Maurice Richards

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Maurice Richards
Birth name Maurice Charles Rees Richards
Date of birth (1945-02-02) 2 February 1945 (age 74)
Place of birth Ystrad, Wales
School Tonypandy School
Rugby league career
Position(s) Back
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1969–1983 Salford 498 956
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1969–1975
1974
Wales
Great Britain[1]
3
2
(0)
(0)
Rugby union career
Position(s) wing
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
?–1969 Cardiff RFC ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1968–1969
1969
Wales
British Lions
9
3
(21)
(0)

Maurice Charles Rees Richards (born 2 February 1945)[2] is a former dual code rugby international for Wales. A winger, he was part of the 1968 British Lions tour to South Africa. His grandfather had been a professional footballer with Charlton Athletic and Bradford City in the 1920s[3].

Richards played rugby union at club level for Cardiff, and the Wales national rugby union team before switching to rugby league in 1969 with Salford.[1][4]

Playing career

International honours

Maurice Richards won caps for Wales (RL) while at Salford 1969…1975 3-caps (World Cup in 1975 1-cap), and won caps for Great Britain (RL) while at Salford in 1974 against Australia, and New Zealand.[1]

County Cup Final appearances

Maurice Richards played left wing, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in Salford's 25-11 victory over Swinton in the 1972 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1972–73 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 21 October 1972, played left wing in the 2-6 defeat by Widnes in the 1974 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1974–753 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 2 November 1974, and played left wing, and scored a try in the 7-16 defeat by Widnes in the 1975 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1975–76 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 4 October 1975.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances

Maurice Richards played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Salford's 0-0 draw with Warrington in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1974–75 season at The Willows, Salford on Tuesday 17 December 1974, and played left wing, and scored a try in the 10-5 victory over Warrington in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final replay during the 1974–75 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Tuesday 28 January 1975.

Player's No.6 Trophy Final appearances

Maurice Richards played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Salford's 7-12 defeat by Leeds in the 1972–73 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1972–73 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 24 March 1973.

Career Records

Maurice Richards holds Salford's "Most Career Appearances" record with 498 appearances,[5] as well as being the club's record try scorer and is one of the fewer than twenty Welshmen to have scored more than 200-tries in their rugby league career.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org (RL)". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Maurice Richards rugby union profile en.espn.co.uk
  3. ^ Rees, Paul. "Wales's 1969 wing wizard Maurice Richards: 'I scored the tries but forwards won it'". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ Graham Williams, Peter Lush, David Farrar (November 2009). "The British Rugby League Records Book [Page—108…114]". London League Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6
  5. ^ "Salford at greyhoundderby.com". greyhoundderby.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  6. ^ Robert Gate (1988). "Gone North – Volume 2". R. E. Gate. ISBN 0-9511190-3-6

External links

  • !Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk (statistics currently missing due to not having appeared for both Great Britain, and England)
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