Monthly Archives: July 2016

When the Kicking Tee Could Speak

By Sean Fagan It is only today in extremely windy conditions in Rugby that we see a team mate hold the ball in place for a kicker to make his shot at goal. It was once the case that all … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget ̶ David “Dai” Watts (Wales) 14/07/1916

Yet another casualty of the Battle of the Somme, “Dai” Watts  ̶  a tough and immensely strong forward  ̶  was at the core of a formidable and powerful Welsh pack who outplayed all their international opponents in the last season … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget ̶ John Lewis Williams (Wales) 12/07/1916

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the flying Welsh wing-three-quarter, John (“Johnny” or “Johnnie”) Lewis Williams, was inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame, ninety-nine years after his death in the Great War. It was a richly deserved honour. He … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Robert Lawrence Pillman (England) 09/07/1916

Robert Lawrence (or Laurence) Pillman was born in Sidcup, Kent the youngest of five children of Joseph Charles Pillman and his wife Mary Anna. His older brother Charles “Cherry” Pillman was, like Robert, an England international. Their father was a … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Richard “Dick” Thomas (Wales) 07/07/1916

Company Sergeant Major Dick Thomas was killed during the early stages of the Battle of the Somme, while bravely leading his men in the initial attack on Mametz Wood on the 7th July 1916. A policeman in civilian life, and … Continue reading

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