Richard Powell (rugby player)

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Richard Powell
Birth nameRichard Whitcomb Powell[1]
Place of birthAbergavenny, Wales
Place of deathLlanwenarth, Wales
SchoolAbergavenny Grammar School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Abergavenny RFC
Newport F.C.
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1888 Wales[2] 2 (0)

Richard 'Dick' Powell (1864-11 January 1944) was a Welsh international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Abergavenny and Newport.

Rugby career[edit]

Powell was first selected for Wales for a match against Scotland at Rodney Parade, as part of the 1888 Home Nations Championship. Under the captaincy of Tom Clapp, Wales won their very first match over Scotland, thanks to a first-half Thomas Pryce-Jenkins try. Powell was reselected for the very next Wales game away to Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Wales lost heavily and Powell was one of eight Welsh players who would never represent their country again.

International matches played[edit]



  • 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.