Harry Packer

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Harry Packer
Date of birth(1868-09-03)3 September 1868
Place of birthChipping Norton, England[1]
Date of death25 May 1945(1945-05-25) (aged 76)
Place of deathNewport, Monmouthshire
Height5 ft. 11in.
Weight13 st (182 lb; 83 kg).
SchoolDevon County School
West Buckland School, Barnstaple
Occupation(s)Wholesale grocer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1884-1901 Newport RFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1891–1897 Wales[2] 7 (0)

Harry Packer (9 September 1868 – 25 May 1946) was an English-born international rugby union prop who played club rugby for Newport and was capped seven times for Wales. Packer had a long association with rugby, as a player, selector, official and in 1924 was the manager of the touring British Isles team.

International rugby career[edit]

Packer was born in Chipping Norton and educated in the South of England, playing rugby at school boy level for Devon County and West Buckland School. After moving to Wales he became part of the Newport team, and while with Newport was selected to represent Wales as part of the 1891 Home Nations Championship. Under the captaincy of William Bowen, Packer was part of the squad which faced England at Newport in the opening game of the campaign, but after Wales lost, Packer was dropped from the team. It would take four seasons for Packer to be reselected, when he was chosen for the second and third game of the 1895 Championship this time led by Welsh rugby legend Arthur Gould. Wales lost the Scotland game, but Packer experienced his first international victory in the game against Ireland at the Cardiff Arms Park.

Packer was selected for the entirety of the 1896 Championship, and was one of only three players from the pack to be retained during the Scotland game when the selectors brought in five new caps. Packer played his final international game the next year in a memorable win against England. This would be Wales' only game of the year after the team lost their international playing status due to the 'Gould Affair'

In 1924 Packer was chosen to manage the British team on their tour of South Africa.

International matches played[edit]



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