Mike Nicholas

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Mike Nicholas
Personal information
Full name Michael Nicholas
Nickname Nicko
Playing information
Rugby union
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Aberavon RFC
Rugby league
Position Prop, Back Row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1972–80 Warrington 152 14 8 0 58
1980–81 Cardiff Blue Dragons
Total 152 14 8 0 58
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975–79 Wales 6
Great Britain 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org

Mike Nicholas is a former rugby league and rugby union footballer of the 1970s and 1980s, and coach or team manager of the Wales Rugby League team since the 1980s, he is currently President of Wales Rugby League. He played club level rugby union for Aberavon. In rugby league he played for Warrington and the Cardiff Blue Dragons, and at representative Rugby League level for Wales and Great Britain. He played as a Front Row forward or Second Row, i.e. numbers 8, 10, 11 or 12.[1]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Mike Nicholas won caps for Wales while at Warrington in 1975 against France and England; in 1977 against England and France, in 1978 against France, and in 1979 against England. He also represented Great Britain in non-Test Matches.[2]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Mike Nicholas played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in Warrington's 24-9 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1974 Challenge Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1974, in front of a crowd of 77,400, and played as an Interchange/Substitute, i.e. number 15, (replacing Right-Second-row Thomas Martyn) in the 7-14 defeat to Widnes in the 1975 Challenge Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1975, in front of a crowd of 85,998.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Mike Nicholas did not play (Tommy Conroy played Right-Second-row) in Warrington's 0-0 draw with Salford in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1974–75 season at The Willows, Salford on Tuesday 17 December 1974, and played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, (replaced by Interchange/Substitute Brian Brady) in the 5-10 defeat by Salford in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final replay during the 1974–75 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Tuesday 28 January 1975.

Player's No.6/John Player Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Mike Nicholas played as an Interchange/Substitute, i.e. number 15, (replacing Prop David Chisnall), and scored a try in Warrington's 27-16 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1973–74 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1973–74 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 February 1974, played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, in the 9-4 victory over Widnes in the 1977–78 Players No.6 Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 January 1978, and played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, in the 14-16 defeat by Widnes in the 1978–79 John Player Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 April 1979.

Notable tour matches[edit]

Mike Nicholas played as a front-rower in Warrington's 15-12 victory over Australia at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Wednesday 11 October 1978.[3]

Club career[edit]

Mike Nicholas was sent off 13-times for Warrington.

Coaching career[edit]

Mike Nicholas was team manager of Wales at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

References[edit]

  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 rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Warrington :: 15 - Australia :: 12 - date: 11th October 1978". wire2wolves.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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