William Roche (rugby union)

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William Roche
Full name William Joseph Roche
Date of birth 28 March 1895
Place of birth Limerick
Ireland
Date of death 26 June 1983
Place of death Bandon, County Cork
Ireland
University University College Cork
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
19xx-19xx
1920-1927
University College Cork
Newport
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Munster
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1920
1924
Ireland
British Lions
3
0
0(3)
0(0)

William Joseph Roche (28 March 1895 in Limerick, Ireland – 26 June 1983 in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland) was an Irish rugby union player who represented Munster, Ireland and the British Lions. He also played club rugby for both University College Cork and Newport.

Club career[edit]

Between 1920 and 1927 Roche played club rugby for Newport and was captain during the 1926-27 season. In 1926 he captained the club against the New Zealand Māoris in a game which ended in a 0-0 draw.[1]

Rugby international[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Roche won 3 caps for Ireland during the 1920 Five Nations Championship. He made his debut against England at Lansdowne Road on 14 February in a 14-11 defeat. He then played against Scotland on 28 February at Inverleith in a 19-0 defeat. He won his final cap against France on 3 April in a 15-7 defeat at Lansdowne. While playing for Ireland, his team mates included Ernie Crawford.[2][3]

British Lions[edit]

Roche was also selected for the British Lions squad for their 1924 tour of South Africa. However he did not play in any of the Test matches against South Africa.[4][5]

References[edit]

Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Harold Davies
Newport RFC Captain
1926-1927
Succeeded by
Vince Griffiths