Haydn Morgan

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For English cricket player, see Haydn Morgan (cricketer).
Haydn Morgan
Full name Haydn Joseph Morgan[1]
Nickname Red Devil[2]
Date of birth (1936-07-30)30 July 1936
Place of birth Oakdale, Caerphilly, Wales
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[2]
Weight 13 st 7 lb (189 lb; 86 kg)
School Newbridge Grammar School
Occupation(s) paratrooper[5]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1958–1966
1959–1962
Wales[3]
British Lions[4]
27
4
((9)
(0))

Haydn Morgan (born 30 July 1936) was a Welsh international flanker who played club rugby for Abertillery. He was awarded twenty-seven caps for Wales and toured with Ronnie Dawson's 1959 and Arthur Smith's 1962 British Lions squads. Although a reliable and dynamic player with a heavy, but clean tackle, Morgan suffered at the hands of the selectors often dropped for players who never showed any international longevity.[2]

Morgan first played with Abertillery at the age of 18 at centre, but when called up for National Service he switched to wing-forward while playing for the army. On his return from the army he once again joined the ranks of Abertillery and came to prominence during the joint Abertillery/Ebbw Vale team that faced the touring Australians.

International matches played[edit]


Wales[6]

  •  England 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966
  •  France 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966
  •  Ireland 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966
  •  Scotland 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966
  •  Australia 1966

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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. 
  • Thomas, Wayne (1979). A Century of Welsh Rugby Players. Ansells Ltd. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newport Gwent Dragon player profile
  2. ^ a b c Thomas (1979), pg 142.
  3. ^ Welsh Rugby Union
  4. ^ scrum.com player profile
  5. ^ Smith (1980), pg 365.
  6. ^ Smith (1980), pg 469.