Will Parker

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Will Parker
Full name William James Parker
Nickname Will
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Place of death Penmaen, Swansea, Wales[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1893-? Swansea RFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1899 Wales[2] 2 ((0))

William James "Will" Parker (1873 – 10 November 1955)[3] was a Welsh international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Swansea. Parker first joined Swansea in 1893 and spent most of his sporting career with the club. During the 1903/04 season he was given the captaincy of Swansea, and the club won the championship under his leadership. He was chosen in 1905 as a member of the Swansea team to face the original touring All Blacks.

Rugby career[edit]

Parker was selected on two occasions to represent Wales, both in the 1899 Home Nations Championship. His debut match was against England at St Helens when a then record crowd of 20,000 saw Wales overturn England 26-3, including four tries for Willie Llewellyn. Parker was chosen for the very next match against Scotland at Inverleith, but this time Wales were beaten and Parker was never re-selected.

After his retirement from rugby, Parker continued his links with the club by becoming a committee member.

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. 


Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Frank Gordon
Swansea RFC Captain
Succeeded by
Frank Gordon