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The pride of WalesJohn GriffithsAugust 19, 2014
Who are Wales's top ten Test captains? Stephen Edwards, Wales
The early record-holder was Newport's Arthur Gould who led Wales 18 times between 1889 and 1897, his tenure including the first Welsh Triple Crown season in 1893.
The record stood for nearly a century until Ieuan Evans overtook him in 1994. Only Ryan Jones (33 times) has now led Wales more often than Evans (28). Sam Warburton, the current skipper, is third on the list, one behind Evans.
Arguably the most remarkable Welsh captaincy record is that of Clive Rowlands. He was captain every time he played for Wales in a Test: 14 occasions between his cap debut against England in 1963 and his final Test, against France in a failed Grand Slam bid in Paris in 1965.
|33||R P Jones||2008 to 2013|
|28||I C Evans||1991 to 1995|
|27||S K Warburton||2011 to 2014|
|22||R Howley||1998 to 1999|
|22||C L Charvis||2002 to 2004|
|21||Gareth Thomas||2003 to 2007|
|19||J M Humphreys||1995 to 2003|
|18||A J Gould||1889 to 1897|
|14||DCT Rowlands||1963 to 1965|
|14||W J Trew||1907 to 1913|
John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.