Full name Carwyn Rees James
Born November 2, 1929, Cefneithin
Died January 10, 1983, Amsterdam, Holland (aged 53 years 69 days)
Major teams Wales
|Test debut||Wales v Australia at Cardiff, Jan 4, 1958 match details|
|Last Test||Wales v France at Cardiff, Mar 29, 1958 match details|
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Fly-half Carwyn James won two caps for Wales but is most famous for his role as the coach of Llanelli and the British and Irish Lions.
James was a teacher by profession, played fly-half for Llanelli and played for Wales twice in 1958. As coach of Llanelli he won four Welsh Cups and was at the helm when, in 1972, his side defeated the All Blacks at Stradey Park, 'the day the pubs ran dry'.
This victory came a year after he famously coached the 1971 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, the only Lions side ever to win a series against the All Blacks. James was renowned as a forward-thinking coach and his commitment to running rugby undid the All Blacks on home soil.
James never graduated to coach Wales, due in part to the infighting that dogged the nation's rugby administration, a fact that is still lamented. He suddenly on January 10 1983 in a hotel room in Amsterdam .