Friday, 29 May 2015

Death of Wales Rugby Cap- Anthony O'Connor

Former Wales and Lions scrum-half Anthony O’Connor has died, aged 81.
Tony O’Connor won his first of five Welsh caps against South Africa in 1960. He also toured with the British & Irish Lions to South Africa in 1962, playing in ten matches, although he did not appear in a Test.
O’Connor played his club rugby for Aberavon, who he skippered during the 1957/58 season. He played for the combined Neath-Aberavon side against Australia in 1957, South Africa in 1961 and New Zealand in 1963.
Born in Neath, O’Connor attended Duffryn Grammar School and Bristol University before joining St Edmund Hall, Oxford-where he gained an Oxford Blue-partnering Australian international Ross Shiel in the Varsity match of 1958.
He worked for ICI, then British Steel Company, living in Porthcawl, where in 2005 he became captain of the famous Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.

WALES CAP NUMBER - 656 -   Anthony O’Connor.  
Caps: 5.    Position: Scrum half.     
Games Played: 1960 v South Africa; 1961 v England,Scotland; 1962 v France, Ireland.
Born: 24 APRIL 1934 Neath.    Died: 22 May 2015 (aged 81). 


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