Will Joseph

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Will Joseph
Will Joseph.jpg
Full name William Joseph
Place of birth Morriston,[1] Wales
Place of death Swansea[2] Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[3]
Weight 13 st (182 lb; 83 kg)
Notable relative(s) Dicky Owen (cousin)
Occupation(s) tin-plate worker[3]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Morriston RFC
Swansea RFC
Glamorgan County
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1902-1906 Wales Wales 16 (0)

Will Joseph (May 10, 1877 – 1959) was a Welsh international rugby union player. He was a member of the winning Welsh team who beat the 1905 touring All Blacks. He played club rugby for Swansea and county rugby for Glamorgan.

Joseph was seen as the outstanding forward of the early 20th century Swansea team, during an excellent period in the 'All Whites' history. He was recognised as a strong player in tight scrums and due to his height, excellent in line outs.[3][4][5]

International career[edit]


Joseph made his debut for Wales against England at Blackheath in 1902 at the age of 23.[3] Joseph played in three Triple Crown winning campaigns, but his greatest moment on the field was when he played against the touring 1905 All Blacks. Joseph's international career fell apart in 1906 after a match against the touring Springboks. Although having played with great merit in an earlier match against South Africa with county side Glamorgan; in which he scored a try,[6] Joseph was dropped after the international game. The Welsh pack in that game was dreadful and the selection committee decided to change the entire Welsh pack, regardless of individual play.[7] Joseph's Wales career ended after 16 caps at the age of 28.

1905 Wales squad, Joseph, back row, third from right

International games played[8][edit]


  • Parry-Jones, David (1999). Prince Gwyn, Gwyn Nicholls and the First Golden Era of Welsh Rugby. Bridgend: seren. ISBN 1-85411-262-7. 
  • Thomas, Wayne (1979). A Century of Welsh Rugby Players. Ansells Ltd. 
  • 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. ^ WRU player profile
  2. ^ Swansea RFC Personnel Profile
  3. ^ a b c d Thomas (1979), pg 37.
  4. ^ Smith (1980), pg 136.
  5. ^ Parry-Jones (1999), pg 143.
  6. ^ Parry-Jones (1999), pg 183.
  7. ^ Thomas (1979), pg 38.
  8. ^ Smith (1980), pg 468.