Dicky Ralph

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Dicky Ralph
Full name Albert Raymond Ralph
Date of birth (1908-01-21)21 January 1908
Place of birth Abercarn, Wales
Date of death 5 October 1989(1989-10-05) (aged 81)
Place of death Leamington Spa, England
School Pontywaun Grammar School
Rugby league career
Position Back
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1933-? Leeds R.L.
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1933 Wales 1 (0)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
 ?
?
1929-1930
1930-1933
Abercarn RFC
Caerleon RFC
London Welsh RFC
Newport RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1931-1932 Wales[1] 6 (17)

Dicky Ralph (21 January 1908 - 5 October 1989)[2] was a Welsh international rugby fly-half who played rugby union for Newport and rugby league with Leeds. He won six caps for Wales at rugby union and also represented his country at rugby league.[3]

International career[edit]

Ralph was first capped for Wales against France on February 28, 1931 under the captaincy of Jack Bassett. The game was a walk-over, with Wales winning 35-3, Ralph scored two tries of the seven scored by the Welsh team that day and unsurprisingly was reselected two weeks later to face Ireland. In a bruising encounter, Wales won at Ravenhill, with Ralph again on the score sheet, this time with a drop goal. Later that year he faced Bennie Osler's touring South African team twice, once with Newport, and then again in December as part of the Welsh team. Ralph appeared on the losing team on both occasions, though played some strong rugby during the international and his screw kicking on the day was excellent.

In the 1932 Home Nations Championship, Ralph was back in the squad, alongside his Newport team mate Jack Morley. Ralph played all three games, scoring against Ireland with a try and a drop goal. Ralph may have gained further caps, but switched codes to rugby league in 1933, joining Leeds. On 30 December 1933 Ralph played for the Wales rugby league team in an encounter with Australia, becoming a dual-code international.

International matches played[edit]

Wales (rugby union)

Wales (rugby league)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Billot, John (1974). Springboks in Wales. Ferndale, Glamorgan: Ron Jones Publications. 
  • Godwin, Terry (1984). The International Rugby Championship 1883-1983. Grafton Street, London: Willow Books. ISBN 0-00-218060-X. 
  • 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. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  2. ^ Newport RFC player profile
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Jack Morley
Newport RFC Captain
1932-1933
Succeeded by
Bill Everson