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School remembers Teddy's 1905 try
From left, J F Williams, A F Harding, Willie Llewellyn and E T Morgan. The four Christ College old boys played for Wales against New Zealand in 1905 -  picture courtesy of Dr J M L Jones
Christ College old boys J F Williams (l), A F Harding, Willie Llewellyn and E T Morgan
The player who scored the winning try in Wales' first clash with the All Blacks 100 years ago has been remembered by his old school.

Teddy Morgan was one of four old boys from Christ College, Brecon, who lined up for the victorious team in 1905.

A group of present day pupils will be cheering on Wales at Saturday's match with New Zealand in Cardiff.

Headmaster Philip Jones said: "I hope the 2005 fixture gives cause to live as long in the memory as the 1905 match."

A record crowd of 47,000 crammed into the Arms Park for the match on 16 December 1905 and Morgan, an avid singer, conducted the Triple Crown-winners as they sang the national anthem.

Half an hour later came the moment in the match which was enough to give Wales a narrow 3-0 victory.

TEDDY MORGAN'S RUGBY CAREER
From left, J F Williams, A F Harding, Willie Llewellyn and E T Morgan. The four Christ College old boys played for Wales against New Zealand in 1905 -  picture courtesy of Dr J M L Jones
He played 16 times for Wales between 1902/08
He was on the winning side 12 times
He scored 14 tries in 13 internationals
He played for Cardiff, London Welsh and Newport

Morgan touched down on the left wing, after beating two players.

However, the All Blacks claimed they had a good try disallowed.

Morgan's great-nephew, Jonathan Morgan said: "Scoring the winning try against the All Blacks made him an instant hero.

"He was invited to speak at many a dinner."

Mr Morgan, a retired army captain, said memories of his great uncle's exploits on the field had been passed down the generations.

Dr Teddy Morgan joined the Army after 1905 and served as a medical officer in India. He later served as a GP in Sketty, Swansea, before moving to practice in East Anglia.

As well as rugby, he played six innings for Glamorgan cricket club, was a "great shot" with a rifle and hunted tigers on the sub-continent.

Of his heroics on the rugby field, Mr Morgan said: "He played on the wing and was known for his great speed and remarkable ability to change pace.

"He was a fearless tackler and played for Cardiff, London Welsh, Newport and Guy's hospital (in London)."

All Blacks training session
The All Blacks training in Cardiff ahead of Saturday's match

Nostalgia

The other Christ College old boys who took part were Willie Llewellyn, Arthur Harding and Jack Williams.

Eighteen college old boys have been capped by Wales at senior level, 16 of them between 1881 and 1929.

Headmaster Mr Jones said: "On a special occasion like this it is reasonable to indulge in a moment or two of nostalgia."

Mr Morgan, a former Christ College student himself, added: "I won't be at Saturday's match, but I'll certainly watch it on TV and hope what happened 100 years ago inspires the modern breed of Welsh internationals.

"I'm disappointed we have six first choice players out, but it will test our strength and depth."


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