales B v France B action photos, signals by referees, Wizards’ Secretary by Roy James, Police Chief honoured – Chief Superintendent Gwyn Evans (Cardiff & Wales) receives Queens’ Police Medal, premier clubs, district news, schools’ notes, youth notes, focus on Ystalyfera RFC, WRU Cup second round draw, readers’ letters.

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January 1977 – England’s caps have been cheap by John Reed (Sports Editor, Sunday Express), more power warning by Wilf Wooller (The Telegraph), perfumed women in furs and fancy clothes – Gerran Thomas at Stradey Park on a Boxing Day, Scots green stars by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), principal dates and fixtures in 1977, super league at a price? by Malcolm Lewis (South Wales Echo), WRU coaching – full backs and wings, action photos from the Welsh Trial, coaching – education by Tom Hudson (Director of Physical Education, Bath University), boys up north by David Watkins, the lead-up to the Lions by Carwyn James, around the world, bad rucking cause “pile-ups” by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), Ben Jenkins (Chairman of BP Llandarcy RFC) receives Castella Award, Ireland – middle of the bunch by John O’Shea, sponsorship for rugby casualties, news flash from the clubs, Bucharest blow to French prestige by Alex Potter, Pembrokeshire.

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February 1977 – to strike or not to strike? – that is the question by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Leading the Lions by Carwyn James, London Welsh in turmoil over Bennett by John Reed (Rugby Correspondent, Sunday Express), WRU coaching – centre play by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), action photos from France v Wales and Wales v Ireland matches, Rothmans’ monthly competition, defectors’ stigma out of date says David Watkins, Irish RFU under fire by John O’Shea (Dublin Evening News), Brown must be Lions choice by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Tom Holley (Cardiff RFC) receives Castella Award, South African missionary talks to Fred Croster, L’Audance Francais by Alex Potter, around the world.

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March 1977 – ABERAVON RFC CENTENARY – coach power by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Dennis Howells (Secretary of Penclawdd RFC) receives Castella Award, brewery presents portrait of TR Mills to Llanelli RFC, England no longer a joke by John Reed (Rugby Correspondent, Sunday Express), the 1977 Lions by Carwyn James (The Guardian), what a match by Alex Potter (Paris), Welshh triumph by David Watkins, the great betrayal by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), WRU coaching – half backs by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser) action photos from Wales v England, Rothmans’ monthly competition, modern back play by Billy Raybould, IRFU not progressive by John O’Shea (Dublin Evening News), focus on Aberavon RFC – centenary season, around the world.

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April 1977 – WALES TRIPLE CROWN SPECIAL – a season to remember by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Cholley the Chopper by Alex Potter, Paris, England and the lawmakers by John Reed (Sunday Express), WRU coaching – back row play by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), double page team photo of the WRU National Squad 1976-77, Rothmans’ monthly competition, don’t cry for me Argentina by John Billot (Western Mail), action photos from the Five Nations, punch-up at the Parc des Princes by Ref Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), 16 of one and 14 of the others by Carwyn James (The Guardian), Buckley’s Brewery increases sponsorship of rugby in West Wales, Harvey Morris (Secretary of Hollybush RFC) receives Castella Award, WRU Cup semi-finals assessment and action photos, Welsh rugby honoured by Wales Tourist Board.

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May 1977 – CARDIFF RFC CENTENARY – cup final day, Harry Lloyd (Financial Secretary of Nantyffyllon RFC) receives Castella Award, Cardiff’s centenary year – many years of fun and games by JBG Thomas (Chief Rugby Writer, Western Mail), Cardiff RFC centenary banquet, Rothmans’ monthly competition, WRU coaching – lock forwards by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), those were the days by WIlf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), coaching Cardiff by John Evans, Cardiff! with pleasure by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), memories by DE “Danny” Davies (former WRU President), happy years by Les Spence (Chairman of Cardiff RFC), Cardiff RFC centenary celebrations by H Wilkins and M James, Cardiff RFC Captain Gerald speaks, Cardiff RFC Supporters’ Club by Eddie John, Cardiff Youth, more magic moments by Fred Croster, ambition achieve by Davis Watkins, the Scarlets pill it off, but only just, a supporter writes by Deirdre Lord.

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June 1977 – BRITISH LIONS TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND – Welsh Brewers sponsorship cheque, great concern by Carwyn James (The Guardian), Lions profiles, WRU coaching – front row by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), double page team photo of the British Isles Rugby Union Team 1977, Lions tour itinerary and results so far, Rothmans’ monthly competition, England satisfied by John Reed (Rugby Writer, Sunday Express), Scots in contention by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), the road to hell is paved with good intentions by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), George Workman (President of the Welsh Society of Referees) receives Castella Award, heed the warnings by John Billot (Western Mail), on tour by David Watkins, WRU HQ.

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July 1977 – BRITISH LIONS TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND – Player of the Year – Phil Bennett, trained trainer?, past and present by Wilf Wooller, rugby in South Africa, “Big 5” – no change, four Lions were sitting in the stand by Carwyn James, action photos from the Lions tour, God or idols? by Brian Turvy (BBC), Dickie Jeeps join International Board by John Reed, cup sponsorship – Schweppes, Lions’ tour itinerary and results so far, WRU coaching – fitness by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), Welsh Youth Rugby Union AGM, Rothmans’ monthly competition, Irish may have Game Development Officer by John O’Shea, looking back at the French scene by Alex Potter, focus on Llandaff RFC – centenary season, referees’ conference, focus on Mumbles RFC by Michael Samuel, WRU AGM, Trevor Howell (Secretary of Pontardawe RFC) receives Castella Award, played in English and Welsh cup finals, a challenge for artists from BP.

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August 1977 – BRITISH LIONS TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND – professional outlook but amateur status, Irvine – top full back scorer of tries by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), eyebrows raised as leagues are mentioned by John Reed (Sunday Express), IRFU organise coaching courses by John O’Shea (Dublin), Rugby League World Championship by David Watkins, action photos from New Zealand v Lions, WRU coaching – coaching analysis by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), Rothmans’ monthly competition, French semi-finals – no crowd pulling appeal by Alex Potter (Paris), 12 years ago £12 in the kitty and now a magnificent clubhouse – Birmingham Welsh RFC by Dick Williams (Midlands), Shadow Minister for Sport blasts away at foul play by Reg Prophit, focus on Penygraig RFC, WRU Conference – “Lions ‘77”, complete Lions’ tour results, South African rugby festival, Brian Woolfe (Secretary of Skewen RFC) receives Castella Award, WRU residential coaching course.

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September 1977 – BRITISH LIONS TOUR TO NEW ZEALAND – Rothmans’ monthly competition, a hole in the centre by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Lions scramble! by Carwyn James (The Guardian), exiles corner, English Lions… by John Reed (Sunday Express), Eric Williams (Llandybie RFC) receives Castella Award, success or failure by David Watkins, the new season by John BIllot (Western Mail), WRU 1977-78 law changes, Scots selectors must look to the future by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), most ineffective Selection Committee by John O;’Shea (Dublin), France’s No. 1 full back by Alex Potter (Paris), leading the band by Dick Williams (Midlands), world news, JPR shock.

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October 1977 – British Lions v Barbarians, the injury problem by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), National Stadium, Steelemn’s resolve by Denzil Williams (Ebbw Vale Press Officer), Castella Night of Sport at Penygraig RFC, pigs can fly by John Reed (Sunday Express), it is only a game? by “Dai Topic”, “Superstars” TV programmes – the International Board’s regulations concerning amateurism, the Prince of Wales visits Llanelli, sweet and light by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), would you like to tour the west coast of America?, Crynant RFC honour Rhys Emlyn Williams – over 50 years as Club Secretary, those were the days by Bryn Meredith (The Observer), Welsh Referees or God’s Chosen Few by poet Tom Bellion, Welsh Association of Sports Trainers, Peter Pythian of Colwyn Bay is now a qualified coach, Paris pot pourri by Alex Potter, North Wales impressions by Dick Williams, a little nonsense? by Gareth Evans, Blaenavon RFC centenary, the season ahead by David Watkins, Irish Apostle by John O;Shea (Dublin), Welsh Schools Rugby Union (Senior Group), “Pool” Lions – Pontypool RFC honour its British Lions, Rothmans’ monthly competition, Welsh Brewers’ Rugby Annual for Wales 1977-78, chance in a million – front rower Gwyn Davies (Cowbridge RFC and formerly of Penarth RFC) finally retires.

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November 1977 – Wilf (Wooller) taken to task by Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser), Carwyn in Italy, France on International Board, second and back rows by Brian Price, 69 year old grandmother wins Club Woman of the Year award – Louise Evans (Tonyrefial RFC), Irish mishaps by John O;Shea (Dublin), Clive Rowlands appointed Tour Manager of the Welsh tour to Australia, Basil Brush by John Reed (Sunday Express), Scottish coaching appointments, Scots are incensed by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Celtic infiltration by Dick Williams (Midlands), everything has to start somewhere by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Death to the Unbeliever by poet Tom Bellion, Roy James (Vice-Chairman of Blaenavon RFC) receives Castella Award, “Icon” Winner - Bill Dykes, Fernch campaign by Alex Potter, Welsh referees honoured – Cenydd Thmas and Corris Thomas, UWIST UAU Championship, some club news, Romanians to visit?, obituary of Welshman Vernon Owain Roberts (President of the Hong Kong Rugby Union), schools’ notes, Neath talent, who can blame them? by David Watkins, Rothmans’ Sports Special, West Wales League news, draw for the first round of the WRU Cup.

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December 1977 – honours and hopes by John BIllot (Western Mail, Australia prepares by Stuart Weaving in Sydney, some club news, lucky Taff’s Well RFC, half backs then and now by Onllwyn Brace (Head of BBC Wales Sport and former Oxford University, Wales, Barbarians, Llanelli, Aberavon and Newport scrum half), WRU Cup – news, results and action photos from the first round, headline signings by David Watkins, run and be damned by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), battle of the blues by John Reed (Sunday Express), profile of Thomas Rowley-Jones (WRU President) by Fred Croster, old boys and exiles by Dick Williams (Midlands), Castella Night of Sport – Wales’ Queen of Rugby – Mrs Evelyn Mainwaring (Aberavon RFC), draw for the third round of the Welsh Brewers’ Cup, Dick Byers (Australian referee) in Wales, who else? By Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Nepia to the rescue – George Nepia comes to the rescue of Penarth RFC, Schweppes inauguration, is reign over? by John O’Shea (Dublin), Rothmans’ Sports Special.

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January 1978 – unconquered spirit – Roger Addison, season of goodwill by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), gestures, international previews – England by John Reed (Sunday express), Scotland by Reg prophet (Edinburgh Evening News), a weekend to remember by Dick Williams (Midlands), Irish prospects by John O;Shea (Dublin Evening News), Welsh prospects – the name of the game by a Welsh supporter, photo of Wales B team v France at Nantes, Wales will tour Australia but not Fiji, Old Illtydians RFC to tour North America, Wallabies warm-up by Graham Miller (Sydney), the globetrotters – Petersham RFC (Sydney), centres – then and now by Bleddyn Williams (The People), Whitbread make donation, John Hopkins view of the Lions by Carwyn James (The Guardian) from Italy, new system of appointing referees for international matches, some club news, schools’ notes including photo of Welsh Schools (Senior Group) team v Australian Schools, quick honours by David Watkins.

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February 1978 – coaching…how say you by JBG Thomas (Chief Rugby Writer, Western Mail), material and physical changes by Wilf Wooler (Sunday Telegraph), Esso sponsors junior sport in Wales, WRU Cup – action photos and results from the third round, Welsh Brewers’ Cup fifth round draw, things don’tt change by John Reed (Sunday Express), action photos of England v Wales, Sportsplan insurance, Palmie affair, youth notes, Congratulation to Cenydd Thomas, grim reality by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), action photos and teams from the Welsh trial, schools notes, striving for success by Dick Williams (Midlands), respect restored by John O’Shea (Dublin), Arwyn Allen (Secretary of Nantgaredig RFC) receives Castella Award, Chris Callaghan to win Cambridge Blue?, South Wales Echo Mini Rugby Fesitval, Only Joking, Man! by poet Tom Bellion, some rugby news, in the west.

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March 1978 – the “Beeb” delivers the goods by Dewi Griffiths, sub-zero thoughts by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), David Nash (Secretary of Ystrad Rhondda RFC) receives Castella Award, Renwick – Scots power driver by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh evening News), action photos from Wales v Scotland and Ireland v Wales matches, Blackthorn RFC (USA) , Police honour Scots President Francis Coutts in South Wales Police HQ Social Club in Cardiff, Crawshay annual dinner by John Reed (Sunday Express), IRFU accusation by John O’Shea (Dublin), action photos from the Schweppes WRU Cup quarter-finals, Magor RFC to tour California, Sevens challenge to play in Amsterdam, wings and wingers by Ken Jones (Sunday Express), Brummies on the up by Dick Williams (Midlands), Bevan says “I won’t play for Wales R L again” by David Watkins, referees’ notes by Fred Croster.

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May 1978 – Welsh Districts Welsh Brewers’ Cup Final – Rumney beat Nantyglo – team and action photos, Rothmans’ monthly competition, review by John Billot (Western Mail), Schweppes WRU Cup Final – Swansea beat Newport – team and action photos, fixed point in a changing age by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), gossip from South Africa, Tom Bellis (Life Member of Colwyn Bay RFC and President of the North Wales Rugby Union), receives Castella Award, mural unveiled in the WRU reception room, “Golden Oldies” night, Welsh Fire Brigade victory over their English counterparts, England and “The Welsh” by John Reed (Sunday Express), message repeated by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh), agonising re-birth by AW Scott (Editor, Rugby USA), who’s at Wembley 1978? by David Watkins, Rhyming Rugby Reporter by poet Tom Bellion, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, Murphy back again by John O’Shea (Dublin Evening News), WRU courses for players.

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June 1978 – Sevens by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Snelling and National Sevens winners – Bridgend RFC, anti-Sevens by Brian Wall (South Wales Echo), Sevens console the Scots by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Welsh Brewers’ annual presentation – Western Mail Unofficial Champions Pontypridd RFC, Player of the Year – Terry Cobner (Pontypool RFC), Most Promising Player of the Year Pat Daniel (Cardiff RFC) and awards for Cliff Jones (Chairman of the “Big 5”), Gerry Lewis (Welsh physiotherapist) and Bob Penberthy (Pontypridd RFC), Rothmans’ monthly competition, USA scene by Tony Scott (Editor of Rugby), Irish Varsities historic tour by John O’Shea (Dublin), unforgettable by John Reed (Sunday Express), Sevens in Hong Kong, Glamorgan Wanderers/Llandaff Youth make history, rugby nutter by Dick Williams, principal WRU fixtures for 1978-79, looking back five and ten years by Bruce Hawkesbee, North Wales success, EB Williams (Life Member of Bedwas RFC) receives Castella Award, gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, Welsh Referees’ Society AGM, rugby league round-up by David Watkins, coaches conference, South Wales Police rugby, Welsh Schools Rugby Union (Under 15), unequalled schoolmaster – Terry Cobner (Pontypool RFC), down under by Grahame Willis (Sydney).

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July 1978 – BRIDGEND RFC CENTENARY – do unto others as you would have done unto you! by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), profile of Bridgend RFC – centenary year, agony, ecstasy – photos from Wales’ tour in Australia, Rothmans’ monthly competition, star of the tour – Max Boyce by Stuart Weaving, a personal account by Brian Kempson (WRU Assistant Secretary), Not Funny by poet Tom Bellion, WRU AGM, ten years back by Bruce J Hawksebee, a supporter writes… by WN Thomas of Cwmbran, Roy Powling (Secretary of Tenby United RFC) receives Castella Award, gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, just an observation by David Watkins, Kenfig Hill presentation, annual coaches’ conference.

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August 1978 – BMA Symposium on sporting injuries held in Cardiff, aggro is world wide by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), full back changes by Grahame Hodgson, Ray Williams (WRU Coaching Organiser) sums up the “then and now” series, Newcastle Emlyn RFC, pile-up concern to coaches and referees, USA’s first by AW Scott (Editor, Rugby USA), coaches change, young (Welsh) “All Black” supporter – Raymond Thomas, parting tribute by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Australia and New Zealand by Grahame Willis (Sydney), Rothmans’ monthly competition, Blackwood Stars RFC annual dinner, five and ten years ago by Bruce J Hawkesbee, gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, Midlands’ news by Dick Williams, attack down under, crossword, Welsh Districts’ winners, memorial tournament for young Mark Clarke (Kenfig Hill RFC) who was tragically killed, Spain’s coach – Morgan Thomas of Barry, Crawshay’s Welsh XV, Cardiff HSOB’s Golden Jubilee, Brian Juliff takes the plunge.

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September 1978 – Major WR (Rod) Davies (Neyland RFC and Founder Member of the Welsh Youth and Pembrokeshire Youth) receives Castella Award, second thoughts by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), focus on Porthcawl RFC, action photos of the retiring Gareth Edwards and Gerald Davies, changes to the laws, itinerary of the All Blacks tour to the British Isles, Rothmans’ monthly competition, English preview by John Reed (Sunday Express), Scottish preview by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Irish preview by John O’Shea (Dublin), nearest and dearest by Dick Williams, Duncan v Leighton at Ynysybwl, gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, club season’s preview, new season up north by David Watkins, Welsh Brewers’ Annual for Wales 1978-79, Gareth Owen Edwards by poet Tom Bellion, leading fixtures for 1978-79.

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October 1978 – NEW ZEALAND TOUR TO THE BRITISH ISLES – fixture angle by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), swing along with rugby by John Reed (Sunday Express), USA report by AW Scott (California), focus on Ystrad Rhondda RFC, five and ten years ago by Bruce J Hawksbee, Durbar Lawrie (Secretary of Bridgend RFC) receives Castella Award, profiles of the touring All Blacks along with list of fixtures, comings and goings by Dick Williams, muted euphoria by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), Hong King scene by Ken Francis, Rothmans’ monthly competition, critical selection by John O’Shea (Dublin), gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, a tribute to the very best by David Watkins, Welsh referees honoured, club news with pictures by Elwyn White and John Harris, photo of John Morgan (Captain of Maesteg RFC) displaying the Whitbread Merit Table Trophy, won by Maesteg in 1977-78 season, crossword solution and winner.

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November 1978 – NEW ZEALAND TOUR TO THE BRITISH ISLES – Silver Jubilee of the 1953 Cardiff v New Zealand match, the old order changeth and yieldth forth to the new by Wilf Wooller, Cardiff v New Zealand 1978 action photos, English problems by John Reed (Sunday Express), gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, RT “Nick” Carter (Newport RFC) receives Castella Award, anti-league lobby by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), All Blacks’ tour results so far, profile of D Luther James (WRU President), action photos from the West Wales v New Zealand match, Midlands’ news by Dick Williams, Rothmans monthly competition, Ireland’s view and joy by John O’Shea (Dublin), focus on Resolven RFC, five and ten years ago by Bruce J Hawksbee, Dewar Shield shock, Welsh Districts, Brecon record, club news, down west, the Australian year in retrospect, Schweppes WRU Cup first round draw.

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December 1978 – NEW ZEALAND TOUR TO THE BRITISH ISLES – Power practice (with the All Blacks party) by Terry Power, the unacceptable face of amateur rugby by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Brian Dixon (Secretary of Maesteg RFC) receives Castella Award, profile of George Morgan (WRU), Welsh Rugby Writers’ award night, action photos of Wales v New Zealand match, gala night at Amman United RFC, Rothmans’ monthly competition, the mighty have fallen by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), the inquest starts by John Reed (Sunday Express), Midlands’ news by Dick Williams, Schweppes WRU Cup first round results and second round draw, Welsh Brewers’ Cup second round results, Monmouthshire v New Zealand action photos,, achievement summit by JR Jones, schools’ notes – Dewar Shield and Monmouth, oriental visitor – Chen-Tai Lin (China’s national coach and leading referee), happy onlookers – Gareth Edwards and his special cap, club news.

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1979

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January 1979 – NEW ZEALAND TOUR TO THE BRITISH ISLES – All Blacks assessed by Carwyn James, Bridgend v New Zealand action photos, the King is dead…long live the King by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Monmouthshire v New Zealand action photos, no Scottish whitewash this year by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), all not lost in England by John Reed (Sunday Express), Barbarians v New Zealand action photos, not quite Welsh rugby? No! All Welsh rugby by Ken Francis, Rothmans’ monthly competition, club news, Ray Prosser (Pontypool RFC’s coach) receives Castella Award, WRU courses 1979, no moves for youngsters by Geoff Wilson (Taff’s Well RFC’s coach), Midlands’ news by Dick Williams, not Dad’s Army by David Watkins, schools’ notes including the draw for the preliminary and first rounds of the DC Thomas Cup (under 11 group), 5 and 10 years ago by Bruce J Hawksbee, Newport RFC to tour South Africa, County Rugby Union shock, Mr & Mrs Rugby honoured – Jack Jones (former Secretary of Welsh Districts Rugby Union) and his wife Iris, JPR – tennis star, youth notes, Schweppes WRU Cup second round results and third round draw, Castella Night of Sport goes to Scotland.

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February/March 1979 – Terry Holmes – man of metal by Fred Croster, Gareth Davies – the stylist by Fred Croster, Kelly College, Tavistock, 5 and 10 years ago by Bruce J Hawksbee, WRU Cup third round round-up and action photos, profile of Mike Gibson by John O’Shea (Dublin), variety is the spice of life by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Scotland v Wales action photos, financial grants for overseas tours, schools’ notes, Welsh referees honoured, Wales v Ireland action photos, All Blacks in retrospect by Terry Power (New Zealand), John Sheen (Birmingham Welsh RFC) receives Castella Award, youth notes, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, once in a long, long time by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), focus on Tondu RFC, WRU report on the relationship of sport and the law, selectors continue to battle by John Reed (Sunday Express), club news, Rothmans’ competition answers.

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April 1979 – the writing on the wall by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), 5 and 10 years ago by Bruce J Hawksbee, unpredictable England by John Reed (Sunday Express), Schweppes WRU Cup by WIlf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph) - action photos and review third round and quarter-finals plus the semi-finals draw, looking back by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, France v Wales action photos, Brockhoff to coach Aussies by Grahame Willis (Sydney), Amos du Plooy (former Springbok front row forward) talks with Fred Croster, club news, Castella panel at Gala RFC, financial grants for overseas tour, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, youth notes, profile of WTH (Willy) Davies by ER Jones, WRU centenary, mouthguards, New Zealand by Terry Power.

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May 1979 – WALES WIN FOURTH TRIPLE CROWN – 4th Triple Crown reviewed – Wales by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), England by John Reed (Sunday Express), France by John Billot (Western Mail), Ireland by John O’Shea (Dublin), Scotland by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), action photos and pen pictures of the fourth successive Triple Crown heroes, 4th Triple Crown list of results, Whitbread Merit Table sponsorship, Welsh Brewers’ Cup semi-finals draw, Buckley sponsors Llanelli & District Rugby Union, rugby sin bin by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), to be or not to be by David Watkins, Haydn Griffiths (Secretary Cwmtwrch RFC) receives Castella Award, Schweppes WRU Cup semi-finals action photos, WRU courses, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, 5 and 10 years ago by Bruce J Hawksbee, club news.

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June 1979 – 5 and 10 years ago by Bruce J Hawksbee, the season miscellany by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), where indeed? by John Reed (Sunday Express), Stan Bowes (Cardiff RFC) receives Castella Award, Welsh Brewers’ Cup Final – Rumney beat Nantyglo – team and presentation photos, Scottish comment by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), New Zealand by Terry Power (New Zealand), “Western Mail” Sevens winners, Schweppes Cup Final – Bridgend beat Pontypridd – action, teams and presentation photos, Mid District Cup Final – Llantwit Fardre beat Beddau, Ben Francis Cup Final – Abercarn beat Croesyceiliog, Steve Fenwick – the Beddau connection by Bruce Hawksbee, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, youth notes, gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant (East London), big year for the Wallabies by Grahame Willis (Sydney), Llandovery College, schools’ notes, Wales win Under 16 International Sevens, Glamorgan beat Carmarthenshire to become county champions, Abercynon win Mid District title, Rumney Grand Slam, Welsh Schools’ Italian tour, Pontypridd clinch Welsh Clubs’ Unofficial Championship, Cardiff & District Youth beat Neath & District Youth to win Crawshay Cup, London Welsh Dragons win Willie Llewellyn Memorial Cup, clubs…clubs.

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July 1979 – 5 and 10 years ago by Bruce J Hawksbee, the future of the game by JBG Thomas (Chief Sports Writer, Western Mail), the rise and fall of Sevens by David Watkins, Snelling Sevens results, Scottish Sevens success by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), National Sevens results, halt the fatalities - injuries to the neck and spine – hints to coaches, summer thoughts by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), photo of Darmstadt RFC in Frankfurt including some Welsh exiles including Paul Bean (ex Cardiff and RAF), Granville Evans (Cheltenham), Bob Jones (Pembrokeshire),and C Howard (Pontypool), the season is over…what now on rugby fields? by Albert Francis (Ground Manager, Cardiff Athletic Club), youth – Crawshay Cup Final – Cardiff & District Youth beat Neath & District Youth, Crawshay’s first by John Reed (Sunday Express), Bert Denning (Trainer of Brynmawr RFC) receives Castella Award, Golden Oldies celebrate, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, American rugby by AW Scott (California), gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, club news.

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August 1979 – PENARTH RFC CENTENARY – Clive Norling goes east, Schweppes WRU Cup celebration, Welsh Rugby Union affairs by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Maesteg captain John Morgan receives the Whitbread Merit Table Trophy, Glyn Davies (Cwmgors RFC and former Chairman of Amman Valley Youth Rugby Union) receives Castella Award, profile of Ray Williams the heir apparent (WRU Secretary-elect), share out for Snelling clubs, the importance of sponsorship, referees’ residential course, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, half the fatalities – part two, WRU report, Sydney Welsh RFC, pre-season fitness – coaching (positional skills), methods and techniques by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), focus on Penarth RFC – centenary season, gossip from South Africa by Graham Bryant, Mid District Rugby Union presentation dinner, youth notes, clubs, Lyn Walby (Pontypool RFC) tragically killed in a car crash. 

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October 1979 – principal fixtures 1979-80, Bridgend RFC’s Steve Fenwick chats with Fred Croster, hymns and arias – for ten triumphant years didn’t we do well? If you want to play for Wales it’s 8 miles over the mountain – Graham Price (Pontypool RFC), Welsh Brewers’ annual tribute – Terry Holmes (Cardiff RFC) is Player of the Year, Peter Morgan (Llanelli RFC) is Most Promising Young Player, Western Mail Shield was presented to Pontypridd RFC captain Tommy David and special awards to former WRU President Les Spence (President of Cardiff Athletic Club) and Dennis Hughes (Newbridge RFC), Big Four, make Big Five, watch it says Carwyn, John Mason (former Secretary of Glais RFC) receives Castella Award, Wales v Ireland and Wales v England colour action photos, rugby’s growth needs a World Cup, the law makers…by Fred Croster, triple chances with changes? by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), profile and double page poster of Terry Homes (Cardiff & Wales), do you remember? – a look back at 5 and 10 years of Welsh rugby by Bruce J Hawksbee, Wooller’s world – a question of loyalty by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), top clubs, club captains, Berkshire interlude by Dick Williams, blood – the 1st in a 3 part series by Dr Ralph Vaughan, public eye, South African safaris – Llanelli, Newport and Cardiff in South Africa, woman’s way, Welsh team v Ireland 1979 – colour photo on back page.

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November 1979 – home is Aberavon says Allan Martin to Fred Croster, Ivor John (Life Member of Tumble RFC) receives Castella Award, “total shock” says Robert Norster – “over the moon” says Peter Morgan – on their selection for the Welsh team to face Romania, Wales welcomes overseas visitors – Eagle Rock USA at Talywain, Canada at Cardiff, Romania at Ebbw Vale, view from the west terrace, Romania in South Wales – action photos in colour at Ebbw Vale and Pontypridd, why not a world tour by John Billot (Western Mail), Wales v Romania – match facts, team and action photos in colour, Romanian shock by Carwyn James, Welsh make rugby wars wherever they go! by Grahame Thorne (Wellington Newspapers Ltd), profile and double page poster of Derek Quinnell (Llanelli, Wales & Lions), do you remember? – a look back at 5 and 10 years of Welsh rugby by Bruce J Hawksbee, top clubs, Black & Ambers – more black than amber these days says Bryn Meredith, Wooller’s world – thoughts on the new Welsh team by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), club captains, Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Glamorgan Wanderers 26 Pontypridd 27, what are they worth? by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), my ideal backs by Ken Jones, where are they now? by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), schools’ notes – calendar of events for 1979-80, public eye, bones - the 2nd in a 3 part series by Dr Ralph Vaughan.

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December 1979 – I’ll play for Wales in any position – Dave Richards with Fred Croster, Christmas Day is a family day – Gareth Davies and his wife Helen with Fred Croster, South African Barbarians win friends in Wales, don’t hide behind the ref!...club committees must take action on violent play says John Billot (Western Mail), where are they now? GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo) tracks down RH Williams, top second class clubs – Rumney roars into action, Crawshays set sights on Europe by John Reed (Sunday Express), secrets of the Welsh squad training, George Bird (Chairman of Llantwit Major RFC) receives Castella Award, Welsh rugby/ It Ain’t Half Good, Mum! – TV star Windsor Davies talks with Fred Croster, profile and double page poster of Graham Price (Pontypool, Wales & Lions), do you remember? – a look back at 5 and 10 years of Welsh rugby by Bruce J Hawksbee, top clubs, Schweppes WRU Cup first round results and second round draw, Wooller’s world – November thoughts by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), club captains, Rothmans’ Match of the Month – London Welsh 28 Llanelli 22, money flows in from sponsors and television but…the good guys lose out by Alun Rees (South Wales Echo), have you heard the one about…by Dick Williams, youth notes, schools’ notes, Carwyn James looks back to TP (Pope) Williams and Llandovery College, public eye, breathing – the concluding part by Dr Ralph Vaughan.

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January 1980 – John Lloyd is new Welsh coach, “raring to go” says Bob Dyer (Pontypridd RFC), Wales “B” crushed in France, where are they now? – Barry John by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), what Welsh rugby means to me by John Toshack, where is the Welsh flair to beat France by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), the ecstasy…and the agony – Bridgend glory tours sour for Ian Lewis, Richard Davies replies from South Africa, why I decided to leave Newport by David Burcher, 1979 – bouquets and brickbats – Dave Phillips (Sunday Times) draws up his honours list, George Gwynn (former Chairman of Ebbw Vale RFC) receives Castella Award, 2nd Class Club of the Month – Croesyceiliog RFC, profile and double page poster of Elgan Rees (Neath, Wales & Lions), Cwmtawe celebrates – ten years of rugby success at Cwmtawe Comprehensive School, six in a row for Swansea Varsity, top clubs, Kiwis set for match of the Century by Stuart Weaving in Auckaldn, “Hello this is God speaking…” Don Rutherford (Secretary of the RFU) talks with WRU Secretary-elect Ray Williams, Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Aberavon 10 Pontypool 7, should Wales let the girls play? – move over fellas, equality has arrived says Debbie Pensol (BBC Wales Sports Unit), public eye – keep politics out of rugby, waiting in the wings by John Kennedy (South Wales Argus), scoreboard by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail – top scorers in Welsh rugby, mind you, it was only one glass of Aunty’s elderberry wine…by Dan O’Neill (South Wales Echo), obituary of TJ “Tommy” Rees (Tonyrefail RFC) by Fred Croster.

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February 1980 – “Being skipper is a fabulous feeling” but…Quinnell forced to watch from the sidelines, new Welsh coach John Lloyd chats with Fred Croster, Dawes takes a new step into the future of the game he loves by Barbara Horne, Wooller’s world by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), John Reed *Sunday Express) reflects on England’s first two matches – Wales may have a little to worry about!, Scotland in the doldrums by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), exiles enjoy their rugby in Walsall by Dick Williams, Rives thirsty for honours by Bob Donahue, facts, figures and action photos from Wales v France, John O’Shea looks at the Irish talent – Campbell and Ward should both play, profile and double page poster of Allan Martin (Aberavon, Wales & Lions), some fans will do anything…by Dan O;Neill (South Wales Echo), top clubs, broken neck fails to stop Jimmy O’Leary (St Joseph’s RFC), where are they now? – Cliff Morgan by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), of course, I used to play for Wales, you know…what rugby means to be by Max Boyce, Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Cardiff 21 Swansea 16, open your eyes, ref! you’re missing a good game…Clive Norling on the lighter side, Lampeter RFC catch up on centenary – never too late to celebrate, focus on St Cyres Comprehensive School in Penarth, Schweppes WRU Cup – what the Cup means to the minnows – by Carwyn James, Schweppes WRU Cup third round results and draw for the quarter-finals, Welsh Brewers’ Cup fourth round results, public eye – Springbok saga takes a new twist – Lampeter deserve better WRU deal – professional dilemma, scoreboard – top scorers and record breakers in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Castella Sports Night visits Donkey Island.

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March 1980 – lucky 13 for skipper Squire by Mandy Owen, Wooller’s world – tracking down likely Lions by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), rugby in Wales brings a new dimension to my game - Fred Croster chats with John Scott (Cardiff & England), so where have all the (English) fans gone? by Dick Williams, rejecting trial by the media by Carwyn James, Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Aberavon 29 Cardiff 22, Peter Hendy (Pontypridd RFC) receives Castella Award, top clubs, profile and double page poster of Gareth Davies (Cardiff & Wales), England v Wales – England’s vital victory, facts, figues and action photos in colour from Twickenham, Bedwas set to face the might of Swansea – again!, pitched into the lion’s den – new caps Les Keen (Aberavon) and Eddie Butler (Pontypool) describe baptism of fire at the Arms Park cauldron, public eye – trial by TV – the laws of rugby and the laws of the land, what Welsh rugby means to…Rolf Harris – the Welsh connection? it’s fair dinkum, digger, where are they now? – Clem Thomas by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), scoreboard – top scorers in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail).

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April 1980 – letters to the editor, “quality, dignity, sportsmanship” – Fred Croster talks with Rod Morgan, just can’t win – review of the English Press, public eye – trial by media – trial by the local politicians, Cardiff’s Rags and Tatters shine through 100 years by Fred Croster, Wales v Ireland - facts, figures and action photos, Boks weak behind the scrum by Richard Davies, Stan Bounds (Newbridge RFC) receives Castella Award, pipped at the French post – Wales Youth lose by a point, an Irish lament as top players learn of government South Africa ban by John O’Shea (Dublin), Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Cross Keys 11 Newport 12, profile and double page poster of Jeff Squire (Pontypool, Wales & Lions), top clubs, a game fit for a prince – Wales v Scotland facts, figures and action photos, profiles of Welsh Lions, Welsh tactics are sadly adrift by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), two Cardiff men set sights on South Africa – Fred Croster meets Stuart lane and Alan Phillips, schools provide strength in depth, dour UAU final UWIST beat Exeter, why Terry like the reds by snooker champions Terry Griffiths, where are they now? – Dr Jack Matthews by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), scoreboard – top scorers in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail).

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May 1980 – Welsh Brewers’ Cup Final – Tondu beat Rumney, Schweppes WRU Cup action, public eye – is there too much rugby? – Pontypridd raise funds in style, looking back at the International Championship by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Carwyn James (The Guardian) Looks at the busy time ahead this summer, JBG Thomas (Sports Editor, Western Mail) looks forward to North America, Welsh Youth Cup Final – Cardiff Youth beat Cwmbran Youth, Chepstow RFC’s Doug Upton’s widow Mrs Vi Upton receives a posthumous Castella Award, when the champagne becomes a little warm at Twickers…by Brian Price, Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Pontypridd 13 Newbridge 12, where are they now? – Bleddyn Williams by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), profile and double page poster of Peter Morgan (Llanelli, Wales & Lions), top clubs, mixed fortunes – Kenfig Hill RFC, profile of Gwyn Roblin (WRU President) by Fred Croster, on the young side – schools, I told the welsh it was going to be England’s year by John Reed (Sunday Express), profile of Wynne Price Davies (President of London Welsh RFC and Managing Director of Schweppes), scoreboard – top scorers in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail).

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June 1980 – Bridgend hold on to the Schweppes WRU Cup – facts, figures, team and action photos, Kidwelly mark century with West Wales Cup, and team around the districts at grass roots level – all the champions and Sevens winners throughout Wales, Brecon RFC celebrates 100 years, public eye – why carry on with this Sevens farce?, Wooller’s world – bring back fun to rugby by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Bridgend 22 Maesteg 23, where are they now? Brian Price by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), profile and double page poster of Steve Fenwick (Bridgend, Wales & Lions), go west young men – John Harris on tour with Gowerton School in Canada, Carwyn James and John Dawes assess the Lions’ prospects – attacking flair needed to beat hungry Springboks, the Boks pick ‘em big and heavy…by RW Davies (Johannesburg), Mid Districts tour Romania, cash brings death by Brian Wall (South Wales Echo), there’s a big future for Gary Pearce by Fred Croster, Les Davies (Brecon RFC) receives Castella Award, Llanelli supporters’ Play of the Year – JJ Williams, Pontypool top Whitbread Merit Table, DC Thomas Cup – Bridgend 4 Cardiff 4 (cup shared), Welsh boys beat Italy, hail the All Whites – winners of the Western Mail Unofficial Championship, scoreboard – the top scorers and the final tables in Welsh rugby with Peter Jackson (Daily Mail).

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July 1980 – limping Lion Lane full of optimism, catch ‘em young – that’s the secret in Caerphilly, Welsh Youth snatch brave win in South Africa, All Blacks keep us guessing in build-up to Wales tour, Crawshays serve up mixed fare, grand gala for gret year – focus on WRU centenary plans, where are they now? George Andrews by Wayne Thomas, Bang on, Bangor! – centenary story for Bangor RFC by Dick Williams, the little Will of the Wisp who stand tall in rugby - profile of Cliff Jones (WRU President) by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Rowlands convinces South Africa of value of neutral referees – Ken Rowlands talks with Fred Croster, budding coaches sweat their way to success, profile and double page poster of Clive Williams (Swansea, Wales & Lions, formerly of Porthcawl and Aberavon), Wales in North America - Fenwick turns on the style in Vancouver, orgy of rugby stirs US fans by Tony Scott (Editor Rugby USA), that was my first mistake…by rugby enthusiast and recent immigrant to Canada Warren Thomas, California caps busy centennial year for Ebbw Vale, Bridgend Sports snap up five trophies, Swansea win National Sevens, Monmouthshire taking steps towards new league set-up, obituary of Gordon Rowley (WRU Honorary Surgeon), public eye, touring Penarth players escape Miami troubles, private schools take action on injuries, I’ve had a few setbacks – but what is life without hope by Bobby Windsor, Peter Jackson (Daily Mail) produces some surprising statistics – the boot or running rugby?, Sevens action – Old Illtydians win Old Penarthians Sevens – Bedwas win Monmouthshire Sevens, Pontypridd points record, superfan – Alan Jones by Dick Williams.

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August 1980 – centenary year message from WRU President, WRU needs the money, Ray Williams (WRU Centenary Officer) talks with Fred Croster, Lions salvage some pride – some statistics of the tour, Carwyn James (The Guardian) reviews the Lions Tour of South Africa, Wales top ten tour table by Brian Wall (South Wales Echo), Crawshay’s squad in France, Bridgend choose Steve Ellis as Player of the Year, it used to be called the close season…referees’ course, watch those junior blue and blacks – Cardiff Youth, public eye – the era of the “Superstars” on BBC TV, Walsall Welsh exiles help those English colts, new Chairman at Llanelli – Marlston Morgan, Nantyglo are Wales’ top minis, Rhys Williams (Llanharan RFC) is East District Rugby Union Player of the Year for the fourth successive year, news, profile and double page poster of Geoff Wheel (Swansea & Wales), Welsh Brewers’ awards – Gary Peace voted Most Promising Player of the Year, David Richards is Player of the Year, Swansea RFC are Western Mail Unofficial Champions, and “Mrs Rugby” – 
Evelyn Mainwaring (Aberavon RFC), Penarth look back on a riotous tour, Haydn George takes over from Mike Knill as Penarth RFC captain, action photos of the Wales “B” tour of North America, Wooller’s World – do we want professional gladiators or amateurs? by WIlf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), touring absentees earn big cheers at Kenfig Hill, musical training sessions keep Trevor’s boys on their toes (Haverfordwest RFC) by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), Welsh Sports Annual launched, “tremendous reservoir of talent at grass roots” John Dawes tells Fred Croster, oops! Moments of mortality for the “Supermen” of Welsh rugby, where are they now? – Ken Jones by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), two bits of good news for Ringer, tough draw for Swansea in the Snelling Sevens, a credit to Carmarthen – Carmarthenshire winners of the Welsh Counties Championship, Whitbread Merit Table winners – Pontypool RFC.

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September 1980 – WRU centenary season fixtures, we’re off! – centenary year gets underway, a day to remember in the history of Welsh rugby – message from the Queen, tour was a waste of time for me – Allan Martin talks with Fred Croster, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – William Cope, competent Springboks took all the chances – Jeff Squire talks with Many Owen, Wooller’s world – is there too much pressure rugby for the human body? by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Swansea looking for Snelling Sevens title, public eye – time to shut the door on shamateurism, world experts gather to discuss the game, profile and double page poster of JPR Williams, Ynysybwl RFC planning centenary dinner – in a tent!, Clive Shell retires, memorial service for WRU Honorary Surgeon Gordon Rowley, Swansea and Bridgend again? – John Billot (Western Mail) previews club prospects, Ebbw Vale go for Fryer – the club’s youngest ever skipper, Schweppes WRU Cup pits last year’s giant-killers together – draw for first preliminary round, Stan Addicott looking for “team feeling” from overseas by John Harris, where are they now? Gareth Edwards by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), Goliath Pooler meet Panteg’s David, feast of rugby ahead for Kiwi enthusiasts, who will move from Cardiff Arms Park to Hollywood? – Bruce J Hawksbee in search of celluloid rugby stars, WRU Trust appeal sets sights on £½m, Soccer XI 7; Rugby XI 4 – when the round ball appeared at the Arms Park, news, limping Lions must be patient, Max Boyce and Gerald Davies honoured with the green robe.

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October 1980 – public eye – bring back enjoyment to rugby, Ringer back – no surprises in Welsh squad, Wales v Overseas XV – facts, figures and action photos, when will we see midfield finesse again? – Welsh team prospects reviewed by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Kiwi touring side will miss record try scorer, Time we beat the All Blacks by Carwyn James (The Guardian), I’d like to play for Wales again – JPR Williams talks with Fred Croster, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Joe Thompson, where are they now? – Gwyn Francis by Wayne Thomas, rugby at the crossroads – WRU coaching and refereeing centenary conference, profile and double page poster of Ray Gravell (Llanelli, Wales & Lions), top clubs, Evans down under – Gwyn Evans (Welsh staff coach) by Bob Messenger (Western Australia Rugby Union Publicity Officer), Joe Smith quits as Ponty coach, founder club shock for Haverfordwest, WRU sponsorship nears £200,000, Rothmans chip in with fund sponsorship and club quiz, record entry for Welsh Brewers’ Cup – preliminary and first round draws, letters to the editor, how Cardiff gave birth to Kiwi rugby museum – Dick Williams pays a visit to the temple of rugby enthusiasm in New Zealand, Bridgend take Snelling Sevens – results and action photos (photos by Elwyn White), I’m tickled pink says mum in the middle – referee Mrs Lynn Smith.

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November 1980 – NEW ZEALAND IN WALES – public eye – skulduggery, victory memories – when Cardiff beat the All Blacks in 1953, schools set big scoring pattern, just great to be in Wales again – Graham Mourie talks with Fred Croster, Wooller’s world – formidable tactics in the All Black training schedules by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Gary Pearce (Bridgend RFC) take the honours in poor game – Wales “B” beat France “B” – action photos, Carwyn James and Terry McLean assess the Cardiff v All Blacks match – full marks to Cardiff for effort – team and action photos, the All Blacks tourists in profile, Kiwi coach preaches the simple basics, the All Blacks results so far, profile and double page poster of Roger Blyth (Swansea & Wales), top clubs, centenary conference, Schweppes Cup Final dinner, invincibles – Cardiff Youth played 40; won 40, where are they now? “Wendy” Davis by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Bridgend 24 Pontypool 3, training with weights – first of four articles by Brian Thomas (Physical Education Lecturer), Dr Lewis boots way to the top – scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby with Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Rothmans’ quiz gets underway for 64 clubs – the draw, Bill Emmitt (Crumlin RFC) receives Castella Award, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – William McCutcheon.

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December 1980 – NEW ZEALAND IN WALES – public eye – congratulation ref!, Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Pontypridd 18 Newbridge 12, Wooller’s world – the All Blacks by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Keith Rowlands (Chairman of the “Big Five” talks with Fred Croster after the Wales v New Zealand game, All Blacks in Wales – memories of the tour – Graham Mourie (Captain of New Zealand) and Steve Fenwick (Captain of Wales), Ray Harper (All Blacks Manager), Bob Ackerman (Newport RFC - first cap for Wales), Gareth Williams (Bridgend RFC – first cap for Wales), a decade of doom! but now let’s look forward by Carwyn James (The Guardian), Wales v All Blacks facts and figures, international panel referees announced, top clubs, profile and double page poster of Alan Phillips (Cardiff, Wales & Lions), Crawshay’s by John Reed (Sunday Express), schools’ notes, youth notes, Schweppes WRU Cup first round headlines including Penclawdd 4 Newport 0, weight training for you – second of four articles by Brian Thomas (Physical Education Lecturer) with pictures by Peter Fowler, Rothmans’ quiz – results, letter to the editor, Peter Beynon (Mumbles RFC) receives Castella Award, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Rev WT Havard, London Welsh celebrate the WRU centenary by Edgar Jones (photos by David Shapland), where are they now? – Gwyn Richards by Wayne Thomas, scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail).

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January 1981 – public eye - feet and fixtures, know the laws by Fred Croster (former international panel referee), Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Aberavon 18 Ebbw Vale 16, Fred Croster talks with Ieuan Evans (Chairman of the WRU Coaching Committee), The Home Internationals – the Wales view – Wooller’s world – England & Wales v Scotland & Ireland match sets the scene by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), The England view – Old heads may roll! Says John Reed (Sunday Express), the Scotland view – Telfer’s change by Reg Prophit (Edinburgh Evening News), the Ireland view by John O’Shea (Dublin Evening Press), the France view – don’t write them off! by Bob Donahue (Herald International Tribune, Paris), top clubs, double page coverage of Great Welsh Rugby Players Centenary Year Souvenir cigarette cards, the southern hemisphere dominates – lessons still to be learned for Wales says Carwyn James (The Guardian), top second class clubs – let have some applause for those hardworking players – says John Harris after watching Dunvant and BP Llandarcy playing enthusiastically in atrocious weather, Magor – the phoenix arising, weight training for you – third of four articles by Brian Thomas (Physical Education Lecturer) with pictures by Peter Fowler, a Midlands trio seeking recognition by Dick Williams, youth notes – Cardiff RFC appeal upheld, schools’ notes – record entries expected for mini rugby festival, Rothmans’ quiz results – first round winners Newbridge RFC, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – David W Evans, Islwyn Lewis (Trustee of Pontardulais RFC) and Alan Abel Thomas (Chairman of Pontardulais RFC) both receive Castella Awards, where are they now? – Mervyn Davies by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), “oooh, Mr Duckham, you’ve put your foot in it” says John Billot (Western Mail).

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February 1981 – Scots ban drink, Bill Clement (WRU Secretary) awarded OBE, President anonymous, public eye – that grand old sport – Celt baiting!, know the laws by Fred Croster (former international panel referee), Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Cardiff 23 Swansea 18, Wooller’s world by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Fred Croster talks with John Scott (Cardiff & England), Bobby Windsor announces his retirement…so does Paul Ringer…and Derek Quinnell, Bob Penberthy (Pontypridd RFC) award for 800 appearances, 600th appearance for Gareth Howls (Ebbw Vale RFC), the end of an era – JJ Williams scoring a try in his last match for Llanelli RFC and Peter Hopkins scoring his first try for the club, Wales v England – facts, figures and action photos, the France view – the backs still unpredictable by Bob Donahue (Herald International Tribune, Paris), world control needed says Carwyn James (The Guardian), the best down west says Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), London Welsh’s changing fortunes by Edgar Jones, top clubs, profile and double page poster of John Scott (Cardiff & England), top second class clubs – Porthcawl RFC – success in spite of setback by Philip Rees (Honorary Secretary of Porthcawl RFC), weight training for you – last of four articles by Brian Thomas (Physical Education Lecturer) with pictures by Peter Fowler, Coventry Welsh’s glory chance lost by Dick Williams, schools and youth – Llanelli Schools, Gwent Schools, Welsh Schools beat Yorkshire Schools, Dewar Shield, JJ’s last match, Delme Thomas (London Welsh RFC) receives Castella Award, where are they now? – Malcolm Thomas by GV Wynne-Jones (South Wales Echo), scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (daily Mail), where to now? by Dick Williams, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Rev J Alban Davies, letters to the editor.

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March 1981 – public eye, When God Was Keeping Goal by poet Tom Bellion, know the laws by Fred Croster (former international panel referee), Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Newport 9 Llanelli 9, Wooller’s world – rugby’s corpse is on the slab by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), top chat – Fred Croster talks with John Dawes (WRU Coaching Organiser) at the end of his first year in office, Wales at Murrayfield – piling on the pressure, the France view by Bob Donahue (Herald International Tribune, Paris), the Ireland view by John O’Shea (Dublin Evening Press), Wales v Ireland – facts, figures and action photos, no Triple Crown but what Box office! By Gordon Brown (Scotland & Lions) plus action photos from England v Scotland, Llantwit Major RFC by Bob Bounds (Secretary of Llantwit Major RFC), WRU directive for referees, minnows and Whales – John Billot looks at the teams competing for the Schweppes WRU Cup, Rothmans’ Welsh Rugby Match of the Month Awards, the media and the game by Carwyn James (The Guardian), who are they? by Wayne Thomas – AM Jenkins, profile and double page poster of Gareth Williams (Bridgend, Wales & Lions), top clubs, the Canadian connection – Toronto Welsh RFC by Eric Seery with photos by Carol Colvin, the best down west by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), physical fitness for rugby by John Dawes (WRU Coaching Organiser), Ron Davies (former Secretary of Bonymaen RFC) receives Castella Award, where are they now? – “Bunner” Travers by GV Wynne Jones (South Wales Echo), scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail). 

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April 1981 – public eye, the Bolderson name, know the laws by Fred Croster (former international panel referee), Rothmans’ Match of the Month – Pontypool 16 Llanelli 26, news in brief – Golden Oldies, Cardiff to Colorado, mini rugby festivals, Wallabies tour, new trophy for schoolboy rugby festival at Preston Grasshoppers RFC, the Snelling Sevens, top chat – Fred Croster talks with John Lloyd (Welsh coach), Wooller’s World – the agony… by WIlf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), the France view by Bob Donahue (Herald International Tribune, Paris), France v Wales facts, figures and action photos, WRU – outlawing the pile up, WRU President’s XV announced, a new breed of scrum half – Mark Douglas (Llanelli), playing the game – an analysis of the present Welsh team by Carwyn James (The Guardian), profile and double page poster of Clive Burgess (Ebbw Vale & Wales), top clubs, rugby in the Midlands – Trefor Jones – 430 books and still collecting! Brian Wall (South Wales Echo) peeks into the future and a light-hearted view of a possible European Rugby Cup, action from the Schweppes WRU Cup Final, preparing the Arms Park – pictures and words by John Harris, upset in the Welsh Cup – action photos of the moment Penclawdd scored the try to beat Newport (photo by Alan T Richards), who are they? by Wayne Thomas – brothers Bobby & Richard Jones, fitness for rugby by Peter Herbert (physical education teacher), John Deeble (Porthcawl RFC) receives Castella Award, where are they now? – Ernie Finch by Wayne Thomas, scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail).

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Summer 1981 – public eye – amateur v professional, Rothmans’ Match of the Season – Pontypridd 25 Leicester 6, New Dock Stars champions after 75 years – winners of the West Wales Championship, West Wales Cup, and the President’s Cup, news in brief – Pyle RFC’s Canadian tour, international Sevens at Twickenham, Penclawdd RFC promotion celebrations, youth star (David Thomas of South Glamorgan Institute), Llandaff RFC travel to compete for the Alan Huntley Memorial Cup, Argentinians visit Llanelli, Wooller’s world by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), top chat – Fred Croster talks with Bill Clement (retiring WRU Secretary), who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Gethin Thomas, the England view – progress! yes or no by John Reed (Sunday Express), Wales 27 WRU President’s XV 17 - action photos, Schweppes WRU Cup Final – Cardiff 14 Bridgend 6 – action photos, Welsh Brewers’ Cup Final – Caerleon 12 Rhydyfelin 9 – action photos, London Welsh – the season reviewed by Edgar Jones, Phil Bennett’s last match, the season reviewed by Carwyn James (The Guardian), profile and double page poster of Clive Rees (London Welsh, Wales & Lions), top clubs, Whitbread Merit Table 1980-81 – final placings – Swansea champions, the best down west by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), leading lights at Risca by Dick Williams, fitness for rugby by Peter Herbert (physical education teacher), Under 15 international – Wales 30 Scotland 6 – action photos, Tim Hay (Pembroke Dock Quins RFC) receives Castella Award, where are they now? – Haydn Tanner by Wayne Thomas, scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail) – final placings for 1980-81 – most points Wayne Bow (Ebbw Vale) 313, most tries David Hussey (Pontypool) 37, most penalties Wayne Bow (Ebbw Vale (56), most conversions Peter Lewis (Pontypool) 58, most drop goals Keith James (Newport) and Mike Lewis (Aberavon) with 10 each.

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September 1981 – September club fixtures, top chat – Fred Croster talks with Ray Williams (WRU Secretary), who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Cliff Williams, summary of success – list of champions in 1980-81, Leicester stars in the Snelling Sevens, Wooller’s world by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), welcome to the Wallabies by Carwyn James *The Guardian), summer refereeing safari by Alun Richards (Welsh international referee), public eye – the grim injury toll, National Ground completion is next hurdle, Big Five Chairman Keith Rowlands bows out, where are they now – Ike Fowler by Wayne Thomas, club prospects – who can end Bridgend’s great home run by John BIllot (Western mail), who’s in charge? – list of captains, coaches, secretaries etc of the 19 first class clubs by Chris Jones (Western Mail), profile and double page poster of David Richards (Swansea, Wales & Lions), Midlands’ notes – getting somewhere by Dick Williams, Newport Saracens RFC’s new facilities, relief then success – Cardiff RFC’s tour to Zimbabwe by Deirdre Lord, short profile of Osmond John (WRU President), the prevention and treatment of rugby injuries from the WRU’s coaching scheme, summer events – photos from Schweppes WRU Cup Final dinner, Cliff Jones (WRU President) receives a cheque from sponsors Rothmans, David Richards (Swansea RFC captain) receives the Whitbread Merit Table Trophy, Bridgend RFC’s Welsh senior and “B” squad members receive special engraved WRU Centenary tankards, know the law changes, letters to the editor, photo of Cardiff & District Youth team – winners of the Crawshay and DG Griffiths trophies, encouraging signs by John Kennedy (South Wales Echo), picture posers – questions posed for the coming season, Schweppes WRU Cup – district draw, “Willie Tom” (Treasurer of Trebanos RFC) receives Castella Award, Les Spence (Cardiff RFC) retires after 52 years service on and off the field, scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail) – a look back at some of the stats from last season.

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October 1981 – AUSTRALIA TOUR TO BRITISH ISLES – October club fixtures, Schweppes WRU Cup results, top chat – Fred Croster talks with Jeff Squire (Pontypool, Wales & Lions), problem posed – Cardiff City Blue Dragons and union players, top clubs, Wooller’s world – preparation period by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Norling’s test – Clive Norling (Welsh international referee) talks with Fred Croster, Australia ahead by Carwyn James (The Guardian) with a list of the tour party, photos from WRU Centenary tankards presented to Cardiff players plus last season’s Player of the Year Clive Burgess (Ebbw Vale & Wales), top district clubs – East Wales round-up by Chris Jones – West Wales round-up by Malcolm Lewis, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Harry Phillips, profile and double page poster of Gwyn Evans (Maesteg & Wales), a decline in back play? by John Dawes (WRU Coaching Organiser), Snelling Sevens results and action photos– Cardiff’s sixth crown, public eye – rough play, marathon maniacs – Western Mail’s “Run for Rockwood”, Where are they now? – Arthur Lemon by Wayne Thomas, have whistle will travel – Alun Richards to referee the All Blacks in Romania, will the Blue Dragons bite? by C Collins (an impartial, trying to be an unbiased rugby person), know the laws by Fred Croster, schools’ notes, youth notes, new laws are a bind by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), WRU referees’ conference, Pen and Den again – Bob Penberthy (Pontypridd RFC) and Dennis Hughes (Newbridge RFC) by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Aberaeron Sevens – action photos, Wally Jones (Life Member and former Chairman of Cwmbran RFC) receives Castella Award, proposed Schweppes WRU Cup changes, North Wales notes by Dick Williams, the return of HTV Wales’ weekly sports programme “Sports Arena”, Caerphilly RFC in Canada, picture flashback – action photo of an historic moment – Sid Judd’s try when Cardiff beat New Zealand in 1953, letters to the editor.

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November 1981 – AUSTRALIA TOUR TO BRITISH ISLES – Schweppes WRU Cup first round draw, top chat – Fred Croster talks with RH Williams (Chairman of the “Big Five”), scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail). WRU official news – coaching and refereeing department – the new laws work by John Dawes (WRU Coaching Organiser), down to earth by John O’Shea (Evening Press, Dublin), the Crawshay image by John Reed (Sunday Express), Wooller’s world – the Welsh reserve squad by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), world champions I fear for by Carwyn James (The Guardian), “Big Five” press conference, where are they now? by Wayne Thomas – John Gwilliam, know the laws by Fred Croster, picture flashback – action photo of an historic moment – England v Wales 1935, profile and double page poster of Rhodri Lewis (Cardiff & Wales), top clubs, the ugly truth behind the battle of Eden Park by Wilf Nussey (Johannesburg Star), obituary of Roy John (Neath & Wales) by Fred Croster, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, top district clubs – East Wales round-up by Chris Jones – West Wales round-up by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), Wallabies’ pen pictures and fixtures in Wales, Wales Youth main fixtures and Schools Under 19 Group fixtures, Blue Dragons report by Chris Jones, club fixtures, letters to the editor, Llandovery College success, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Arthur Hickman, top rugby figure honoured – Judge Rowe Harding, Schweppes WRU Cup 2nd preliminary round results, Maesteg RFC centenary promise(s), prestigious date change – Newport v Barbarians, more seats in the stand – Cardiff RFC’s North Stand.

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December 1981 – AUSTRALIA TOUR TO BRITISH ISLES – Schweppes WRU Cup first round results and draw for the second round, Newport v Barbarians fixture switched, top chat – Fred Croster talks with Sir Nicholas Shehadie (Australian Tour Manager), WRU official news – coaching and refereeing department, history made at Ninian Park – Wales 15 England 22 - first Rugby league international, scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), “one cap wonders” by Brian Wall (South Wales Echo), Wooller’s world – shooting in the dark by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Bryn Evans, “Pooler” pay tribute to captains – 16 former Pontypool RFC captains attended a special celebration evening, where are they now? – Ned Jenkins by Wayne Thomas, official opening of Cross Keys RFC clubhouse, know the laws by Fred Croster, picture flashback – action photos of historic moments – Wales v England 1951 and Ireland v Wales 1950, all ready for a clean sweep – carpet made up in Cardiff RFC colours, Monmouthshire League, profile and double page poster of Tony Shaw (Australian tour captain), top clubs, WRU Charity Trust donation of £5,000, Midlands’ notes – Welsh whistlers afield by Dick Williams, Tony Ward for Dragons? All Whites Former Players’ Association, player of the future – Richard Lloyd Davies, top district clubs – West Wales Round-up by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail) – East Wales round-up by Chris Jones (Western Mail), the injury syndrome by John O’Shea (Dublin), modernisation plan at Murrayfield, Eric Clarke (Carmarthen Athletic RFC) receives Castella Award, Carmarthen Athletic Club RFC – a list of world sporting greats who have donated boots or shoes to the club, letters to the editor, club fixtures, schools’ notes - Welsh Schools’ mini festival, Dewar Shield second round results, Dewar KO for Swansea, youth notes - Bridgend & District go out of cup, Wallabies in Wales – team and action photos and the results so far, Newport Schools and Cardiff Schools team photos.

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Spring Special 1982 – Whitbread’s Merit cash increase, top chat – Fred Croster talks with Bleddyn Williams, WRU official news – coaching and refereeing department – training and development of referees by Malcolm Lewis (WRU Assistant Coaching Organiser), Wales 7 England 17 – facts, figures and action photos, Monmouthshire League by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), letters to the editor, scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Wooller’s world by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), cricketers in South Africa, John “T” Reason – why I admire Wales so much, Kelly College nursery for Welsh rugby players, where are they now – Meirion Roberts by Wayne Thomas, public eye – who really makes the confusing laws, picture flashback – action photos of historic moments – Allan Marin in action for the British Lions in 1980 and Wales v England 1939, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – George Hirst, refs’ match – Cardiff & District Referees v Paris & District Referees, profile and double page poster of Terry Homes (Cardiff, Wales & Lions), top clubs, Wallabies return to Ogmore Vale, Jack Mears (Senghenydd RFC) receives Castella Award, Wilkinson presented a silver sword inscribed with the names of Welsh captains – photo of 25 captains at the presentation, Midlands’ notes – half term reports by Dick Williams, top district clubs – East Wales round-up by Chris Jones (Western Mail) – West Wales round-up by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), congrats Ireland whither Scotland by Carwyn James (The Guardian), England by John Reed (Sunday Express), Wales v France – assessment and action photos, schools and youth – fixtures, trial for Swansea College students, mini marvels, Rhondda youth stronghold, Crawshay Cup, Dewar Shield action between Cardiff & Newport, Schweppes WRU Cup quarter-finals – photos, results and assessment with draw for the semi-finals, Stowe School of Sport, the match that never was by Anne O’ Sullivan.

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May 1982 – top chat – Fred Croster talks with Mervyn Davies on forwards today, Sydney Welsh RUFC, WRU official news – coaching and refereeing department – Where are we going? by John Dawes, a different cup final – French Club Championship Final – Beziers v Bagneres by Wyn Rees, no excuse Wales by Carwyn James (The Guardian), letters to the editor, scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Wooller’s world – never stay down by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), glum – review of Wales’ season in the Five Nations by John BIllot (Western Mail), it’s time Little Dai pinched some of Goliath’s cup gold! by Brian Wall (South Wales Echo), where are they now? – Tom Lewis by Wayne Thomas, Welsh Brewers’ Cup Final – Glyncorrwg v Llantrisant, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – father and son Howell and E Howie Jones, picture flashback – action photos of historic moments – Ireland v Wales 1952 and Wales v New Zealand 1935, public eye, Devonport Services reunion, the state of rugby un Wales – Ieuan Evans heads a special investigation, honour for the Scarlets – IAA (Ian) MacGregor and RH (Rhys) Williams, double page poster of Wales team and replacements against Scotland 1982, top clubs by Jeremy King, goodbye Allan – Allan Martin (Aberavon, Wales & Lions) retires, know the laws by Fred Croster, women in rugby by Deidre Lord, Eddie Humphreys (Glamorgan Wanderers RFC) receives Castella Award, top district clubs – East Wales round-up by Chris Jones (Western Mail) – West Wales round-up by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), Schweppes WRU Cup semi-finals – report and action photos from both games, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, youth notes, Welsh Schools’ Rugby Union by JT Richards, Wales v England youth international – match and action photos, Welsh Schools (Under 16) v England Schools match report, Wales Schools team photo that beat Irish Schools, Possibles v Probables Under 15s photo, DS Thomas Cup Under 11.

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June/July 1982 –public eye – the dictum of the good book, top chat – Fred Croster talks to Gareth Davies (Cardiff, Wales & Lions), obituary of Fred Croster – a tribute by Wilf Wooller, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Billy Neill and Ifor Thomas, The Ella brothers by Carwyn James (The Guardian), Welsh Guards capture Army Cup, going further north, letters to the editor, scoreboard – facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail) – most points Gary Pearce (Bridgend) 391, most tries Goff Davies (Pontypool) 28, most conversions Gary Pearce (Bridgend) 65, most penalties Gary Pearce (Bridgend) 65, most drop goals Phil Jones (Neath) 9, biggest winning margin Swansea 73 Cross Keys 3, WRU news – coaching and “the middlemen”, courses for players, coaches and referees, following in father’s stud marks! by Brian Wall (South Wales Echo), picture flashback – action photos of historic moments, where are they now – Roger Michaelson by Wayne Thomas, Morris Davies (Chairman of Seven Sisters RFC) receives Castella Award, double tops – how Cardiff won two trophies against Bridgend on the same ground and on the same day, top clubs, double page poster of Cardiff RFC squad 1981-82 – Welsh Club Champions and Schweppes WRU Cup Winners, top district clubs, Welsh Polytechnic win a six nations tournament in Bilbao, Welsh Brewers’ Cup Final – Llantrisant beat Glyncorrwg – team photo of victorious team, West Wales Rugby Union Championship final league tables, Wooller’s World – decline and fall of Glamorgan CCC by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), South Wales cricket round-up by Jeremy King, with the schools – memo to teachers: are your boys insured and are you contributing enough?, all square at mini festival, team photos of Welsh Under 18 team against Ireland at Neath and Cardiff in their Dewar Shield match with Newport, Intermediate Group Under 15s results, farewell to Harry – Hedley, under 15 county results, Gwent League round-up by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), Crawshay’s Welsh RFC, Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, photo of Mold RFC, Gareth Edwards unveils a bronze statue of himself at St David’s Shopping Centre in Cardiff.

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August 1982 – if I were John Bevan (new Welsh coach)…by Carwyn James, WRU news – coaching the good and the bad – club treasurers: friends or foes? by John Dawes (WRU Coaching Organiser), Sevens at the other Cross Keys – in Harpenden, know the laws – goodbye to the short line-out?, Sch…or how three veterans of a famous match got together at Cardiff’s Angel Hotel, top chat – with David Richards (Swansea, Wales & Lions), the shortest AGM on record by JBG Thomas, short profile of Hermas Evans (WRU President), calling all Welshmen overseas, where are they now – Harold Thomas by Wayne Thomas, Dewar Shield first round draw, Wooller’s world - law and disorder by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), exit the South Stand – photo of the development of the National Ground, public eye – too much too young?, who are they by Wayne Thomas – Frank “Dafen” Evans, winning is not always everything by John Rees (Sunday Express), new men in the hot seats – Terry Cobner is the new member of the “Big Five” and Keith Rowlands has joined the International Board, top clubs complied by Jeremy King, focus on Pontypool RFC by JBG Thomas including a double page team photo in colour, beat that…played 23 won 23 is the record of Graig Comprehensive School in Llanelli, manufacturer’s news – playing safe in new range of boots, CD Williams (Chairman of Cardiff RFC) receives the Western Mail Club Championship plaque, letters to the editor, for the record - Brynmor Williams signs for Cardiff Blue Dragons, history as Newport becomes “democratic”, short tour makes it harder for the Lions, fixture moves and Sevens doubts, new team to lead Welsh Rugby magazine – editorial “squad” of JBG Thomas and Duncan Gardiner and Wilf Wooller, with the schools – exploitation of schoolboys under fire, presentation successes for Cynon Valley Schools Rugby Union, Gwent fight back to share new Under 19 counties cup (Wallis Challenge Cup) with South Glamorgan, closer harmony stressed, when Wales beat England…, why can’t we do as well as Wembley?, should under 16s play in international tournament, success of the junior Scarlets, team photos of Mid Glamorgan Under 17 and West Glamorgan Under 17 – Mid beat West to win the Wallis Challenge Trophy, West Wales round-up – ups and downs of league rugby by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), East Wales round-up – rich pedigree fruitful future by Chris Jones (Western Mail), Midlands’ notes by Dick Williams, are you insured? 

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September 1982 – Sevens up – Duncan Gardiner looks at a rugby and social success at Aberaeron plus the results of the tournament, WRU official news – a Kiwi’s view of our coaching (Bruce Friar), the Maoris are coming by Dewi Griffiths (BBC producer), Wooller’s world – those boots are meant for kicking by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), top chat – with Gwyn Evans, domination of the boot – a look at the penalty goal in the 1982 Five Nations, Welsh Rugby magazine photographer John Harris wins a prize at the National Eisteddford, lessons from the new Ellis Park by Carwyn James, where are they now – Gerwyn Williams by Wayne Thomas, public eye – permissive problems, focus on Bridgend RFC by JBG Thomas including a double page team photo in colour, top clubs compiled by Jeremy King, dear sir…letters to the editor, Davis the England coach gets organised by John Reed (Sunday Express), Sevens up – JBG Thomas sees Swansea dominate the Snellings plus results of the tournament, Monmouthshire notes – re-styled championship brings excitement by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), Midlands’ notes – Welsh Wolves help bring success in Black Country by Dick Williams, for the record – news round-up, Mid and East Wales – Trevor’s retirement leaves big gap at Llanharan by Chris Jones (Western Mail), with the schools – school chiefs gaze into the future to produce some serious warnings, give us more cash to let us get on with the job, , diary details for season 1982-83 – schools’ fixtures, Belgian visitors on WRU coaching course, “not much time for rugby? don’t be blasphemous mun…” by Bruce J Hawksbee, who are they by Wayne Thomas – Stan Davies.

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October 1982 – the big boot scandal – my six points to put rugby back on the right road by JBG Thomas, Woolller’s world – the big boot scandal by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), WRU page – nineteen points that brought a Lions tour to Sophia Gardens by John Dawes, top chat – with Colin Smart (Newport & England), why the Romanians must change approach by Carwyn James, rovers and flankers – JBG Thomas on the wing forward story, photo of the building of the new South Stand at the National Ground, scoreboard – the facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), focus on London Welsh RFC by JBG Thomas including a double page team photo in colour, top clubs compiled by Jeremy King, where are they now? – Billy Hullin by Wayne Thomas, the Maoris are coming – JBG Thomas analyses the eagerly awaited tourists, dear sir…letters to the editor, with the schools – appeal to Wales to host “home tours”, John Rees (Secretary of the Welsh Schools Junior Group) puts forward his three wishes for 1982-83, John Reed (Sunday Express) raps some top English clubs – farcical anomalies for the RU counties, North Wales news – North Wales Rugby Union is 50 years young and going strong by Dick Williams, Mid and East Wales – flying favourite PL Jones takes over at Pencoed by Chris Jones (Western Mail), West Wales – former Swansea skipper Mike Thomas coaches centenary-celebrating Skewen, Monmouthshire notes – Abergavenny kick off with giant-killing act by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), Midlands’ notes – Coventry Welsh grow in fixtures and comfort by Dick Williams.

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November 1982 – NEW ZEALAND MAORIS IN WALES – Maori magic on and off the pitch by Peter Reilly (New Zealand journalist), hard centres – when 2 x 5/8 can = perfection by Carwyn James, top chat – with Ray Gravell (Llanelli, Wales & Lions), scoreboard – the facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Wooller’s world – prisoners on the treadmill by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), public eye – nick-pitting exercises?, John Reed (Sunday Express) fears for the Fijian future, who will be the Lions by Chris Rea (former Scottish international), double page poster of the WRU national squad, top clubs compiled by Jeremy King, WRU official news – state of the game: what the coaches think by John Dawes, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Arthur B Edwards, Monmouthshire notes – 100% Bedwas make baffling cup departure by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), Midlands’ notes – festival rugby as Walsall hit the headlines again by Dick Williams, North Wales news – it’s tough but experience will make standards higher by Dick Williams, Mid and East District – winger Phil scores with lively centenary book by Chris Jones (Western Mail), Napoleon of the Barbarians (Herbert Waddell) by JBG Thomas, where are they now? – Les Manfield by Wayne Thomas, with the schools – question of insurance, Dewar Shield results (under 15), Gilbert Match of the Month Award Cynon Valley 8 Pontypridd 7, £4,500 booster for senior tournament, Wallis Cup senior fixtures.

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December 1982 – NEW ZEALAND MAORIS IN WALES – welcome back any time – analysis of the Maori tour of success and disappointment by Clem Thomas (The Observer), where are the classical centres? asks Carwyn James, top chat – with Clive Norling (international referee), the great deception – the controversial New Zealand penalty that beat Wales in 1978, “boot money” statement, David Parry-Jones’ Christmas Celtic quiz, Wooller’s world – the long fuse of a rugby firework by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), scoreboard – the facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), where are they now? – Russell Robins by Wayne Thomas, focus on Llanelli RFC by JBG Thomas including a double page team photo in colour, top clubs compiled by Jeremy King, know the laws – John West (one of the world’s top referees) looks at and clarifies a problem area for players and alickadoos, WRU official news – a structure for coaching, Monmouthshire news – kicker Kevin crosses and also converts by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), Pembrokeshire – former pushovers (Llangwm) produce the shocks by Colin Phillips, Midlands’ notes – Doctor who operates on radio by Dick Williams, West Wales – Coach Keri Coslett keeps occupied by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), North Wales news – Delyn’s family affair by Dick Williams, public eye – paymasters general?, obituary of Ivor Jones by JBG Thomas, with the schools – Dewar shield results (under 15), Gilbert Match of the Month Award Carmarthen 12 Newport 8, new finalist certain – preliminary round draw for the DC Thomas Cup (under 11), Welsh Schools’ Rugby Union appoint Press Officers – Dil Volk, Keri Davies, Dave Matthews and Peter Richards, discrimination at Millfield, priority sought for WRU trust.

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January 1983 – international preview – selection will be as decisive as the tactical approach by JBG Thomas, Ian McLauchlan fears that the front five may let down Scotland, the psychological dangers or why age may be a barrier to Ireland by Edmund van Esbeck, England’s sights on another title by Duncan Gardiner, top chat – with Eddie Butler (Pontypool & Wales), Welsh Association of Sports Trainers AGM, scoreboard – the facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Wooller’s World – trials and errors by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Carwyn James believes the Gnoll test (Welsh Trial) is necessary, death of Carwyn James, focus on Newport RFC by JBG Thomas including a double page team photo in colour, top clubs compiled by Jeremy King, public eye – for the Young and Gould, WRU official news – what’s wrong with the game? by John Dawes, West Wales – dog fight down in the West by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), Pembrokeshire – sad warning for Peter Griffiths by Colin Phillips, Mid and East District – Pentyrch go for their centenary in style by Chris Jones (Western Mail), Monmouthshire notes – Blackwood or Bedwas the team of 1983 by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), Midlands’ notes – closed curtains and fine fellowship by Dick Williams, North Wales news – ambitious Rhyl on the move by Dick Williams, where are they now – Graham Powell by Wayne Thomas, Dando, Lana and I were there by Peter Rogers.

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February 1983 – INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL – JBG Thomas looks back at battles with the old enemy, John Scott (Cardiff & England) asks history is against us but are the laws of averages?, the top ten in the number 9 shirt, a trial lesson for England…and if the Welsh selectors have got it right, beware…by John Reed (Sunday Express), Wooller’s world – patterns may not change but not hopes by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), top chat – with Clive Rowlands (former Pontypool & Wales scrum half and now Welsh Selector), top clubs compiled by Jeremy King, colour photos of the Probables and Possibles teams at the Welsh Trial at the Gnoll, scoreboard – the facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Schweppes WRU Cup third round results and the draw for the fourth round, the kind of Lions we need by John Dawes (WRU Coaching Organiser), WRU seek sponsorship, North Wales news – ambitious Ruthin look further by Dick Williams, West Wales – reluctant ex-cap captain by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), Midlands’ notes – sad death of John Butt (Moseley RFC) by Dick Williams, Mid and East Wales – light at the end of the tunnel and the re-start of the Rainbow by Chris Jones, Monmouthshire notes – if only they had been drawn at home…by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), Pembrokeshire – unbeaten Narberth stride on by Colin Phillips, tributes to Carwyn James from Onllwyn Brace and Alun Richards (author), where are they now? – Roy Burnett by Wayne Thomas, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Dai Hiddlestone, public eye – dollar be praised, answers to David Parry-Jones’ quiz.

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March 1983 – INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL – Wales at the crossroads but can Irish motivation overcome the age gap? By Clem Thomas (The Observer), fire, brimstone, considerable skill – and the luck of the Irish by JBG Thomas, Wooller’s world – a passing fancy…by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), top chat – with Graham Price (Pontypool, Wales & Lions), scoreboard – the facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), Schweppes WRU Cup quarter-finals results and action photos with the semi-finals draw, Welsh Brewers’ Cup quarter-finals results and draw for the semi-finals, top clubs compiled by Jeremy King, double page team photo of Welsh XV against England 1983, WRU official news – serious warning from abroad – 
no one must do to Wales what Hungary did to England by William Morgan Thomas (WRU coach who is Head of PE at St Andrew’s Scots School in Argentina), Corris Thomas (former international referee) discusses the difficulties facing the men in the middle – contrary to popular belief refereeing in from of 75,000 is relatively free from pressure, North Wales news – breaking the Brewers’ Mold…by Dick Williams, West Wales – Llandovery join the elite by Malcolm Lewis (Western Mail), Midlands’ notes – the Redbrick role by Dick Williams, Mid and East Wales – why Ynysybwl may have double reason to celebrate by Chris Jones (Western Mail), Monmouthshire notes – when low scoring need not be boring by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), where are they now? – DK (Ken) Jones by Wayne Jones, who are they? by Wayne Thomas – WJ (Billy) Spiller, public eye – what Price criticism, fruity and plenty of body – banquet following the Wales v England draw.

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April 1983 – battle for the International Championship by JBG Thomas, Wooller’s world – the twits who should pay the penalty by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), Schweppes WU Cup Final preview – it’s east v west again (Pontypool v Swansea) by John Billot (Sports Editor, Western Mail), where are they now? – Dr CD (Derek) Williams by Wayne Thomas, a pride of Welsh Lions – tour party and fixtures of the 1983 British Lions tour to New Zealand, scoreboard – the facts and figures in Welsh rugby by Peter Jackson (Daily Mail), top clubs, colour photos of Wales v Ireland and France v Wales, focus on Aberavon RFC by JBG Thomas including a team photo in colour, Duncan Gardiner learns about plans to attract Wales to the Hong Kong Sevens – exotic invitation to be accepted with care, WRU official news – unusual warnings for the middle-man – why the referee’s problems don’t end with rucks, mauls and line outs…by Denzil Lloyd (former international referee), Monmouthshire notes – Pontypool United seek a double boost by Robin Davey (South Wales Argus), North Wales scene – combined youth side squad may be formed at go-ahead Bangor by Dick Williams, Midlands’ scene – Welshmen are the Aston “villains” by Dick Williams, who are they by Wayne Thomas – W Emerson, public eye – black-stabbing?, how an exile is helping world’s oldest club to succeed by Bruce J Hawksbee.

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Lions Special 1983 (last issue) – BRITISH LIONS IN NEW ZEALAND – what went wrong with the Lions – two controversial views from Irish journalists in New Zealand by Edmund van Esbeck (Irish Times) and Sean Diffley (Irish Independent), WRU official news – WRU Coaching Organiser John Dawes looks ahead – the game in Spain is mainly in need of experience and size…but the young tourists will have gained much, draw for the preliminary rounds of the 1983-84 Schweppes WRU Cup, Crawshay’s Welsh RFC’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a chance to vet South Africa?, why the road to an English cap goes by way of Gwent by Robin Davey, focus on Swansea RFC by JBG Thomas including a double page team photo in colour, the flying Bishop – David Bishop in action for Steepholme in the International Sevens in Amsterdam, where are they now – BEW (Barney) McCall by Wayne Thomas, Wooller’s world – my reaction to the rugby coup is codswallop by Wilf Wooller (Sunday Telegraph), who are they? by Wayne Thomas – Brian Sparks, the renegade – “what on earth made you throw away an almost certain Welsh cap?” by JR Jones, North Wales news – Llandudno spread their wings by Dick Williams, Midlands’ news – a Midlands trial that ends memorably in Risca…by Dick Williams, Pentyrch RFC – much more than a story of a club…by JBG Thomas, Baglan take Welsh Brewers’ Cup – team photos of the finalists Baglan and Heol y Cyw.

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