Full name Gwyn Rowlands
Born December 19, 1928, Berkhamsted
Died April 30, 2010, Aylesbury (aged 81 years 132 days)
Major teams Wales
|Test debut||Wales v New Zealand at Cardiff, Dec 19, 1953 match details|
|Last Test||Wales v France at Cardiff, Mar 24, 1956 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Rowlands was a talented player and a member of the Cardiff and Wales teams that beat New Zealand in the space of five weeks in 1953.
He had dual qualifications for both England and Wales at international level and played in two trials for England in 1948-49 before accepting invitations to also play in two Wales trial matches the following season. He became a kicking wing and went on to top 100 points in a season twice.
In Cardiff's epic 8-3 victory over the All Blacks it was his cross-kick that set up the first try for Sid Judd, which he then converted.Shortly afterwards he raced 30 yards up the right touchline for the crucial second try.
His performance won him the first of his four Wales caps against the same opposition and again he made a major contribution with a penalty goal and two conversions as Wales triumphed 13-8.
Born in Berkhamste, he was a former pupil at Berkhamsted School and served in St Athans, Wales, when he was in the RAF on national service. He later took over from his father as a GP in his home town.