Danny Wilson (rugby league)

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Danny Wilson
Personal information
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Fly-half
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Rugby league
Position Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1976–77 Widnes
1980–88 Swinton
Runcorn Highfield
Springfield Borough
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981–84 Wales 5 1 1 2 8
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org

Donald James "Danny" Wilson (born 1955) is a British former professional rugby league player of the 1970s, and 1980s. A Wales national representative stand-off half back, he played his club rugby for Widnes,[1] Swinton,[2] Runcorn Highfield and Springfield Borough.[3]

Born in Wales to a Welsh mother and a Sierra Leonean father, Wilson played rugby union for Cardiff RFC as a fly-half before moving north to play professionally in rugby league.

Wilson once scored five drop goals in a match for Swinton.[4]

Wilson won five caps for Wales while at Swinton, in 1981–82 and 1984.[5]

Wilson is the father of retired Manchester United footballer and former Welsh international Ryan Giggs,[6][7] who was christened Ryan Joseph Wilson but as a teenager changed his surname to that of his mother.[6] Giggs is said to have inherited his balance and athleticism from his father.[6]


  1. ^ "Statistics at rugby.widnes.tv". rugby.widnes.tv. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "A Brief History". swintonlionsrlc.co.uk (Swinton Lions). 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Graham Williams, Peter Lush, David Farrar (November 2009). "The British Rugby League Records Book". pp. 108–114. London League Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6
  4. ^ David Lawrenson (2007). "The Rugby League Miscellany [Page-6]". Vision Sport Publishing. ISBN 978-1-905326-30-3
  5. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Hughes, Rob (3 March 2009). "Ferguson and Giggs, side by side at ManU". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Wheeler, Chris (17 November 2006). "Different Giggs, different league . . . but every bit as Red". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 

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