Past Internationals

   

HAYDN MORGAN

Haydn was born in Oakdale and played his club rugby for Abertillery RFC. He was awarded 27 caps for Wales and toured with the 1959 & 1962 British Lions. Although a reliable and dynamic player, with a heavy but clean tackle, Morgan suffered at the hands of the selectors often dropped for players who never showed any international longevity. Originally a centre, he moved to wing forward when called up for National Service while playing for the Army where he was a Paratrooper

JOHN PATRICK O’SHEA

Educated at Lewis Boys School, Pengam along with John Dawes, O’Shea was capped five times by Wales as a prop forward between 1967 & 1968. O’Shea was selected for the 1968 British Lions tour to South Africa and played in the first test. In a match against Eastern Transvaal he became the first Lion ever to be sent off for foul play after throwing a punch. He played his club rugby for Cardiff

JOHN JEFFERY

John was born in Oakdale and educated at Pontllanfraith Grammar School where he represented Welsh Schools in the 1962-1963 season. In 1965 he joined Newport RFC and played for nearly 10 years making 210 appearances for them and captaining them between 1970-1972. He made his debut for Wales in 1967 against the All Blacks on a losing side but the next season he played numerous times for Wales on their tour of Argentina.

RICHARD SMITH

Richard played his club rugby for Oakdale, Cardiff, Sale Sharks, Merthyr, Bristol, Worcester Warriors, Ebbw Vale, Newport and Newbridge. A talented scrum half, he was a regular in the Wales 22 but often overlooked for Robert Howley or Rupert Moon. He attained his only cap coming on as substitute against England at Cardiff but his skills and knowledge of the game made him a prized possession whichever club he played for. He is a well liked and respected social member of the club.

PAUL WOODS

Paul was one of the roughest, toughest, most notorious rugby players of his generation. Even at a time when there was no shortage of hardmen, Paul was most players choice as the ‘hardest’ His rugby career began in Oakdale before moving on to play for Tredegar & Pontypool. In 1976 he moved to Rugby League with Widnes as well as playing for Hull, Rochdale, Runcorn and Cardiff. He was capped for Wales at Rugby League 10 times. Paul sadly passed away in 2008 due to leukaemia.

CLIVE DAVIS

Clive ended his rugby career with Oakdale where he was Player/Coach in a successful period of the club gaining promotion to Mon Division 1 in his second season. He started off at Tredegar before moving on to play for Newbridge where he gained international recognition gaining three caps. A big, imposing back row forward with a moustache to match, he toured Australia in the early eighties with Wales and due to many injuries ended up playing alongside a certain JPR Williams in the back row

GARETH HOWLS

Gareth was born and brought up in Oakdale and started his career at the Recreation Ground. Ebbw Vale spotted his talent at both Prop & Second Row and he eventually moved to them spending many years there as Captain. He was selected to play for the Wales ‘B’ team in the 1970’s and currently holds the record for the most appearances in the ‘B’ side earning a reputation as a very difficult and ‘hard’ forward to scrummage against. Gareth’s brother, Keith also played for and captained Oakdale.

JOHN DAWES

Sidney John Dawes was born in 1940 in Chapel of Ease, Abercarn. He was educated at Lewis Boys School, Pengam and played for Oakdale Youth. He started his senior career at Newbridge before moving to London Welsh. He won his first cap in 1964 and went onto make 22 appearances, captaining Wales in six of them. In 1971 Dawes was appointed Captain of the British Lions for the unbeaten tour to New Zealand and is the only welsh player never to have lost to an English side.

PAUL YOUNG

Paul started his rugby career with Oakdale Under 7’s and played at every level that Oakdale put on the pitch. Whilst playing for Oakdale Youth he became North Mon Captain & represented Wales at Youth Level. His senior career included spells with Oakdale, Ebbw Vale, Newbridge, Pontypool, Swansea & Tredegar as well as a spell in New Zealand with the Counties team. A tenacious & committed player at home in union as well as rugby league having also represented Wales at this level; Paul has also coached Oakdale at senior level.

WILLIAM TREVOR ‘OCKER’ THOMAS

Born in Merthyr on 1st July 1909, Ocker's family moved to Oakdale where he went to school. A prodigious talent he moved from junior rugby in Oakdale to Abertillery where he was chosen to play Flanker for Wales versus England in 1930. Overwhelmed by the occasion he was arrested in Newport for over exuberance afterwards. He was a miner in Oakdale before switching codes & moving north to rugby league. Some say he was a 'big man with a squeaky voice' but no-one ever said that to him face-to-face!

 
   
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