John Mantle (rugby)

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John Mantle
Full name John Thomas Mantle
Date of birth (1942-03-13)13 March 1942
Place of birth Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
School Bedwellty Grammar School
University Loughborough College
Rugby league career
Position(s) Wing, Centre, Prop, Second-row, Loose forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1966-1973
1975
Great Britain
Wales Wales
13
8
(0)
(3)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
?
?
1962-1965
Bargoed RFC
Loughborough Colleges
Newport RFC[1]
()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1964 Wales Wales[2] 2 (0)

John Mantle (born 13 March 1942) is a Welsh former dual-code international rugby player. He was capped for Wales at rugby union, and Great Britain, and Wales in rugby league.

Rugby career[edit]

Mantle began his rugby career at a young age, playing for the Wales School team. As an adult he played with Bargoed before switching to first class team Newport. While representing Newport, Mantle was selected for his two Welsh rugby union caps. His first was when he was selected as part of the touring Wales team to Africa. Mantle played in the early games of the tour, including wins over East Africa in Nairobi and Boland at Wellington. His first international was against South Africa in Durban in 1964, but Wales were outclassed and lost 24-3 in a one-sided match. Mantle played in the later games on the tour, including matches against Northern Transvaal and Orange Free State. On his return he played one final game in a win over England, at the Cardiff Arms Park as part of the 1963 Five Nations Championship.

Mantle may have won more caps for Wales, but 'Went North', switching to the professional rugby league code when he joined St. Helens in 1964. He would later play for the Great Britain rugby league team. John Mantle played left-prop, i.e. number 8, in St. Helens' 2-25 defeat to the 1975 NSWRFL season premiers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 29 June 1976.[3]

He was coach of the Cardiff City Blue Dragons.

International games played[edit]

Wales rugby union[4]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

John Mantle played loose forward/lock, i.e. number 13, in St. Helens' 35-12 victory over Halifax in the Championship Final during the 1965–66 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 May 1966, in front of a crowd of 30,165.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

John Mantle played loose forward/lock, i.e. number 13, and scored a try in St. Helens' 21-2 victory over Wigan in the 1966 Challenge Cup Final during the 1965–66 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 21 May 1966, in front of a crowd of 98,536, and played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 16-13 victory over Leeds in the 1972 Challenge Cup Final during the 1971–72 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1972, in front of a crowd of 89,495.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

John Mantle played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in St. Helens' 2-2 draw with Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1967–68 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 7 October 1967 (replaced by Kel Coslett in the replay), and played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in the 4-7 defeat by Leigh in the 1970 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1970–71 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 November 1970.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances[edit]

John Mantle played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in St. Helens' 0-4 defeat by Castleford in the 1965 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1965–66 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 14 December 1965, played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in St. Helens' 4-7 defeat by Wigan in the 1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1968-69 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 17 December 1968.[5] played Right-Second-row in the 5-9 defeat by Leeds in the 1970 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1970-71 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 15 December 1970, played Right-Second-row in the 8-2 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1971 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1971-72 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 14 December 1971, and played left-prop, i.e. number 8, in the 22-2 victory over Dewsbury in the 1975 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1975-76 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 16 December 1975.

Bibliography[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newport RFC player profiles Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ WRU player profile[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "World Club Challenge 1976 at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 469.
  5. ^ "1968-1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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