Tom having a friendly chat with Grant Batty

I was born 2nd April 1948, thankfully not the previous day. My formative years were spent at Hawthorn Secondary modern school, Pontypridd. Where my love for sport was devleoped by my sports master Mr Glyn Williams. In all aspects of life you need luck on your side, I have been lucky to have been in the right place at the right time on so many occassions.

A question I get asked regularly is would I like to be playing in the modern professional game. The answer is always an ephatic yes, although I would of added a contractual clause allowing me to have the occasional burger & chips! Another popular question is what is the difference playing in the 70's and now, simple answer, I never paid Tax!

Achievements

- Pontypridd RFC

- Llanelli RFC - Played in the team that famously beat New Zealand in 1972

- Represented Glamorgan County on 23 occassions

- Voted Welsh Player of the Year in 1972

- Wales Triple Crown & Grand Slam 1976

- Played 19 times for the Barbarians. 3rd on all time appearances list for a Welshman

- Played in the epic Barbarians v New Zealand game in 1973 and was involved in the greatest try famously scored by Gareth Edwards

- Toured with the British Lions to South Africa in 1974. Most successful Lions tour to-date. Played 22 Won 21 Drawn 1

- Played for Cardiff City Blue Dragons Rugby League

- Represented Wales Rugby League against Australia & England

Tom's Scoring Statistics

- Pontypridd RFC - Played 404 games, 171 tries

- Pontypridd RFC - 27 tries in one season. Current club record for a forward

- Pontypridd RFC - Scored 3 tries in 6 minutes against Ebbw Vale - Welsh Record

- Cardiff City Blue Dragons - Played 85 games, 59 tries

- British Rugby League record of 28 tries in a season (82/83) for a prop. STILL STANDS!