Percy Coldrick

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Percy Coldrick
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Full name Albert Percival Coldrick[1]
Date of birth 1888 (1888)
Place of birth Caerleon, Wales
Date of death 26 December 1953(1953-12-26) (aged 64–65)
Place of death Wigan, England
Rugby league career
Position Forward
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
St Helens
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Great Britain
Other Nationalities
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Crumlin RFC
Harlequin F.C.
Newport RFC
Western Super Mare RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1911-12 WalesWales 6 (0)

Albert Percival "Percy" Coldrick (1888[2] – 26 December 1953) was a Welsh dual code rugby player who played rugby union for Newport and rugby league for Wigan. He represented Wales[3] under the union code and Wales and Great Britain under league rules.

Rugby career[edit]

Born in Caerleon, Coldrick played for several teams, including a single game for Harlequins and represented Monmouthshire at county level, before being selected by Newport in 1909.

Coldrick gained his first international cap in a game against England as part of the 1911 Five Nations Championship. Under the captaincy of Billy Trew at the Swansea's St Helens Ground, Wales won the game 15-11. Coldrick was re-selected for the next game against Scotland, but failed to appear in the inaugural match in Paris. Coldrick was back for the final game in a Championship decider between Wales and Ireland and when the Welsh team won the match Coldrick became a Grand Slam and Triple Crown winning international. Coldrick played three games in the 1912 tournament, with his final rugby union international game being a contest against the French team at Rodney Parade. Although Wales beat France, eight of the fifteen Welsh squad never played for Wales again, Coldrick was one of them, though it was his own decision rather than a selection choice.

In 1912, Coldrick made himself ineligible for further selection to the Welsh union team when he switched to the professional game of rugby league, joining Wigan RLFC.[4] Coldrick played two international games for the Welsh national league team, both against England, in 1913 and 1914. He also played for the Great Britain team.[5] Coldrick was selected to tour with the England squad on the Ashes tour of Australia and was selected for all three tests, scoring a try in the second game. In 1919 Coldrick approached the Welsh Rugby Union to have his amateur status re-instated, though his application was refused. He left Wigan in 1925, and joined St Helens.[6] A shared benefit for; Percy Coldrick, Charlie Seeling, and Frank Walford[1] took place in April 1925.

Percy Coldrick played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 11, and scored a try in Wigan's 21-5 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1912 Lancashire Cup final during the 1912–13 season at Weaste, Salford, on Wednesday 11 December 1912.[7] and played Right-Second-row in the 20-2 victory over Leigh in the 1922 Lancashire Cup final during the 1922–23 season at The Willows, Salford, on Saturday 25 November 1922.[8]

International matches played under union code[edit]


International matches played under league code[edit]


Great Britain


  • Parry-Jones, David (1999). Prince Gwyn, Gwyn Nicholls and the First Golden Era of Welsh Rugby. Bridgend: seren. ISBN 1-85411-262-7. 
  • 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. 


  1. ^ Newport RFC player profiles
  2. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  4. ^ Wigan RLFC profile
  5. ^ Rugby League Project Player profiles
  6. ^ Service, Alex. "Percy Coldrick". Saints Heritage Society. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "1912-1913 Lancashire Cup Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "1922–1923 Lancashire Cup Final". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Smith (1980), pg 464.

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