Basil Watts

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Basil Watts
Personal information
Full name Basil J. Watts
Nickname Baz
Born April→June 1926 (age 90–91)
York district, England
Playing information
Position Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1949–61 York 354 65 195
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1953 England 1 1 0 0 1
1954–55 Great Britain 5 1 0 0 3
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk

Basil "Baz" J. Watts (birth registered April→June 1926 (age 90–91)[1]) birth registered in York district, is an English professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s playing at representative level for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for York, as a Second-row, i.e. number 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Basil Watts won a cap for England while at York in 1953 against Other Nationalities,[2] and won caps for Great Britain while at York in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup against Australia, France, New Zealand, and France, and in 1955 against New Zealand (World Cup 1954 4-caps).[3]

Basil Watts played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in all four of Great Britain's 1954 Rugby League World Cup matches, including Great Britain’s 16-12 victory over France in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup Final at Parc des Princes, Paris on 13 November 1954.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Basil Watts played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in York's 8-15 defeat by Huddersfield in the 1957 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1957–58 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 19 October 1957.

Club career[edit]

Basil Watts made his début for York on Saturday 8 October 1949, and played last match on Saturday 6 May 1961.

Honoured at York Rugby League[edit]

The first seven players to be inducted into the York Rugby League Hall of Fame during March 2013 were; Geoffrey Pryce, Gary Smith, Vic Yorke, Norman Fender, Willie Hargreaves, Basil Watts, and Edgar Dawson.[4]

Genealogical information[edit]

Basil Watts' marriage to Gladys A. Rickatson was registered during April→June 1957 in York district.[5] They had children; Margaret Watts (birth registered during July→September 1959 (age 57–58) in Howden district)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Knights launch York Rugby League Hall of Fame". yorkpress.co.uk. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 

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