Full name James Denzil Thomas
Born April 21, 1929, Llandyfriog
Died February 17, 2014, Tenby (aged 84 years 302 days)
Major teams Wales
|Only Test||Ireland v Wales at Lansdowne Road, Mar 13, 1954 match details|
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A schoolteacher, Denzil Thomas was one of six new caps in the Welsh side to play Ireland in Dublin in 1954 as selectors made sweeping changes after losing to England. Wales won 12-9 with Thomas kicking the winning drop-goal in the last minute, but the match was described by the Guardian as being "about as lifeless as you can get and almost devoid of incident". Despite his kick, Thomas was dropped for the next game in Paris and was not selected again. His club career took in spells with Llanelli, Neath and Bath. The bulk of his teaching career was at Greenhill Grammar School in Tenby. While there he was refereeing in a game when one of his three sons, Roger, suffered a fracture of his spine which left him paralysed.