|Full name||Joseph Henry Blackmore|
|Date of death||26 March 1964|
|Place of death||Aberbeeg, Wales|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
Joseph Henry "Jake" Blackmore (unknown - 26 March 1964) was an international rugby forward who played rugby union for Abertillery and rugby league with Hull Kingston Rovers. He won a single caps for Wales under the rugby union code and then represented his country at rugby league in two matches between 1910 and 1911. Despite winning only one cap, he became a Triple Crown winning player when he played in the opening game of the 1909 Home Nations Championship.
Blackmore first came to note as a rugby player when he joined Abertillery in 1902. Blackmore stayed with Abertillery for the majority of his amateur career, spending just two seasons outside the team when he left after a disagreement with the club. During these two seasons he represented first Tredegar and then Blaina, before returning to Abertillery. In 1906 Blackmore was chosen to represent Monmouthshire county, and was part of the team that faced the South African national team on their first overseas tour. In 1907, Blackmore faced his second national team, this time the first touring Australian team, but on this occasion with his club side Abertillery. This was the first national team to visit Abertillery Park, and Blackmore was part of the team to force the Australians to a 3-3 draw.
In 1909 Blackmore won his first full test cap when he was selected for the Wales team to face England in the opening game of the 1909 Home Nations Championship. Played at the Cardiff Arms Park, Blackmore was the only new cap into the team, and joined Abertillery team-mate, Jim Webb in the pack. The game ended in a Welsh victory, and although Blackmore played no further part in the campaign, he became a Triple Crown winning player after Wales won the remaining two games of the competition.
In 1910, Blackmore decided to turn professional, and left Abertillery to join English rugby league team, Hull Kingston Rovers. He played his first game for Hull on 3 September 1910, facing Dewsbury. Three months later, on 10 December, Blackmore was selected for the Wales rugby league team, in a game against England at Coventry. Wales lost 13-39. Blackmore was reselected for Wales in the next league international, which Wales again lost to England, but this time on Welsh soil at Ebbw Vale.
International matches played
Wales (rugby union)
- England 1909
Wales (rugby league)
- England 1910, 1911
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