Stuart Watkins

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Stuart Watkins
Full name Stuart John Watkins
Date of birth (1941-06-05)5 June 1941
Place of birth Newport[1] Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 12 st 11 lb
School Caerleon Secondary Modern School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing[2]
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1963
1963-1969
1963-1964
1970
Cross Keys RFC
Newport RFC
Barbarian F.C.
Cardiff RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1964-1970
1966
Wales
British Lions
26
3
(27)
(0)

Stuart Watkins (born 5 June 1941) was a Welsh international rugby union wing who played club rugby for Newport and Cardiff.

Watkins began his rugby career at Cross Keys before switching to Newport in 1963, staying with the club for the majority of his career. In 1970, in a dispute about training, Watkins left Newport to join rival club Cardiff.

International career[edit]

Watkins made his international debut for Wales against Scotland on 1 February 1964. Played at the Cardiff Arms Park, it was Scotland's only defeat of the season and would be the key game in Wales winning the championship that year. Watkins would represent his country on 26 occasions, and his most notable game came against France on 26 March 1966. It was the final game of the tournament and Wales were trailing by 8 points to a team they had beaten only once in the last eight encounters.[3] Keith Bradshaw had dragged Wales back into the game with two penalty goals when Watkins intercepted a French three quarter movement on his own 25 yard line. He raced 75 yards down the right touch line to score a memorable try that not only gave Wales the match but also the championship.[4]

In 1966, Watkins was selected to play for the British Lions in their tour of New Zealand and Australia. Watkins would play in three of the tests.

International games played[edit]

Wales[5]

British Lions

Bibliography[edit]

  • Godwin, Terry (1984). The International Rugby Championship 1883-1983. Grafton Street, London: Willow Books. ISBN 0-00-218060-X. 
  • 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. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newport RFC player profile
  2. ^ WRU player profile
  3. ^ Godwn (1983), pg 314.
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 378.
  5. ^ Smith (1980), pg 473.