Tom Morgan (rugby player)

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Tom Morgan
Full name Thomas Morgan
Date of birth (1866-11-14)14 November 1866
Place of birth Llannon, Wales
Date of death 22 March 1899(1899-03-22) (aged 32)
Place of death Bridgend, Wales
Occupation(s) Collier
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1889 Wales 1 (0)

Tom Morgan (14 November 1866 – 22 March 1899)[1] was a Welsh international rugby union centre who played club rugby for Llanelli and international rugby for Wales. Morgan was a collier by profession.[2]

Rugby career[edit]

Although Morgan had little international success in rugby, he is more notable for being part of the Llanelli squad that hosted the touring New Zealand Natives on 19 December 1888. This was the first ever match played in Wales by a touring Southern Hemisphere team, and the Māori team had just come from wins over Broughton Rangers and Wigan. The match was deiced by a single dropped goal, scored by Llanelli's Harry Bowen from near the halfway line, which Morgan had set up after he forced the New Zealanders to minor when his kick passed their line.[3]

Morgan was one of a small group of players from Llanelli Rugby Club, who gained international caps in the late 1880s, but played little more than a handful of games. Morgan played just a single game for his country, a home match at St. Helen's in Swansea, against Ireland as part of the 1889 Home Nations Championship. Among the Welsh team on that day were four Llanelli players, though none had been selected for the opening game of the tournament against Scotland. Morgan's club team-mates for that match included Giotto Griffiths, Ned Roberts and Dan Griffiths. This would be the last international game for all four players. Ireland won the game by two tries to nil, both of the scores coming from Irish debuts. Morgan lost his place in the Welsh squad the next season to Penarth's Dickie Garrett, and didn't play for Wales again.

International matches played[edit]



  • Billot, John (1972). All Blacks in Wales. Ferndale, Glamorgan: Ron Jones Publications. 
  • Godwin, Terry (1984). The International Rugby Championship 1883-1983. Grafton Street, London: Willow Books. ISBN 0-00-218060-X. 
  • 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. ^ Tom Morgan player profile
  2. ^ Wales team visit Big Pit Welsh Rugby union website
  3. ^ Billot (1972), pg 16.
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 469.