John Yapp

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John Yapp
Full name John Yapp
Date of birth (1983-04-09) 9 April 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 123 kg (19 st 5 lb)
School Cowbridge Comprehensive
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team Wasps
Playing career
Position Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2003 ‐

Llantwit Major
Cardiff RFC
Tuggeranong Vikings
Cardiff Blues


National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2005- Wales 21 (0)
Correct as of 19 March 2011 (UTC)

John Yapp (born 9 April 1983) is a Welsh international rugby union player, currently with Edinburgh. He first played for Cardiff during the Christmas period in 2002. He made his first team debut against Ebbw Vale on Boxing Day at the age of 18 years. Despite his young age he had featured in 17 of a possible 19 games by the end of the season and had been called up to train with the Wales under-21 squad.

Yapp has represented Cardiff Youth and under-21s, winning cup and league medals and playing for Wales at under-19 level. Originally educated at Cowbridge Comprehensive School, he had first team experience with the Llantwit Major and Pontypridd clubs before becoming a full-time Cardiff Blues squad member.

Yapp won his first cap for Wales as a substitute in the victory over England in the RBS 6 Nations in February 2005 during the teams Grand Slam winning season.

In the summer of 2008 Yapp had discussions with club coach Dai Young and national coach Warren Gatland about the possibility of switching from loose head to tight head prop. He then headed out to Australia to play for Tuggeranong Vikings during the Northern hemispheres off season in an effort to become familiar with his new role in the scrum, before returning to the Cardiff Blues for the start of their domestic season.[1]

In 2014, Yapp was listed as a replacement for London Irish during the Aviva Premiership round 17.[2]


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