John Mantle (rugby)

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John Mantle
Full name John Thomas Mantle
Date of birth (1942-03-13)13 March 1942
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
School Bedwellty Grammar School
University Loughborough College
Rugby league career
Position Wing, Centre, Prop, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
St. Helens
Cardiff City (Bridgend) Blue Dragons
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Great Britain
Wales Wales
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Bargoed RFC
Loughborough Colleges
Newport RFC[1]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1964 Wales Wales[2] 2 (0)

John Mantle (born 13 March 1942) is a Welsh former dual-code international rugby player. He was capped for Wales at rugby union, and Great Britain, and Wales in rugby league.

Rugby career[edit]

Mantle began his rugby career at a young age, playing for the Wales School team. As an adult he played with Bargoed before switching to first class team Newport. While representing Newport, Mantle was selected for his two Welsh rugby union caps. His first was when he was selected as part of the touring Wales team to Africa. Mantle played in the early games of the tour, including wins over East Africa in Nairobi and Boland at Wellington. His first international was against South Africa in Durban in 1964, but Wales were outclassed and lost 24-3 in a one-sided match. Mantle played in the later games on the tour, including matches against Northern Transvaal and Orange Free State. On his return he played one final game in a win over England, at the Cardiff Arms Park as part of the 1963 Five Nations Championship.

Mantle may have won more caps for Wales, but 'Went North', switching to the professional rugby league code when he joined St. Helens in 1964. He would later play for the Great Britain rugby league team. John Mantle played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8 in St. Helens' 2-25 defeat to the 1975 NSWRFL season premiers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 29 June 1976.[3]

He was coach of the Cardiff City Blue Dragons.

International games played[edit]

Wales rugby union[4]

County Cup final appearances[edit]

John Mantle played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in St. Helens' 2-2 draw with Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire Cup final during the 1967–68 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 7 October 1967 (he was replaced by Kel Coslett in the replay), and played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 4-7 defeat by Leigh in the 1970 Lancashire Cup final during the 1970–71 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 November 1970.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final appearances[edit]

John Mantle played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11 in St. Helens' 4-7 defeat to Wigan in the 1968-69 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 16 December 1968.[5]


  • Thomas, Wayne (1979). A Century of Welsh Rugby Players. Ansells Ltd. 
  • 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. 


  1. ^ Newport RFC player profiles
  2. ^ WRU player profile
  3. ^ "World Club Challenge 1976 at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 469.
  5. ^ "1968-1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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