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REES , JOHN CONWAY ( 1870 - 1932 ), Rugby footballer ;

b. 13 Jan. 1870 , he was the son of Thomas Rees , Cloth Hall , Llandovery . He was educated at Llandovery College and Jesus College , Oxford ; he graduated in 1894 . Later he taught at Sherborne , Rossall , and Giggleswick schools. He was the first Welshman to captain the Oxford Rugby Club , and it was he who introduced the four three-quarter game — he himself played at centre-three-quarter . He played for many prominent clubs; Cardiff , the Barbarians , the ‘ London Welsh ’, Richmond , Blackheath , and, for four years, with Llanelly . He played on three occasions for Wales ( 1892-4 ) and he was a member of the first Welsh team to win the ‘ Triple Crown ’. He spent the last thirty years of his life as a master and headmaster in the north west provinces of India ; he d. 30 Aug. 1932 .


  • Cardiff Rugby Football Club History , 121;
  • The Times 3 Sept. 1932 ;
  • The Weekly Mail , 3 Sept. 1932 ;
  • Carmarthen Journal , 9 Sept. 1932


Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959