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George Parsons (rugby)

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George W Parsons 21 April 1926 – 24 November 2009 was a Welsh dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s and 1950s He played representative level rugby union RU for Wales, and at club level for Abertillery RFC, Cardiff RFC, Newport RFC twice, and Newbridge RFC, as a Lock, ie number 4 or 5, and representative level rugby league RL for Great Britain, and Wales, and at club level for St Helens, Rochdale Hornets, and Salford, as a second-row, ie number 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums

Contents

  • 1 Playing career
    • 11 International honours
    • 12 Challenge Cup Final appearances
    • 13 County Cup Final appearances
  • 2 Honoured at St Helens RFC
  • 3 Outside of rugby
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Playing career

International honours

George Parsons represented Wales XV RU while at Abertillery RFC in the 'Victory International' non-Test matches between December 1945 and April 1946, won a cap for Wales RU while at Newport RFC in 1947 against England, won caps for Wales RL while at St Helens, and Salford

Parsons also represented Great Britain RL while at St Helens between 1952 and 1956 against France 1 non-Test match

Along with William "Billy" Banks, Edward "Ted" Cahill, Gordon Haynes, Keith Holliday, William "Billy" Ivison, Robert "Bob" Kelly, John McKeown, and Edward "Ted" Slevin, Parsons' only Great Britain appearance came against France prior to 1957, these matches were not considered as Test matches by the Rugby Football League, and consequently caps were not awarded

Challenge Cup Final appearances

George Parsons played left-second-row, ie number 11, in St Helens' 10–15 defeat by Huddersfield in the 1953 Challenge Cup Final during the 1952–53 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 25 April 1953 and played left-second-row in the 13-2 victory over Halifax in the 1956 Challenge Cup Final during the 1955–56 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 28 April 1956, in front of a crowd of 79,341

County Cup Final appearances

George Parsons played left-second-row, ie number 11, in St Helens' 5–22 defeat by Leigh in the 1952 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1952–53 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 29 November 1952, played left-second-row in the 16–8 victory over Wigan in the 1953 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1953–54 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 24 October 1953, played left-second-row in the 3–10 defeat by Oldham in the 1956 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1956–57 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 20 October 1956

Honoured at St Helens RFC

George Parsons is a St Helens RFC Hall of Fame inductee

Outside of rugby

Parsons was a senior manager at the Pilkington glass factory in St Helens, he was also a magistrate and a Liberal Party councillor

References

  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueprojectorg" rugbyleagueprojectorg 31 December 2011 Retrieved 1 January 2012 
  2. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David 2009 The British Rugby League Records Book London League pp 108–114 ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6 
  3. ^ a b Edgar, Harry 2007 Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Rugby League Journal Publishing ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  4. ^ McCorquodale, London SE 25 April 1953 The Rugby League Challenge Cup Competition – Final Tie – Huddersfield v St Helens – Match Programme Wembley Stadium Ltd ISBN n/a
  5. ^ "St Helens Hall of Fame" saintsorguk 31 December 2011 Retrieved 1 January 2012 
  6. ^ "Farewell to rugby great" southwalesarguscouk 31 December 2011 Retrieved 1 January 2012 

External links

  • Great Britain Statistics at englandrlcouk
  • Statistics at rugbyleagueprojectorg
  • Statistics at scrumcom
  • Statistics at wrucouk
  • Profile at saintsorguk
  • Abertillery RFC History
  • Programme for France v Wales 1947
  • Farewell to rugby great
  • Welsh stars still had a rugby ball in wartime
  • Profile at blackandamberscouk

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