Gwyn Francis

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Gwyn Francis
Full name David Gwyn Francis
Date of birth (1896-02-02)2 February 1896
Place of birth Gorseinon, Wales
Date of death 7 May 1987(1987-05-07) (aged 91)
Place of death Reading, England
University Jesus College, Oxford
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Oxford University RFC
Gorseinon RFC
Loughor RFC
Llanelli RFC
London Welsh F.C.
Leicester
London Counties
Surrey
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1919–1924 Wales 2 (0)

David Gwyn Francis (2 February 1896 – 7 May 1987) was a Welsh international rugby union player, who played for the Welsh national side twice (in 1919 and 1924).

Life[edit]

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.[1][2] He won his first cap for Wales in 1919, playing at lock in a friendly against a New Zealand Services XV.[3] In 1921 he took charge of Rugby at Reading School, and in 1924 captained London Welsh RFC and Surrey RFC.[2] He won his second cap in 1924, playing against Scotland in the Home Nations Championship.[3] He was a rugby referee for 28 years, and helped to found the Berkshire Rugby Football Union, serving as chairman for 24 years.[1] 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.[2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baker, J. N. L. (1971). Jesus College, Oxford 1571–1971. London: Oxonian Press Ltd. p. 120. ISBN 0-9502164-0-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Gareth (29 November 2005). "Redingensians Rugby: Club History". Redingensians R.F.C. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Gwyn Francis". www.scrum.com. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gwyn Francis Award". Windsor RFC. Retrieved 12 May 2008. [dead link]