Howell de Francis

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Howell de Francis
Personal information
Full name Howell de Francis
Born Wales
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908–11 Wigan 74 23 1 71
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1908–09 Wales 2

Howell de Francis was a Welsh professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1900s, and 1910s, playing at representative level for Wales, and at club level for Wigan, as a second-row, or loose forward/lock, i.e. number 11 or 12, or 13, during the era of contested scrums.[1]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Howell de Francis won caps for Wales while at Wigan in 1908 against New Zealand, and in 1909 against England.[2]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Howell de Francis played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in Wigan's 7-3 victory over Oldham in the Championship Final during the 1908–09 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 1 May 1909.[3]

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Howell de Francis right-second-row, i.e. number 12, and scored a try in Wigan's 22-5 victory over Leigh in the 1909 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1909–10 season at Wheater's Field, Broughton, on Saturday 27 November 1909.[4]

Club career[edit]

Howell de Francis was considered a "Probable" for the 1910 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, but ultimately he was not selected for the tour.[5]


In some references, Howell de Francis' surname is stated as being just Francis, i.e. the "de" is omitted.


  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "1908–1909 Championship Final". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "1909–1910 Lancashire Cup Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Northern Union – The Colonial Football Tour – Probable Players". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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