Danny Wilson (rugby league)

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Danny Wilson
Personal information
Born1955 (age 63–64)
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Rugby league
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1976–77 Widnes
1980–88 Swinton 180 62 49 39
Runcorn Highfield
Springfield Borough
Total 180 62 49 39 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1981–84 Wales 5 1 1 2 8
Source: [1]

Donald James "Danny" Wilson (born 1955) is a Welsh former rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s. A Wales national representative stand-off, he played his club rugby for Widnes,[2] Barrow, Swinton,[3] Runcorn Highfield and Springfield Borough.[1][4]


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.[5]

Wilson won five caps for Wales while at Swinton, in 1981–82 and 1984.[1]


Wilson is the father of former Manchester United and Wales footballer, and as of 2018 the Wales manager 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] [8]


  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugby.widnes.tv". rugby.widnes.tv. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ "A Brief History". swintonlionsrlc.co.uk (Swinton Lions). 2010. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ David Lawrenson (2007). "The Rugby League Miscellany [Page-6]". Vision Sport Publishing. ISBN 978-1-905326-30-3
  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.
  8. ^ http://www.faw.cymru/en/news/ryan-giggs-appointed-wales-national-team-manager/

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