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George Travers
Personal information
Full name George Travers
Date of birth June 9, 1877(1877-06-09)
Place of birth Newport, Monmouthshire
Date of death 26 December 1945 (aged 68)
Place of death Newport, Monmouthshire
Height 6 ft 0 ins[1]
Weight 12 st
Nickname Twyber
School Trinity Church School, Newport
Notable relative(s) Bunner Travers, son
Occupation(s) coal trimmer[2]
Height and weight correct as of .
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Clubs
Mountain Ash RFC
Pill Harriers RFC
Newport RFC
National team(s) Caps (points)
1903-1911 Wales 25 (3)[3]

George "Twyber" Travers (9 June 1877-26 December 1945) was a Welsh international hooker who played club rugby for Pill Harriers[4] and Newport Rugby Football Club.[4] He won 25 caps for Wales between 1903 and 1911.[4]

Travers is seen as on of the rugby union's first specialist hookers.[1][5] Specialism in a forward position was unusual during the early history of rugby mainly due to the scrummmaging rule, but Travers ability shone through and as part of a seven man pack was important in the Welsh wins against England in 1903 and against the All Blacks in 1905. Travers originally played club rughby for the Newport Docks based side Pill Harriers, though he would later spend two seasons with Newport in 1901/02 and 1910/11.

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International career

1905 Wales squad, Travers, back row, third from left

Travers was first capped, at centre, making his debut against England in January, 1903 while playing for Pill Harriers. Although it was unusual at the time for unfashionable "second-class" clubs to supply international players, it was not unprecedented, with valley teams such as Treorchy and Treherbert supplying several forwards. He would play for Wales a further 24 times including games against the original New Zealand team, South Africa and Australia. In 1908 Travers was awarded the Welsh captaincy against Scotland[1] at Swansea a game Wales would win 6-5, though this was the only time he would hold this honour. His only international points were against the Australian Wallabies, a game Wales won 9-6, though it has been later recognised by both sides that Travers dropped the ball before going over the line and the try should not have counted.[1]

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International matches played

Wales[6]

Bibliography

  • Parry-Jones, David (1999). Prince Gwyn, Gwyn Nicholls and the First Golden Era of Welsh Rugby. Bridgend: seren. ISBN 1854112627.  
  • Smith, David; Williams, Gareth (1980). Fields of Praise: The Official History of The Welsh Rugby Union. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0708307663.  
  • Thomas, Wayne (1979). A Century of Welsh Rugby Players. Ansells Ltd.  

References

  1. ^ a b c d Thomas (1979), pg 40.
  2. ^ Newport RFC player profiles
  3. ^ Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  4. ^ a b c Smith (1980), pg 136.
  5. ^ Parry-Jones (1999), pg 102.
  6. ^ Smith (1980), pg 472.

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