Bob Gould (rugby union)

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Bob Gould
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Bob Gould
Full name Robert Gould
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Place of death Nice, France[1]
Notable relative(s) Arthur Gould (brother)
Bert Gould (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Forward
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
London Welsh
Newport RFC
Richmond R.F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1882-1887 Wales 11[2] 0[2]

Bob Gould (1863 – 29 December 1931) was a Welsh international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Newport Rugby Football Club. He won 11 caps for Wales and captained them for one match. Gould is best known within the sport of rugby as the brother of Arthur 'Monkey' Gould, one of the first superstars of Welsh rugby.

Rugby career[edit]

Gould played most of his club rugby with Newport, spending 8 seasons with the club between 1879 and 1887. He captained Newport in his final season.

International career[edit]

Gould was first capped for Wales against Ireland on 28 January 1882.[3] He would play for Wales a further 10 times, captaining the team against Scotland on February 26, 1887. Gould would play his last five international games with his younger brother Arthur and the Scotland game of 1885 is noted as being the first international rugby game to have brothers on both sides. The Goulds for Wales and George and Richard Maitland for Scotland.

International matches played[edit]



  • Parry-Jones, David (1999). Prince Gwyn, Gwyn Nicholls and the First Golden Era of Welsh Rugby. Bridgend: seren. ISBN 1-85411-262-7. 
  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3. 
  • Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 


  1. ^ Newport RFC player profile
  2. ^ a b "Newport Gwent Dragons: Past player profiles". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  3. ^ WRU player profile
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 466.
Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Tom Clapp
Newport RFC Captain
Succeeded by
Theo Harding