Denzil Thomas 1929-2014
Welsh one-cap wonder dies
ESPN Staff
February 25, 2014

Denzil Thomas, who played one memorable game as a centre for Wales in 1954, has died after a long battle against Parkinson's Disease. He was 84.

A schoolteacher, Thomas was one of six new caps in the Welsh side to play Ireland in Dublin as selectors made sweeping changes after losing to England. Wales won 12-9 with Thomas kicking the winning drop-goal in the last minute, but the match was described by the Guardian as being "about as lifeless as you can get and almost devoid of incident".

Despite his kick, Thomas was dropped for the next game in Cardiff and was not selected again. His club career took in spells with Llanelli, Neath and Bath.

The bulk of his teaching career was at Greenhill Grammar School in Tenby. While there he was refereeing in a game when one of his three sons, Roger, suffered a fracture of his spine which left him paralysed

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