Harry Bowcott – 1907 to 2004

Harry Bowcott, the former British and Irish Lions outside half, has died at the age of 97. He was the oldest surviving Welsh rugby international and one of our first Welsh Rugby Honda Hall of Fame heroes.

Born in Cardiff, Bowcott made his debut for Wales in the victory over Scotland at Swansea in 1929 and went on to captain his country the following year against England at Cardiff Arms Park.

He won eight Wales caps between 1929-33 and played in 20 of the 27 Lions games on the 1930 tour to New Zealand and Australia including all five Tests, scoring six tries along the way.

It was at outside half that Bowcott developed into one of the best players of his generation and deservedly earned his place in that exclusive group of all-time greats who have worn the No 10 jersey for the Lions and Wales.

Bowcott played club rugby for Cardiff and London Welsh.

Away from rugby, Bowcott was a civil servant throughout his working life and used his experiences from both on and off the field to good effect to become one of Welsh rugby’s leading administrators.

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