John Bevan (rugby)

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John Bevan
Full name John Charles Bevan
Date of birth (1950-10-28)28 October 1950
Place of birth Tylorstown, Rhondda, Wales
School Ferndale Grammar
University Cardiff College of Education
Occupation(s) Teacher
Rugby league career
Position Back, Second-row
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Great Britain
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Three-quarters
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Tylorstown RFC
Cardiff RFC
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Lions

John Charles Bevan (born 28 October 1950) is a Welsh international rugby footballer of the 1970s and '80s. He is one of two John Bevans who played for Wales during the 1970s.

Rugby career[edit]

His début for Wales came on 16 January 1971 during the Five Nations Championship when Wales played England. He crowned the win with a try as Wales ran out 22-6 winners. He played in all of the other games in the tournament, but did not score again, as Wales went on to win the championship and the Grand Slam.[1]

Starting his career in rugby union, he played for the Cardiff club and after being capped for Wales in 1971, Bevan toured Australia and New Zealand with the British Lions. He played in 14 matches including the first test and scored a total of 18 tries. The 17 scored in New Zealand equalled the record of Tony O'Reilly. He was a speedy winger (number 11) from Tylorstown South Wales and is chiefly remembered for his role in the Barbarians' victory over New Zealand in 1973, during which he scored a try. During his short international career Bevan scored 5 tries for Wales.

In September 1973, Bevan switched to rugby league and joined Warrington for the then massive signing on fee of £12,000. He played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in Warrington's 7-14 defeat to Widnes in the 1975 Challenge Cup final during the 1974–75 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1975. He made 332 appearances for the Warrington club in which he scored 201 tries usually on the Wing. He played for Wales and Great Britain.[2]

John earned the nickname "The Ox"

After 13 seasons, Bevan retired from the professional game. John Bevan's Testimonial match at Warrington took place in 1983.

International honours[edit]

John Bevan won caps for Wales (RL) while at Warrington 1975…1982 17-caps 5-tries 15-points.[3]

County Cup final appearances[edit]

John Bevan played Centre, i.e. number 4, and scored a try in Warrington's 26-10 victory over Wigan in the 1980 Lancashire Cup final during the 1980–81 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens, on Saturday 4 October 1980, played Centre, i.e. number 4, in the 16-0 victory over St. Helens in the 1982 Lancashire Cup final during the 1982–83 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 October 1982.

Career Records[edit]

John Bevan is one of fewer than twenty Welshmen to have scored more than 200-tries in their rugby league career.[4]

Personal history[edit]

He has taught at many schools including: Ferndale Boys School, Culcheth High School, English Martyrs School and Arnold School in Blackpool.[5]

In September 2000, after having stepped down as Director of Coaching for the Welsh Rugby Union, John Bevan joined the teaching staff at Monmouth School as a teacher of Religious Education and Director of Rugby Coaching. He currently coaches teams throughout the school, including the 1st XV who are unbeaten since he has been there. His catchphrase of "my granny could do better than that" meaning anything from tackle, to run, is perhaps the main reason for Monmouth's record of 123 games unbeaten.

Honoured at Warrington Wolves[edit]

John Bevan is a Warrington Wolves Hall of Fame inductee.[6]


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