Dai Edwards

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Dai Edwards
Full name David Edwards
Date of birth (1896-03-21)21 March 1896
Place of birth Glynneath, Wales
Date of death 24 August 1960(1960-08-24) (aged 64)
Place of death Glynneath, Wales
Occupation(s) labourer, collier
Rugby league career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
after 1921 Rochdale Hornets ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1923–1925 Wales 2 (0)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
before 1921 Neath RFC
Glynneath RFC
Rhigos RFC
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1921 Wales 1 (0)

David "Dai" Edwards (21 March 1896 – 24 August 1960)[1] was an international rugby forward who played rugby union for Glynneath and rugby league with Rochdale Hornets. He won a single cap for Wales under the rugby union code and then represented his country at rugby league in two matches between 1923 and 1925.

Rugby career[edit]

Edwards rugby career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, in which Edwards fought for his country serving in the Welsh Guards. On the resumption of club rugby in 1919, Edwards rejoined his local team Glynneath, and was given the captaincy of the club in the 1919/1920 season. He retained the captaincy the following season, and in 1921 he won his first and only international cap as a rugby union player.[2] Edwards won his cap for the opening game of the 1921 Five Nations Championship, an encounter with England at Twickenham. Wales suffered from several injuries to players during the game and were comprehensively beaten. Edwards was not reselected for any of the remaining games of the tournament.

In 1921, Edwards surrendered his amateur status by joining professional rugby league team, Rochdale Hornets. His first match for the Hornets was on 27 August against Swinton.[2] He won two rugby league caps for Wales as a rugby league international, both games against England in 1923 and in 1925. Edwards played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12 in Rochdale Hornets' 10–9 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1922 Challenge Cup Final during the 1921–22 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 6 May 1922, in front of a crowd of 32,596.[3] Returning to Wales in the late 1920s, he coached Rhigos RFC, until he was stopped by the Welsh Rugby Union due to his background as a professional league player. He was however allowed to play for Rhigos during the Second World War.[2]

International matches played[edit]

Wales (rugby union)

Wales (rugby league)


  • Gate, Robert (1986). Gone North: Volume 1. Ripponden: R.E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-0-1. 
  • Godwin, Terry (1984). The International Rugby Championship 1883-1983. Grafton Street, London: Willow Books. ISBN 0-00-218060-X. 
  • Jenkins, John M.; et al. (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Rugby Players. Wrexham: Bridge Books. ISBN 1-872424-10-4. 


  1. ^ Dai Edwardsrugby union player profile Scrum.com
  2. ^ a b c Jenkins (1991), pg 49.
  3. ^ "Hornets' One And Only Challenge Cup Final Win". hornetsrugbyleague.co.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.