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Farewell to the unique Barry John

John Griffiths October 31, 2013
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Can you find any information on Barry John's last match held at the Arms Park in 1972 vs Carwyn James XV? Ian Monzari, New Zealand

The match was played on April 26, 1972 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Urdd Gobaith Cymru - the Welsh League of Youth movement which was dear to Carwyn James and Barry John's hearts.

Officially titled Barry John's XV v Carwyn James's XV, it was effectively "Wales" against the "British/Irish Lions." There were 22 of the successful Lions who had toured New Zealand in 1971 on the field that early spring Wednesday.

Around 35,000 saw an exhilarating game played in perfect conditions, Barry John's side winning 32-28 with the master scoring 14 points that included the first and last (winning) tries of the game. And then he was gone. Barry surprised everyone nine days later by announcing his retirement from all senior rugby.

Barry John's XV: JPR Williams; Gerald Davies, Roy Bergiers, Arthur Lewis, Billy Raybould; Barry John (captain), Gareth Edwards; Delme Thomas, John Lloyd, Mike Roberts, Geoff Evans, Lyn Baxter, Dai Morris, Mervyn Davies, John Taylor

Scorers Tries: John (2), Bergiers, G Davies, Morris, Williams Conversions: John (3), Edwards

Carwyn James's XV: Bob Hiller; Roy Mathias, John Dawes (captain), John Spencer, David Duckham; Phil Bennett, "Chico" Hopkins; "Mighty Mouse" McLauchlan, Roy Thomas, "Sandy" Carmichael, Gordon Brown, Derek Quinnell, Mick Hipwell, Rodger Arneil, Peter Dixon.

Scorers Tries: Brown (2), Carmichael, Dawes Conversions: Bennett (3) Penalty Goals: Bennett (2)

Referee Meirion Joseph (WRU)

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.
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