Bobby Wanbon

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Robert Wanbon
Personal information
Full name Robert Wanbon
Nickname Bobby
Born (1943-11-16) 16 November 1943 (age 70)
Port Talbot, Wales
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Number eight
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤29 Jan 1968–29 Jan 68 Aberavon RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1968 Wales 1 1 0 0 3
Rugby league
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
29 Jan 1968–30 Aug 71 St. Helens
30 Aug 1971–≥75 Warrington
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1968–75 Wales 8 0 0 0 0

Robert "Bobby" Wanbon ( (1943-11-16) 16 November 1943 (age 70)) born in Port Talbot, is a Welsh dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s and '70s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales and at club level for Aberavon RFC, as a Number eight, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for St. Helens, and Warrington, as a Prop, or Second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.[1]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Wanbon won a cap for Wales (RU) while at Aberavon in 1968 against England on Saturday 20 January 1968, scoring a try.

He was one of four Aberavon RFC players in the Welsh team that day, the others were Billy Mainwaring, Maxwell Lloyd Wiltshire, and Paul James Wheeler.

He won caps for Wales (RL) while at Warrington in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against England, Australia, and New Zealand.[2]

Challenge Cup final appearances[edit]

Bobby Wanbon played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10 in Warrington's 7-14 defeat by Widnes in the 1974-75 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 10 May 1975.

Club career[edit]

Bobby Wanbon signed for St. Helens (RL) from Aberavon (RU) nine-days after appearing for Wales (RU) against England (RU), for £4500 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £114,000 in 2009).[3]


  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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