Eddie Morgan (rugby player)
|Full name||Morgan Edward Morgan|
|Date of birth||18 December 1913|
|Place of birth||Pontardawe, Wales|
|Date of death||16 April 1978(aged 64)|
|Place of death||Abercrave, Wales|
|Rugby union career|
Rugby playing career
Morgan first played rugby for local club, Abercrave RFC, 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 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
- 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.
|Rugby Union Captain|
|Swansea RFC Captain
World War II