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The pride of Wales

John GriffithsAugust 19, 2014
Ryan Jones tops the Welsh captaincy stakes © Getty Images
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Who are Wales's top ten Test captains? Stephen Edwards, Wales

The early record-holder was Newport's Arthur Gould who led Wales 18 times between 1889 and 1897, his tenure including the first Welsh Triple Crown season in 1893.

The record stood for nearly a century until Ieuan Evans overtook him in 1994. Only Ryan Jones (33 times) has now led Wales more often than Evans (28). Sam Warburton, the current skipper, is third on the list, one behind Evans.

Arguably the most remarkable Welsh captaincy record is that of Clive Rowlands. He was captain every time he played for Wales in a Test: 14 occasions between his cap debut against England in 1963 and his final Test, against France in a failed Grand Slam bid in Paris in 1965.

Top 10 Wales Captains
Tests Captain Span
33 R P Jones 2008 to 2013
28 I C Evans 1991 to 1995
27 S K Warburton 2011 to 2014
22 R Howley 1998 to 1999
22 C L Charvis 2002 to 2004
21 Gareth Thomas 2003 to 2007
19 J M Humphreys 1995 to 2003
18 A J Gould 1889 to 1897
14 DCT Rowlands 1963 to 1965
14 W J Trew 1907 to 1913

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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