Edward Perkins Alexander

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Edward Perkins Alexander
Full name Edward Perkins Alexander
Date of birth (1863-08-07)7 August 1863
Place of birth Monknash, Wales
Date of death 26 October 1931(1931-10-26) (aged 68)
Place of death Holt, Wiltshire, England
School Llandovery College
University Jesus College, Cambridge
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Forward
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
Brecon RFC
London Welsh RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1885–1887 Wales[1] 5 (0)

Edward Perkins Alexander (7 August 1863 – 26 October 1931) was a Welsh international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Cambridge University and London Welsh and international rugby for Wales. Alexander also represented several cricket teams, including Llandovery College.

Early life[edit]

Alexander was born in 1863 at Monknash, Wales to Thomas Alexander. He was educated at Llandovery College and in 1883 graduated to Jesus College, Cambridge.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

Alexander first came to note as a rugby player when he was selected for the Cambridge University team. He won three sporting Blues, playing in Varsity matches in 1884, 1885 and 1886. In 1885, while still a Cambridge student, he was selected for the Wales national team in their Home Nations Championship encounter with Scotland. Brought in to replace John Sidney Smith, Alexander was part of a nine man pack which contained four players who would later become Wales team captains, Bob Gould, Tom Clapp, Willie Thomas and Frank Hill. The game ended in a 0-0 draw, Wales' best result against Scotland to date. Alexander was reselected for the next two Wales international matches, against England and Scotland in the 1896 Championship; which saw Wales adopt the four threequarters formation in the Scottish game. the first team to do so at international level. Despite Wales losing both matches, the selectors kept faith with Alexander and he played in the opening and closing matches of the 1887 tournament. Under the captaincy of Charlie Newman, Wales drew the first game against England, but Alexander was replaced for the Scottish game by Evan Richards. The Scotland game was a sporting disaster for Wales, with the Scottish team scoring 12 tries without reply. Alexander regained his position for the last match of the series, now playing for Brecon RFC,[3] which saw Wales win thanks to a dropped kick from Arthur 'Monkey' Gould.

International matches played[edit]


External links[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. 


  1. ^ Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  2. ^ "Alexander, Edward Perkins (ALKR883EP)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Godwin (1984), pg 18.
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 463.