Malcolm Thomas
Thomas in New Zealand in 1950
Birth nameMalcolm Campbell Thomas[1]
Date of birth(1929-04-25)25 April 1929
Place of birthMachen, Wales[2]
Date of death9 April 2012(2012-04-09) (aged 82)
Place of deathBurnham, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight13 st 10 lb (87 kg; 192 lb)
SchoolBassaleg Grammar School
UniversityCaerleon Training College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Devonport Services R.F.C.
Newport RFC
London Welsh RFC
Barbarian F.C.
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
British Lions

Malcolm Campbell Thomas (25 April 1929 – 9 April 2012) was a Welsh and British Lions international rugby union player. A centre, he played club rugby for Newport. He won 27 caps for Wales and was selected to play in the British Lions on two tours of Australia and New Zealand.

After his rugby career Thomas became a successful business man. He died on 9 April 2012 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire.[3]

Early and club career

Born in Machen in 1929, Thomas went to school at Bassaleg Grammar and was chosen for the Welsh Secondary Schools rugby and cricket teams, before attending Caerleon Training College. After qualifying from college he became an instructor-lieutenant in the Royal Navy, playing for and captaining Devonport Services before playing for the Navy XV.[4]

He joined Newport in 1946 and played against South Africa (1952), New Zealand (1954) and Australia (1957) for the club. A versatile player, Thomas found himself being moved between centre and wing and was chosen many times due to his ability as a utility back.[5] He was also recognized as an accurate placekicker and was strong in the tackle, with a powerful hand-off.[6] Thomas also represented Cornwall and Monmouthsire at county level, and played invitational matches for the Barbarians and Crawshays. In 1958 ha was a member of the 1958 touring Barbarian team that played in Africa, scoring a try and two conversions in the win over East Africa.

He also played cricket for Cornwall in the 1951 Minor Counties Championship, making four appearances.[7]

International career

Thomas made his debut against France in 1949 in an away game at the Stade de Colombes, Paris, which Wales lost. The selectors kept faith with Thomas and he turned out for the next four Five Nations Tournament games, which saw Wales win the Grand Slam in 1950, the first time since 1911. Thomas was also part of the Wales Grand Slam team in 1952. In 1953 he was dropped from the squad as the selectors believed his play was becoming stale and was blamed for a bad pass in the game against England.[4] In a 1954/55 pre-season club trial he broke a leg, however he was back playing for Newport the next season and a return to club form saw his return to the Welsh side. On 19 January 1957 he was awarded the captaincy of Wales against England, and again later in the season against Scotland.

International matches played


British Lions


  1. ^ Newport RFC player profile Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Malcolm Thomas.
  3. ^ "Welsh rugby's 'Mr Versatile' dies". WRU. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Wayne (1979). A Century of Welsh Rugby Players. Ansells Ltd. p. 119.
  5. ^ Smith (1980), p. 324.
  6. ^ Smith (1980), p. 339.
  7. ^ "Player profile: Malcolm Thomas". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  8. ^ Smith (1980), p. 472.