Clive Rowlands

Clive Rowlands
Full name Daniel Clive Thomas Rowlands
Date of birth (1938-05-14) 14 May 1938
Place of birth Upper Cwmtwrch, Wales
Occupation(s) teacher
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Cwmtwrch RFC
Abercrave RFC
Pontypool RFC
Llanelli RFC
Swansea RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
19631965 Wales 14 (3)

Clive Rowlands OBE (born 14 May 1938)[1] is a former Welsh rugby union footballer and later coach.

Rowlands was born in Upper Cwmtwrch. As recorded in the preface for the book 'The Children of Craig-Y-Nos', Rowlands was admitted in 1947, as an eight-year-old, to Craig-y-nos TB hospital in Breconshire. He was given a rugby ball as a gift and accidentally kicked it through a glass door, for which he was put in a straitjacket for a week. A teacher by profession, he played club rugby at scrum-half for Abercraf, Pontypool, Llanelli and Swansea. He captained Pontypool in the 1962 – 63 season, and captained Swansea in the 1967–1968 season

Unusually, his first cap for Wales against England in 1963 was as captain, a position which he retained for his next 13 caps between 1963 and 1965, leading Wales to their first Triple Crown victory since 1952. He captained Wales in every game he played including Wales' first match outside of Europe and its first in the Southern Hemisphere; played against East Africa in Nairobi on 12 May 1964, Wales winning 8-26.

In the 1963 Five Nations match against Scotland, in wet and muddy conditions, Rowlands decided to kick for touch as many times as possible, with the result that there were 111 line-outs in the match and Wales outside-half David Watkins only touched the ball five times. Wales won 6-0 (including a drop goal from Rowlands, his only international points) but the International Rugby Board eventually responded with a change in the laws in 1970, making it illegal to kick direct into touch except from within the team's own 22.[2]

After retiring as a player, Rowlands was coach of the Welsh national team for 29 matches between 1968 and 1974, becoming the youngest person to hold this position. This was a successful period for Wales, including a Grand Slam in 1971 and included the tour of New Zealand in 1969. He was manager of the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 1989, managed the British Isles team versus a rest-of-the-world team in 1986, and also managed Wales in the 1987 Rugby World Cup. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union in 1989.

After recovering from cancer in the 1990s, Rowlands has focused his attention on raising tens of thousands of pounds for cancer charities.


  1. Clive Rowlands player profile
  2. Richards, Huw. "Rowlands puts the boot into Scotland". Retrieved 19 February 2013.

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