Tyssul Griffiths

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Tyssul Griffiths
Personal information
Full name Tyssul Griffiths
Nickname Tuss
Born 6 June 1919
Bridgend, Wales
Died 1979 (aged 59–60)
Leeds, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–46 Newport RFC 20 1 1
Rugby league
Position Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1946 Hunslet
1951–52 Doncaster [1] 59 3 139 1 289
1954–56 Halifax
1956 Dewsbury 1564
Total 59 3 139 1 1853
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1946–51 Wales 2 0 0 0 0
Source: rugbyleagueproject.org

Tyssul "Tuss" Griffiths (6 June 1919[2] — 1979 (aged 59–60)) born in Bridgend, was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s, and 1950s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales XV, and at club level Newport RFC, as a Fullback, i.e. number 15, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level Hunslet, Doncaster, Halifax, and Dewsbury, as a Fullback, i.e. number 1,[3] he died in Leeds.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Tuss Griffiths represented Wales XV (RU) while at Newport RFC in the 'Victory International' non-Test match(es) between December 1945 and April 1946,and won 2 caps for Wales (RL) in 1946–1951 while at Hunslet and Doncaster.[3]

Six rugby league footballers represented Wales XV (RU) while at rugby league clubs, they were; Tyssul Griffiths, Elwyn Gwyther, Gomer Hughes, Hugh Lloyd-Davies, Harold Thomas, and Leslie Thomas.

Gomer Hughes, and Harold Thomas had previously won Wales (RU) caps, but the other footballers hadn't, and having already changed to the rugby league code they were unable to do so, but Tyssul Griffiths, Elwyn Gwyther, Leslie Thomas, did go on to win Wales (RL) caps.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Tuss Griffiths played Fullback in Halifax's 4-4 draw with Warrington in the 1954 Challenge Cup Final during the 1953–54 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 24 April 1954, in front of a crowd of 81,841, in front of a crowd of 81,841, and played Fullback, and kicked two penalty goals (2 points each) in the 4-8 defeat by Warrington in the 1954 Challenge Cup Final replay during the 1953–54 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday 5 May 1954, in front of a record crowd of 102,575 or more,[4] and played in Halifax's 2-13 defeat by St. Helens in the 1956 Challenge Cup Final during the 1955–56 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 28 April 1956.

Career Records[edit]

Tuss Griffiths is one of less than twenty-five Welshmen to have scored more than 1000-points in their rugby league career.[5]

Genealogical information[edit]

Tuss Griffiths' marriage to Vera Jackson was registered in East Glamorgan district during July–September 1941.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://robterrace.com/dons/player.php?PID=12
  2. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  4. ^ "Mud, blood and memories of the day when 102,575 made history at Odsal". independent.co.uk. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Robert Gate (1988). "Gone North - Volume 2". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-3-6
  6. ^ "Marriage details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  • England & Wales, Birth/Death Indexes

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