About Gwyn

I’m a rugby and First World War historian. I have published  several books and have written many newspaper, journal and on-line articles. I have given talks to a variety of organisations. I have also made many media appearances and assisted with the production of TV and radio documentaries.

Particular interests include: early rugby history, especially in Wales; rugby in Victorian  and Edwardian Cardiff and Newport; rugby’s first superstar, Arthur Gould; rugby and the First World War; Cardiff in the First World War; the 16th Battalion (Cardiff City) The Welsh Regiment; and the history of Cardiff.

Radio Interviews

BBC Radio Wales:

  Good Evening Wales

  Good Morning Wales

  Jason Mohammad Show

  Radio Wales Sport

  Roy Noble Programme

Radio Cardiff:

  Chronicle with Ceri Stennett

Radio Documentaries: Interviews

Radio Wales documentary on Owen Rowe, Allez Monsieur Roe (2007).

Radio France, France Culture: L’Arms Park: au Coeur de la nation galloise (2014).

Television News Interviews

Made in Cardiff TV.

Television Documentaries: Interviews and Research

Appeared in, and assisted with the research for:

  Y Pymtheg Olaf (2014) produced by Stefan Morgan for S4C about the last Welsh international XV before the First World War.

  Rugby at War (2014) produced by Chris Perry for ITV Wales about the Welsh rugby internationals who died in the First World War.

  The Forgotten Warriors of World War One (2016) produced by Siân Roderick for BBC Wales about black servicemen from south Wales in the First World War.

Appeared in:

  Wales and the Great War (2014) produced by Greg Lewis for ITV Wales.

  Great British Railway Journeys: Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town (2018) presented by Michael Portillo for BBC2. (Series 9:7). (Wales v New Zealand 1905).

Assisted with the research for:

  The First Fifteen (2008) produced by Jonathon Hill for ITV Wales about Welsh rugby internationals and the First World War.

Talks and Presentations

On early rugby history; rugby in Victorian Cardiff; rugby and the First World War; and  the 16th Battalion (Cardiff City) The Welsh Regiment:

British Society of Sports History Conference (2005) (Award for best postgraduate paper)

South Wales Branch Western Front Association

Gwent Branch Western Front Association

Cardiff and District Rugby Union

The Cardiff Story (Cardiff Old Library)

Glamorgan Archives

National Museum of Wales

St. Fagans National History Museum

Cardiff North Probus Club

Roath Local History Society

Cardiff 41 Club (Round Table)

Firing Line Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier

Canton Rugby Football Club

Docks Company of Pals, Cardiff


BBC: World War One at Home: The Welsh Rugby Stars Who Died in the Great War

BBC Wales: World War One: The Wales rugby caps who lost their lives

World Rugby Museum blog:

         Charles Gerald Taylor: http://bit.ly/22bKALK

         William Purdon Geen: http://bit.ly/2bKAqe0

         Richard Davies Garnons Williams: http://bit.ly/2bdhrKc

         Louis Augustus Phillips: http://bit.ly/1RgEHaP

         Richard Thomas: http://bit.ly/29jFdjS

         John Lewis Williams: http://bit.ly/29F9sVX

         David Watts: http://bit.ly/29DUVGt

         Charles Meyrick Pritchard: http://bit.ly/2aVk7L6

         Horace Wyndham Thomas: http://bit.ly/2bQ8cCZ

         Brinley Richard Lewis: http://bit.ly/2pwpmqq

          David Westacott and Passchendaele: http://bit.ly/2BwSVSn

          Philip Dudley Waller: http://bit.ly/2BnXjmu

Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2017 (pages 16-17):

           Welsh Rugby and the First World War: http://bit.ly/2kwoik5

Abercamlais website

Brecon RFC website

Cardiff and District Rugby Union website

Cardiff Harlequins RFC website:

               Cecil Rhys Davies (Wales):http://bit.ly/1PkdjnS

Glamorgan CCC website

South Wales Branch Western Front Association website


Published in:

Glamorgan Family History Society Journal

South Wales Echo

Touchlines, Rugby Memorabilia Society Magazine

Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2017

World Rugby Memorial Brochure 2017

The Press

Assisted journalists from:

           Der Standard, Vienna

          Scottish Daily Mail

          South Wales Echo

          Time Magazine

          Western Mail