Leonard Constance

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Leonard Constance
Personal information
Full name Leonard Constance
Nickname Len
Born October–December 1922
Pontypool district, Wales
Died c. 1990 (aged 67–68)
Wales
Playing information
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 10 st 2 lb (64 kg)
Rugby union
Position Fly-half
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1944–47 Newport RFC 3 1
Bristol
Portsmouth
Royal Navy XV
Combined Services XV
Total 3 1 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Hampshire
Rugby league
Position Centre, Stand-off
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
20 Dec 1946–49 St. Helens 66 7 4 0 29
1949–51 Dewsbury
1951–52 Wigan 31 12 9 0 54
Total 97 19 13 0 83
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–51 Wales 3 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org

Leonard "Len" Constance (birth registered October–December 1922[1] in Pontypool district — died c. 1990 in Wales) was a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s, and 1950s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Hampshire, and at club level for Newport RFC, Bristol, Portsmouth, Royal Navy, and Combined Services, as a Fly-half, i.e. number 10, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for St. Helens, Dewsbury, and Wigan, as a Centre, or Stand-off/Five-eighth, i.e. number 3 or 4, or 6.[2]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Len Constance won 3 caps for Wales (RL) in 1948–1951 while at St. Helens, and Dewsbury.[3]

County League appearances[edit]

Len Constance played in Wigan's victory in the Lancashire County League during the 1951–52 season.[4]

Notable tour matches[edit]

Len Constance played Stand-off/Five-eighth, and scored a conversion in Wigan's 8–15 defeat by New Zealand at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 3 November 1951.[5]

Club career[edit]

On Thursday 20 January 1949, Leonard Constance was sold by St. Helens to Dewsbury for £2000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £162,900 in 2013)[6] along with Harry Street who was sold for £1000, the £3000 raised, contributed to the £4000 St. Helens paid Belle Vue Rangers for Stan McCormick.

Genealogical information[edit]

Leonard Constance's marriage to Elsie B. Nixon (birth registered April→June 1927 in Prescot district) was registered during October–December 1948 in St. Helens district,[7] they had children; Susan H. Constance (birth registered July→September 1951 (age 65–66) in St. Helens district), Gillian K. R. Constance (birth registered January→March 1953 (age 63–64) in St.Helens district), and Michael S. Constance (birth registered April→June 1956 (age 60–61) in Pontypool district).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Statistics at wigan.rlfans.com". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "1951 Tour Match: Wigan 8 New Zealand 15". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Measuring Worth – Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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