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Plaque to scorer of 1905 Wales try against New Zealand

Dr Edward "Teddy" Morgan
"Teddy" Morgan was born and brought up in Abernant in the Cynon Valley

The player who scored the winning try in Wales' first match against the All Blacks more than 100 years ago has been commemorated in his home town.

A blue plaque was unveiled in Abernant, near Aberdare in Cynon Valley, in honour of Dr Edward "Teddy" Morgan.

Dr Morgan also led the team in singing the Welsh anthem before the famous 1905 match in Cardiff.

Rhondda Cynon Taf council is erecting blue plaques to highlight historical sites in the area.

The plaque for Dr Morgan was erected on a plinth next to Agents Row, where he was born and brought up.

Some of Dr Morgan's descendants, including his great-nephew, great-grandson and great-great-grandson attended the ceremony.

Rhondda Cynon Taf mayor, Robert Smith, said: "Dr Teddy Morgan was one of those individuals whose contribution to the world of rugby was phenomenal, and his famous game-winning try between Wales and the New Zealand team way back in 1905 has gone down in history."

Dr Edward "Teddy" Morgan plaque
The plaque has been placed on a plinth near his birthplace

Dr Morgan was born in 1880 and educated at Christ College in Brecon before studying medicine in London, where he also played for London Welsh.

His career with Wales saw him score 14 tries from the wing, but none more famous than the one against the All Blacks.

He touched down on the left wing after beating two players, giving Wales a narrow 3-0 victory.

As well as rugby, he played six innings for Glamorgan cricket club and was said to have been a great shot with a rifle.

He died on 1 September 1949.



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