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Codebreakers

In total, we believe there have been 100 players who have played for Wales in two or more codes. These are split into four groups.

First, you have the 94 players who have heritage numbers for Wales in both rugby union and rugby league. That’s those who have won a full cap for both countries.

Then we have four of our international players who were awarded rugby union caps posthumously. Elwyn Gwyther, Glyn Turner, Brian Butler and Stuart Ferguson. Gwyther faced France in 1945 with the others taking on Argentina in 1968. Wales’ opposition considered the games full test matches whilst at the time, the WRU didn’t. This was corrected in 2013 when their caps, known as “President’s Caps” were awarded, done so not to cause a knock-on effect in the history books and alter their heritage numbers.

The legendary Jim Sullivan went north to Wigan before winning a Welsh rugby union cap. However he did play for Wales in British baseball after starting out with Splott YMCA. In 1921, while still aged 17, he faced England in Liverpool and clubbed 18 American-style runs. Dai Bishop also played for Wales in union, league and baseball.

The final codebreaker is the story of one David Davies from Llanelli who left the Scarlets for Swinton in 1899. He also turned out for Salford before switching codes and played in goal for Bolton Wanderers and won three Welsh caps. He then returned to the oval ball game and won a Welsh cap in our code making him the only footballer to play for Wales at both international association football, and international rugby league and is also the only person to have appeared in both the FA Cup Final and the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.

Click here for a full list of Wales Rugby League international players 

NAME DATE OF BIRTH BIRTHPLACE RU DEBUT WRU #
Dai Jones  1881 Tynewydd 1902 182
Billy O'Neill 05/06/1878 Cardiff 1904 196
Billy Dowell 21/05/1885 Pontypool 1907 217
Jake Blackmore 15/05/1883 Bedwellty 1909 230
Ben Gronow 10/03/1887 Bridgend 1910 234
Joe Pugsley 10/05/1885 Swansea 1910 237
Ernie Jenkins 20/09/1880 Upper Cwmbran 1910 238
Percy Coldrick 01/11/1888 Caerleon 1911 243
William Evans 23/03/1886 Nantyglo 1911 246
Willie Davies 27/12/1890 Aberavon 1912 253
Gus Merry 01/07/1888 Newport 1912 261
Bobby Lloyd 01/07/1888 Crickhowell 1913 276
Rees Richards  1886 Cwmafan 1913 277
Ike Fowler 27/08/1894 Pantyffynnon 1919 288
Jerry Shea 12/08/1892 Newport 1919 297
Bryn Williams 03/04/1895 Llanelli 1920 309
Edgar Morgan 17/05/1896 Llanelli 1920 312
Dai Edwards 21/03/1896 Glynneath 1921 314
Wilf Hodder 06/05/1896 Abersychan 1921 315
Johnny Ring 13/11/1900 Port Talbot 1921 318
Frankie Evans 03/04/1897 Dafen 1921 322
Ambrose Baker 07/07/1897 Swansea 1921 327
Joe Thompson 22/12/1902 Hambrook 1923 345
Arthur Evans 01/07/1901 Abersychan 1924 357
Mel Rosser 18/04/1901 Machen 1924 368
Jack Gore 16/06/1899 Blaina 1924 370
Joe Jones 15/03/1899 Pontardawe 1924 376
Eddie Williams 01/07/1898 Cwmllynfell 1924 380
Brinley Phillips 11/10/1900 Merthyr Tydfil 1925 384
Emlyn Watkins 21/09/1904 Blaina 1926 407
Billy Williams 29/12/1905 Crumlin 1927 414
David Jenkins 22/05/1901 Pyle 1926 425
Gwyn Davies 23/06/1908 Aberkenfig 1928 431
Harold Jones 22/12/1907 Ogmore Vale 1929 433
Jack Morley 28/07/1909 Newport 1929 435
Ocker Thomas  c. 1909 Merthyr Tydfil 1930 445
Hubert Day 08/05/1908 Griffithstown 1930 447
Norman Fender 02/09/1910 Cardiff 1930 450
Tommy Scourfield 01/01/1909 Pontypridd 1930 454
Dicky Ralph 21/01/1908 Abercarn 1931 458
Iorrie Isaacs 04/10/1910 Cilfynydd 1933 461
Lou Rees 07/01/1910 Treherbert 1933 471
Gomer Hughes 13/05/1910 Neath 1934 477
Dai Prosser 13/10/1912 Neath 1934 488
Arthur Bassett 28/06/1914 Kenfig Hill 1934 490
Con Murphy 03/09/1908 Aberfan 1935 491
Eddie Watkins 02/03/1916 Caerphilly 1935 498
Harold Thomas 19/02/1914 Neath 1936 501
Willie Davies 23/08/1916 Penclawdd 1936 503
Emrys Evans 24/04/1911 Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen 1937 505
Idwal Davies 10/11/1915 Llanelli 1939 518
Syd Williams 17/04/1918 Aberavon 1939 521
George Parsons 21/04/1926 Newbridge 1946 537
Les Williams 10/05/1922 Mynydd Y Garreg 1946 542
Ray Cale 18/07/1922 Usk 1949 557
Terry Cook 27/06/1927 Pontypridd 1949 561
Lewis Jones 11/04/1931 Gorseinon 1950 569
Garfield Owen 20/03/1932 Llanharan 1955 605
Colin Evans 20/11/1936 Blaenavon 1960 645
Kel Coslett 14/01/1942 Bynea 1962 667
John Warlow 13/02/1939 Dafen 1962 676
David Watkins 05/03/1942 Newport 1963 681
John Mantle 13/03/1942 Cardiff 1964 690
Terry Price 16/07/1945 Hendy 1964 695
Keith Jarrett 18/05/1948 Newport 1967 714
Bobby Wanbon 16/11/1943 Port Talbot 1968 723
Maurice Richards 02/02/1945 Ystrad 1964 727
Stuart Gallacher 22/05/1946 Llanelli 1970 737
Roy Mathias 02/09/1949 Llanelli 1970 739
John Bevan 28/10/1950 Tylorstown 1971 741
Glyn Shaw 11/04/1951 Rhigos 1972 745
Tommy David 02/04/1948 Pontypridd 1971 747
Steve Fenwick 23/07/1951 Nantgarw 1974 762
Brynmor Williams 29/10/1951 Cardigan 1974 772
Paul Ringer 28/01/1948 Leeds 1978 778
Clive Griffiths 02/04/1954 Loughor 1979 783
Rob Ackerman 02/03/1961 Ebbw Vale 1980 787
Gary Pearce 11/11/1960 Laugharne 1981 793
Adrian Hadley 01/03/1963 Cardiff 1983 812
Dai Bishop 31/10/1960 Cardiff 1984 819
Jonathan Davies 24/10/1962 Trimsaran 1985 827
John Devereux 30/03/1966 Bridgend 1986 830
Paul Moriarty 16/07/1964 Swansea 1986 833
Mark Jones 22/06/1965 Tredegar 1986 840
Dai Young 26/07/1967 Aberdare 1987 843
Richard Webster 09/07/1967 Swansea 1987 844
Rowland Phillips 28/07/1965 St David's 1987 845
Jonathan Griffiths 23/08/1964 Carmarthen 1987 855
Allan Bateman 06/03/1965 Caerau 1990 873
Scott Gibbs 23/01/1971 Bridgend 1991 889
Scott Quinnell 20/08/1972 Swansea 1993 911
Gareth Thomas 25/07/1974 Bridgend 1995 924
Iestyn Harris 25/06/1976 Oldham 2001 995
Anthony Sullivan 23/11/1968 Hull 2001 996
         
WRU PRESIDENTS CAPS      
Elwyn Gwyther  1921 Swansea 1945  
Brian Butler 16/02/1948 Felinfoel 1968  
Glyn Turner 22/03/1947 Nantyglo 1968  
Stuart Ferguson   Swansea 1968  
         
PLAYED FOR WALES RL AND ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL  AF DEBUT  FAW#
David Davies  1880 Llanelli  1904  223
         
PLAYED FOR WALES RL AND BRITISH BASEBALL  BB DEBUT  
Jim Sullivan  02/12/1903 Cardiff  1921