Edward Bishop (rugby player)

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Edward Bishop
Edward Bishop rugby player.jpg
Full name Edward H. Bishop
Date of birth (1864-10-10)10 October 1864
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Date of death 24 February 1919(1919-02-24) (aged 54)
Place of death Keynsham, England
School Llandovery College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Llandovery College
Swansea RFC
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1889 Wales[1] 1 (0)

Edward "Teddy" Bishop (10 October 1864 – 24 February 1919)[2] was a Welsh international rugby union player who played club rugby for Swansea and was capped once for Wales.

Rugby career[edit]

During the 1882/83 season, Bishop was part of the Llandovery College team that played against fellow Welsh college team Christ College, Brecon. By 1888, Bishop had switched to first class rugby club Swansea, and that year he was part of the team that faced the first international touring team, the New Zealand Natives. Bishop was suffering with damaged ribs, but played regardless showing bravery throughout the match. At one point Bishop missed the goal from a dropkick by a matter of inches.[3] Swansea eventually lost the game by a goal and two tries to nil.

In 1889 Bishop was selected for his one and only appearance for Wales. As part of the 1889 Home Nations Championship, Bishop was chosen to play against Scotland at Raeburn Place under the captaincy of Frank Hill. Wales lost the match and Bishop never represented his country again.

International matches played[edit]



  • Billot, John (1972). All Blacks in Wales. Ferndale: Ron Jones Publications. 
  • 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. ^ Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  2. ^ Swansea RFC player profiles
  3. ^ Billot (1972), pg 19.
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 463.