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Tommy Rees (rugby)

For other people of the same name, see Thomas Rees.
For the rugby union footballer of the 2000 and 2010s for England, and London Wasps, see Tom Rees (rugby union). For the American football quarterback at Notre Dame, see Tommy Rees (quarterback).

Tommy Rees
Full name Thomas Edgar Rees
Date of birth (1904-08-22)22 August 1904
Place of birth Pontyclun, Wales
Date of death 10 November 1968(1968-11-10) (aged 64)
Place of death Oldham, England
Rugby league career
Position Fullback
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1928-39
1939-?
Oldham RLFC
Broughton Rangers
1342
117
National teams
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1929 Great Britain 1 (0)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
 ?
?
?
?-1928
Pontyclun RFC
Crawshays RFC
Army XV
London Welsh RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1926-28 Wales 4 (4)

Thomas 'Tommy' Edgar Rees (22 August 1904 in Pontyclun — 10 November 1968(1968-11-10) (aged 64) in Oldham)[1] was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s and '30s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales, and at club level for Pontyclun RFC, Crawshays RFC, Army XV, and London Welsh RFC, as a Fullback, i.e. number 15, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and at club level for Oldham, and Broughton Rangers as a Fullback, i.e. number 1.

Rugby union career

Rees was born in Pontyclun in South Wales and as a teenager played rugby for local club team Pontyclun RFC.[2] Jack Meggins, a local headmaster from Talbot Green, saw potential in Rees and recommended him in writing to invitational team Crawshays. Crawshays accepted Rees, the first notable team in his career.[2] Rees joined the British Army and became a soldier in the Welsh Guards, and while serving in the Guards he was selected for the Army XV.

In 1926, Rees was playing for Welsh exile team London Welsh, and after an excellent victory against Cross Keys at Blackheath on 6 March, Rees along with fellow team-mates Windsor Lewis and Wick Powell, was selected to face Ireland as part of the 1926 Five Nations Championship.[3] The game was played at St. Helen's, Swansea, with the Welsh team being led by Swansea's Rowe Harding. The Wales team were victorious over Ireland, robbing the Irish of both the Triple Crown and Grand Slam. Rees scored his first international points during the game with a single conversion, and at the end of the match, the three London Welsh playees were carried from the pitch shoulder-high. The press recorded that Rees had "a great game that caused intense enthusiasm".[3] Rees was reselected for the next Wales international, the final game of the 1926 tournament, away to France. Now captained by Bobby Delahay, Wales won the game 7-5.

On Christmas Eve 1926, Rees was playing for London Welsh away to Cross Keys. In the first few minutes of the second half, while attempting a tackle, Rees broke his leg.[4] Rees had been a certainty for the 1927 Championship, and after his injury his place was taken by Ossie Male. The next season, Rees was back in the Wales team, and was chosen to face the New South Wales Waratahs at the Cardiff Arms Park. Wales were well beaten, though Rees scored for Wales with another conversion. The selectors kept faith with Rees, and he played his final union international in the opening game of the 1928 tournament, played at Swansea against England.

International matches played

Wales (rugby union)[5]

Rugby league career

Tom Rees was a British professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s, '30s and '40s who at representative level played for Great Britain, and at club level for Oldham, and Broughton Rangers, playing at Fullback, i.e. number 1. In 1928 while only 23, Rees decide to switch to the professional league code, and 'Went North', joining Oldham RLFC. Rees had an eleven-year career with Oldham setting many club records, including kicking 668 goals and playing 121 consecutive first team games.[6] In 1939, towards the end of his club career, Rees joined Broughton Rangers though the outbreak of the Second World War ended the playing of professional rugby. He continued to be involved in rugby after his retirement, becoming a rugby league referee. In 1947 he became a rugby league referee and later ran the line as a touch judge in the final of the Rugby League Challenge Cup at Wembley.[6] He was a lifelong committee man, and served Oldham until ill-health forced his retirement. Tommy Rees is one of less than twenty-five Welshmen to have scored more than 1000-points in their rugby league career.[7] Tom Rees won a single cap for Great Britain while at Oldham in 1929 against Australia.[8]

External links

  • Tommy Rees international rugby union profile Scrum.com
  • International Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
  • Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org

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