David Jenkins (rugby, born 1904)

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David Jenkins
Full name David Rees Jenkins
Date of birth (1904-04-12)12 April 1904
Place of birth Resolven, Wales
Date of death 13 August 1951(1951-08-13) (aged 47)
Place of death Whitley Bay, England[1]
Notable relative(s) David Jenkins (son)
Rugby league career
Position(s) Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1929-? Leeds RLFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1929 Great Britain 1 ()
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Resolven RFC[2]
Neath RFC
Swansea RFC
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1927–1929 Wales[3] 2 (0)

David "Dai" Jenkins (12 April 1904 – 13 August 1951) was a Welsh dual-code international rugby footballer who played rugby union for Swansea and rugby league for Leeds RLFC, and representing internationally in both sports.

Rugby career[edit]

Jenkins joined Swansea from Neath in 1924, and while with Swansea faced two touring international teams. In 1927 he played against the New Zealand Māori rugby union team and then in 1927 the New South Wales Waratahs. Jenkins gained his first cap for Wales team when he was selected to face the Waratahs again in their 1927 tour. Jenkins only other Welsh union cap was in the 1929 Five Nations Championship when he was chosen to face England on 19 January. Under the captaincy of Ivor Jones, Wales lost their eighth consecutive game at Twickenham with the final score 8-3 to England. Jenkins may have gained further caps but when the next Welsh game was played on 2 February, Jenkins was playing rugby league for Leeds RLFC, having switched codes for £370, (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £70,500 in 2009).[4] He went on to represent against Australia in the 1929 Ashes series.[5]

International matches played[edit]



It is often incorrectly assumed that David "Dai" Jenkins, Snr. was the father of the rugby league footballer, David "Dai" Jenkins, Jr.. However, this is not the case, as Dai Jenkins, Jr. was actually the son of Richard Jenkins, and Rachel (née Howells) whose marriage was registered during July→September 1909 in Pontypridd district.[7]


  • Goodwin, Terry (1984). The International Rugby Championship 1883-1983. London: Willows Books. ISBN 0-00-218060-X. 
  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-0766-3. 


  1. ^ Swansea RFC player profiles
  2. ^ Ospreys player profiles
  3. ^ Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  4. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 23 April 2003. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. ^ Dai Jenkins at rugbyleagueproject.org
  6. ^ Smith (1980), pg 467.
  7. ^ "Birth details of Dai Jenkins, Jr. at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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