London Welsh U15’s vs Camarthen District U15’s
This fixture was first played in memory of Vernon Davies in 1973. Vernon gave 40 years service to London Welsh from 1932, both as a player and an administrator, until his untimely death on March 4th 1972. He was Club Captain in three successive seasons from 1947, a club record until John Dawes’ six year spell from 1965. On the administrative side, Vernon was best known for the contribution he made to the playing successes of the club and for his close and valued association with the Press. As the start of the 1972 season, he was appointed Chairman of London Welsh Selectors, a position he enjoyed, albeit for a very short time.
The first match was played a little over a year after Vernon’s death; and the London Welsh Schoolboys and the Camarthen District Schoolboys met in the first of a series of annual matches to play for a trophy given by Mr H Bryn Thomas, Patron of Carmathen & District Schools Rugby Union. Mr Thomas was a great friend of Vernon’s, whose memory the cup to be won on Saturday had been donated.
Many players who have played for Camarthen District Schoolboys have gone on to win Full Welsh Caps. Gerald Davies, Delme Thomas, Ray Gravell, Ieuan Evans and Roy Bergier, to name but a few. Roy has assisted London Welsh in resurrecting this fixture for our current U15’s to play.
London Welsh School boys was the brainchild of Ronnie Boon, with some assistance from Dick Ellis. Looking at the archives, the first reference to the schoolboys XV was in 1957 when Ronnie was schoolboys secretary, while among those on the committee were Harry Bowcott and the late Vernon Davies. Ronnie, like all good HMI’s, was an expert in getting the right man for the job, and it was not long before Colin Bosley was roped in. In the early days of London Welsh schoolboys, the star attraction was the visit of the Welsh secondary Schools side. They provided formidable opposition with a first glimpse of talented players as Gareth Edwards, Vaughan Williams, D Ken Jones, Brian Davies and Paul Evans.
Saturday’s opposition will be very strong as they bring 26 players and 6 Scarlets regions coaches. We believe passionately that our players have the opportunity to play in this fixture and will be posting our 21 player squad out on Friday for all to see. Some of our players are not available due to School match commitments, but we will still put a strong representation out from the club, plus we have 3 players from Teddington U15’s who have Welsh parents and couldn’t wait to be part of this fixture.
The London Welsh 1st XV match day lunch commences after this fixture, with Roy Bergier as special guest who will join us and present the trophy to the winning team and speak with some of the players during the lunch.
Updated 09:21 - 4 Mar 2019 by The Official London Welsh
Match KO is 11:30
Referee Neil Wharton