Eddie Morgan (rugby player)

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Eddie Morgan
Full name Morgan Edward Morgan
Date of birth (1913-12-18)18 December 1913
Place of birth Pontardawe, Wales
Date of death 16 April 1978(1978-04-16) (aged 64)
Place of death Abercrave, Wales
School Abercrave School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1938–1939
1938
Wales
British Isles
4
2
(0)
(0)

Morgan Edward "Eddie" Morgan (18 December 1913–16 April 1978)[1] was a Welsh international prop who played club rugby for Swansea and international rugby for both Wales and the British Lions.

Rugby playing career[edit]

Morgan first played rugby for local club, Abercrave RFC,[2] but by 1937 he had moved to first class team Swansea. While with Swansea, Morgan gained his first international cap for Wales when he was selected to face England as part of the 1938 Home Nations Championship. The previous tournament had been a terrible campaign for Wales, losing all three matches. The selectors reacted by bringing in four new caps into the pack, while retaining confidence in veteran backs. Morgan was brought in with Walter Vickery, Allan McCarley and Fred Morgan, which saw the pack transform the Welsh play, resulting in the first Welsh win over England in five years. Morgan was reselected for the rest of the tournament, which saw Wales losing narrowly away to Scotland, and a win over Ireland.

Morgan was later selected for the British Lions for their 1938 tour of South Africa, playing in 14 matches[3] and gaining two caps in the first two tests. On his return he gained one final Welsh cap when he played against England in the opening game of the 1939 Home Nations Championship. Wales lost the game by a single try and Morgan did not represented Wales again.

International matches played[edit]

Wales[4]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Godwin, 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. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eddie Morgan player profile Scrum.com
  2. ^ Eddie Morgan player profile Ospreysrugby.com
  3. ^ Eddie Morgan player profile Swansea RFC
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 469.
Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Ernie Harris
Swansea RFC Captain
1939-1940
Succeeded by
World War II