|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium pace|
|Source: Cricket Archive|
Richard Averill "Dickie" Lloyd (4 August 1891 in County Tyrone, Ireland – 23 December 1950 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) was an Irish cricketer and rugby union player. At cricket, he was a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler who played two first-class matches for the Ireland cricket team, also playing for Lancashire. In rugby union, he was a fly-half who played 19 times for the Ireland national rugby union team, scoring 72 points, and was regarded as one of the best goal kickers of the time. He is rated by his school, Portora Royal School, as one of their most famous pupils, alongside Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde.
His cricket career began with Dublin University, and he made his Ireland debut while there, playing against Scotland in July 1911. He played his second, and final, match for Ireland against South Africa a year later. In 1914, he played one first-class match for the Free Foresters, against Cambridge University.
Later, he played three first-class matches for Lancashire, a County Championship match against Gloucestershire, a match against Australia in 1921, and a match against Cambridge University in 1922. Cricket Archive records him as having played for Denbighshire in Minor Counties cricket in the 1930s, though some research suggests that this is a different RA Lloyd, as the RA Lloyd who played for Denbighshire apparently looked nothing like a rugby player and did not sound Irish.
In his two matches for Ireland, he scored 96 runs at an average of 32, with a top-score of 47 against Scotland in his first match. In first-class cricket, he scored 202 runs at an average of 20.2, with a top-score of 51 for Lancashire against Gloucestershire, his only half-century. He appears to have not bowled after leaving school, playing as wicket-keeper in one of his Lancashire matches.
Rugby union career
Lloyd reached high level in schools' rugby in Ireland, representing the Ulster Schools XV. His school team at Portora, where he was a key player, was considered by an Irish rugby historian to be "the greatest school side in the history of the game", beating adult sides on more than one occasion.
He made his debut for the Ireland rugby union team in 1910, while still a student, playing against England and Scotland in the Five Nations. He played in all Ireland's matches in the following year's tournament, repeating that run in 1912 and 1913. He also played a match against South Africa in November 1912. He played just twice in the 1914 Five Nations, against England and France, returning after the war to play twice in the 1920 tournament, again against England and France. He was later an international referee.
Rugby union statistics
In his 19 matches for Ireland, he scored two tries, 16 conversions, seven drop goals and three penalties, for a total of 72 points under the current point scoring system, which was different when Lloyd played.
|Ireland Rugby Union Captain
Feb 1912 – Feb 1914