|Full name||David Gwyn Francis|
|Date of birth||2 February 1896|
|Place of birth||Gorseinon, Wales|
|Date of death||7 May 1987(aged 91)|
|Place of death||Reading, England|
|University||Jesus College, Oxford|
|Rugby union career|
|Years||Club / team|
|Oxford University RFC
London Welsh F.C.
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
Francis was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, where he was part of the college rugby team that won the Oxford University inter-collegiate cup in 1920. Francis also played for the University rugby team, winning his "Blue" in 1919. He won his first cap for Wales in 1919, playing at lock in a friendly against a New Zealand Services XV. In 1921 he took charge of Rugby at Reading School, and in 1924 captained London Welsh RFC and Surrey RFC. He won his second cap in 1924, playing against Scotland in the Home Nations Championship. He was a rugby referee for 28 years, and helped to found the Berkshire Rugby Football Union, serving as chairman for 24 years. A club room at Redingensians R.F.C. (a club that was formed for former pupils of Reading School) is named after Francis, as is a prize awarded by Berkshire rugby referees for club hospitality.
- Baker, J. N. L. (1971). Jesus College, Oxford 1571–1971. London: Oxonian Press Ltd. p. 120. ISBN 0-9502164-0-2.
- Jones, Gareth (29 November 2005). "Redingensians Rugby: Club History". Redingensians R.F.C. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
- "Gwyn Francis". www.scrum.com. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
- "Gwyn Francis Award". Windsor RFC. Retrieved 12 May 2008.[dead link]
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