|Full name||William Raymond Cale|
|Date of birth||18 July 1922|
|Place of birth||Usk, Wales|
|Date of death||23 May 2006(aged 83)|
|Children||Josephine Cale, Paul Cale, Peter Cale|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
William Raymond "Ray" Cale (18 July 1922 in Usk, Wales – 23 May 2006) was a dual code rugby international for Wales with the international rugby union and rugby league teams, he died in May 2006.
Ray Cale, a native of Usk in Monmouthshire made his name as a rampaging, tough tackling flanker. He learnt rugby union at Ebbw Vale and Newbridge. In 1947, he played for a combined Pontypool, Blaenavon and Talywain side against the Australian national rugby union team.
In 1950, he switched to Pontypool RFC. Cale played in all four Five Nations matches the following season when Wales won a grand slam defeating England, Scotland, Ireland and France. He was known for his strong tackling and robust play. He scored a try against England at Twickenham and forced an error that led to Malcolm Thomas scoring a match winning try against Ireland.
He joined St. Helens the following season. His strong defensive game and robust running style allowed him to adapt easily to rugby league. In 1951, he played against the touring New Zealand national rugby league team for St Helens. He was a losing finalist in the 1952 Lancashire County Cup match against Leigh but was an integral member of championship winning side in the 1952/53 season. In 1953, he played for St Helens in the Rugby League Challenge Cup losing to the Huddersfield Giants 15-10 at Wembley Stadium
He played 128 games for St. Helens. He also became a double international by adding four Welsh league caps to the seven he won at union, figuring twice against Other Nationalities, France and England His career in rugby league ended in 1953-54.
Challenge Cup Final appearances
County Cup Final appearances
- "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Ray Cale player profile Scrum.com
- "Wales Grand Slam hero Cale dies". BBC news (bbc.co.uk). 7 June 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- McCorquodale, London S.E (25 April 1953). The Rugby League Challenge Cup Competition - Final Tie - Huddersfield v St. Helens - Match Programme. Wembley Stadium Ltd. ISBN n/a