Kel Coslett

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Kel Coslett
Full name Thomas Kelvin Coslett
Date of birth 14 Jan, 1942
Place of birth Bynea, Wales
Height 6'0"
Weight 94kg
Rugby league career
Position Fullback, Centre, Prop, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
St. Helens
Rochdale Hornets
531 3,413

National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1963—75 Wales 13 (19)
Teams coached
Rochdale Hornets
St. Helens
Rugby league career
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1961—62 Aberavon RFC
Llanelli RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1962 Wales 3 (3)

Kelvin "Kel" Coslett (born 14 Jan 1942)[1][2] is a Welsh rugby footballer of the 1960s and '70s, and coach of the 1970s and '80s. He was a national representative player for Wales in both rugby league and rugby union, a dual-code international.[3]

Rugby union[edit]

He was fullback in rugby union and made his international debut for Wales in the 1962 Five Nations Championship match against England. He also appeared that year in the Tests against Scotland and France before shifting to the professional code in 1962 with St. Helens.

Rugby league[edit]

Coslett had 15 seasons at St Helens up till 1976. He was a brilliant goalkicker landing 1,639 career goals and scoring 45 tries for the club. He started as a tough-tackling, raw-boned youngster. A broken ankle later in his career cost his blistering pace, but he remained ever a dangerous player with the ball in hand.

Coslett ended up a utility player, playing in every position from full-back to loose-forward for St Helens. After the 1972 Challenge Cup final he was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance, he played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10 in St. Helens' 20-5 victory over Widnes in the 1975–76 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8 May 1976.

Kel Coslett played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, and was captain 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.[4]

Coslett went on to coach Wigan and Rochdale Hornets and remains involved at the St Helens club 50 years after first signing.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final appearances[edit]

Kel Coslett played Loose forward/Lock, and scored two conversions 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]

Career Records[edit]

Kel Coslett is one of less than ten Welshmen to have scored more than 2000-points in their rugby league career[6] and with 3545-points is sixth on British rugby league's "most points in a career" record list behind Neil Fox, Jim Sullivan, Gus Risman, John Woods, and Cyril Kellett.[7]


  1. ^ Kel Coslett rugby union profile
  2. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ "World Club Challenge 1976 at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "1968–1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Robert Gate (1988). "Gone North - Volume 2". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-3-6
  7. ^ "Sinfield close to moving up all-time points list". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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