Welsh rugby league: A statistical journey

Dual Welsh international Iestyn Harris

Stats, they present so much. Dominance, longevity, success. So sit back, as we look over Welsh rugby league. 

The likes of Rhys Williams, Iestyn Harris and Jim Sullivan have donned the red of Wales, all enjoying personal success.

How do they fare against their other compatriots? Which coaches enjoyed success?

As a note, we have ensured these stats are as accurate as possible (if there are issues, please point them out), including points and data for all international matches that were available.

Wales Leading Try Scorer

Rhys Williams – 22
Christiaan Roets – 13
Iestyn Harris – 12
Elliot Kear – 12
Ian Watson – 11
Arthur Daniels – 9
Lee Briers – 9
Adam Hughes – 9
Damian Gibson – 8
Mark Lennon – 8

Wales Leading Point Scorer

Iestyn Harris – 12 tries & 58 goals (164 pts)
Jim Sullivan – 3 tries & 58 goals (123 pts)*
Lee Briers – 9 tries, 27 goals & 6 field goals (100 pts)
Jonathan Davies – 3 tries, 39 goals & 5 field goals (97 pts)*
Rhys Williams – 22 tries (88 pts)
David Watkins – 2 tries, 31 goals & 4 field goals (74 pts)*

Please note, players with asterisks next to their points total are indicative of when tries were three points and field goals were two points.

Welsh leading-try scorer Rhys WilliamsPlayers to have scored three tries for Wales

  1. Will Davies scored four tries on October 7, 1911 v Australia.
  2. Keiron Cunningham scored four tries on June 18, 1995 v USA.
  3. William Williams scored three tries on April 9, 1910 v England.
  4. Frank Evans scored three tries on December 4, 1926 v NZ.
  5. Phil Ford scored three tries on October 27, 1991 v PNG.
  6. Iestyn Harris scored three tries on June 11, 1995 v USA.
  7. Simon Quinnell scored three tries on June 11, 1995 v USA.
  8. Adrian Hadley scored three tries on June 18, 1995 v USA.
  9. Anthony Sullivan scored three tries at the 1995 World Cup v France.
  10. Iestyn Harris scored three tries on June 5, 1996 v France.
  11. Kris Tassell scored three at the 2000 World Cup v Cook Islands.
  12. Adam Hughes scored three tries on October 26, 2003 v Russia.
  13. Lenny Woodard scored three tries on October 26, 2003 v Russia.
  14. Damian Gibson scored three tries on November 9, 2007 v Lebanon.
  15. Christiaan Roets scored three tries on October 24, 2009 v Serbia.
  16. Elliot Kear scored three tries on October 10, 2010 v Scotland.
  17. Rhys Williams scored three tries on October 10, 2010 v Scotland.
  18. Rhys Williams scored three tries on November 3, 2018 v Scotland.

Head coaching records (from 1975)

Clive Griffiths – 15/25 (60%)
Martin Hall – 4/7 (57.1%)
John Kear – 8/16 (50%) (1 draw)
Iestyn Harris – 7/18 (38.9%)
Les Pearce – 3/9 (33.3%)
David Watkins – 1/3 (33.3%)
Neil Kelly – 1/4 (25%)
Ron Simpson – 0/1 (0%)
Bill Francis – 0/1 (0%)
John Mantle – 0/1 (0%)
John Dixon – 0/1 (0%)
Stuart Wilkinson – 0/2 (0%)
Thomas Coslett – 0/5 (0%)

 

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