Reggie Gibbs

Reggie Gibbs
Reggie Gibbs wearing the Welsh strip
Full name Reginald Arthur Gibbs
Date of birth (1882-05-07)7 May 1882
Place of birth Cardiff[1] Wales
Date of death 28 November 1938(1938-11-28) (aged 56)
Place of death Cardiff, Wales
School Queen's College, Taunton
Notable relative(s) Patrick Gibbs, son
Occupation(s) ship-owner
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Penarth RFC
Cardiff RFC
Barbarian F.C.
Glamorgan County RFC
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

Reginald "Reggie" Arthur Gibbs (7 May 1882 - 28 November 1938) was a Welsh international rugby union wing who played club rugby for Penarth and Cardiff. He was capped 16 times for his country and captained his team on one occasion. Gibbs is one of five Welsh players to have scored four tries in a single game.

International career

Gibbs was first capped for his country in a game against Scotland on February 3, 1906. Wales won the game 9-3, but were completely outplayed by Scotland; the main reason for the Scottish defeat was Gibbs impressive display as a 'rover'. His work with Billy Trew turned the minimal possession Wales had into the three tries the team scored on the day.[2]

In total Gibbs scored 17 tries for his country, establishing a Welsh record which stood until Gareth Edwards broke it in 1976. In his final season, 1911, Gibbs scored five tries as Wales won the Triple Crown and Grand Slam, their last such success for 39 years. He captained Wales once, against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 1910, scoring a try and leading Wales to 19-3 victory. Gibbs toured Australasia as part of the Arthur Harding's Anglo-Welsh team of 1908. In the 1908 tour, Gibbs played two of the tests and scored the only try for the tourists in the first test.

International matches played


British Isles



  1. Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  2. Parry-Jones (1999), pg 167.
  3. Smith (1980), pg 466.
Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Johnnie Williams
Cardiff RFC Captain
Succeeded by
Louis Dyke
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