George Bowen (rugby player)

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George Bowen
Full name George Einon Bowen
Place of birth Swansea, Wales[1]
Place of death Porthcawl, Wales
Rugby union career
Position(s) Half-back
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1887-1888 Wales 4 (0)

George Einon Bowen (June 1863 – 19 January 1919) was a Welsh international rugby union half back who played club rugby for Swansea and Llanelli. Bowen won four caps for Wales and also played cricket for Glamorgan.[2] Later in his life he became the Mayor of Kidwelly.

Bowen was first selected for Wales on 26 February 1887 in a Championship game against Scotland at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. Wales, under the captaincy of Bob Gould, were decimated by a free running Scotland who scored 12 tries against Wales without reply. Despite this terrible result, Bowen was selected again two weeks later to face Ireland, this time led out by Tom Clapp. On this occasion Wales won even though their Irish opposition scored more tries. Bowen played against both Ireland and Scotland again the following season. His final game was at Landsdowne Road in a match that saw eight Welsh internationals play their last game for Wales.

International matches played[edit]



  • Parry-Jones, David (1999). Prince Gwyn, Gwyn Nicholls and the First Golden Era of Welsh Rugby. Bridgend: seren. ISBN 1-85411-262-7. 
  • 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. ^ Swansea RFC player profiles
  2. ^ George Bowen cricket profile
  3. ^ Smith (1980), pg 464.