Charles Lewis (rugby union)

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Charles Lewis
Full name Charles Prytherch Lewis
Date of birth (1852-08-20)20 August 1852
Place of birth Llangadog, Wales
Date of death 28 May 1923(1923-05-28) (aged 70)
Place of death Llandovery, Wales
School Llandovery College
Cathedral School, Gloucester
University Jesus College, Oxford
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1882–1884 WalesWales 5 (0)
Charles Lewis
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Domestic team information
Years Team
1908–1911 Carmarthenshire
1876 Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 5
Runs scored 76
Batting average 10.85
100s/50s –/–
Top score 33
Balls bowled 1,133
Wickets 17
Bowling average 29.47
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 7/35
Catches/stumpings 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 August 2012

Charles Prytherch Lewis (20 August 1853 – 27 May 1923) was a Welsh international rugby union player, who won five caps between 1882 and 1884.


Lewis was born in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire.[1] He was educated at Llandovery College and Jesus College, Oxford, where he obtained an M.A. degree. Whilst he did not win a "Blue" for rugby, he was a triple "Blue" – he played cricket against Cambridge, won the hurdles race and threw the hammer.[2][3] In all, he played five matches for Oxford University Cricket Club in 1876, scoring 76 runs and taking 17 wickets, his best bowling figures being 7 wickets for 35 runs.[4]

He was a fullback and represented the Wales national rugby union team on five occasions (four times during the Home Nations Championship and one friendly). His debut for Wales was in a friendly on 28 January 1882 against Ireland, when he converted two tries.[1] This was only the second match that Wales had played.[5] In the following season, he played against England and Scotland, scoring a further conversion against Scotland. In the next year, he again played against England and Scotland, and converted a try against England.[1] He was captain of Wales in his first three matches.[2]

Lewis was the representative of Llandovery at the inaugural meeting of the Welsh Rugby Union in Neath on 12 March 1881. He was at that time a schoolmaster in Llandovery. Llandovery RFC is recognised as one of the founder-members of the WRU[6] on account of his representation of the town at the meeting. He became the first president of Llandovery RFC in 1885. He worked as a solicitor in Llandovery.[5] He was a member of the MCC and was once picked to play for England against Australia but failed to make the journey. He was a member of the town council in Llandovery (1889–1920), becoming an alderman in 1899 and twice serving as mayor (1894–95, 1904–05). He was appointed as a magistrate for Carmarthenshire in 1898. He died on 27 May 1923.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Charles Lewis". WRU Searchable Player Archive. Welsh Rugby Union. Retrieved 16 May 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Jenkinson, Leonard (1994–95). "Jesus College's Rugby Internationals". The Jesus College Record. Jesus College, Oxford: 62–63. 
  3. ^ a b Williams, Moelwyn Idwal. "Lewis, Charles Prytherch (1853–1923), Welsh Rugby footballer and Oxford 'triple Blue'". Welsh Biography Online. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 16 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Charles Lewis". Retrieved 16 May 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Llandovery RFC: The club". Llandovery RFC. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Fields of Praise, The Official History of the Welsh Rugby Union 1881–1981, David Smith, Gareth Williams (1980) pp41 ISBN 0-7083-0766-3