Viv Huzzey

Viv Huzzey

Infobox Rugby biography
name = Viv Huzzey

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birthname = Henry Vivian Pugh Huzzey [ [ Toogood family tree] ]
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birthyear = 1876
birthmonth = 07
birthday = 24
placeofbirth = Varteg, Wales
deathyear = 1929
deathmonth = 08
deathday = 16
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ru_position = Wing
ru_amateuryears = 1895-1900
ru_amateurclubs = Cardiff RFC
Oldham RLFC
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ru_nationalyears = 1898-1899
ru_nationalcaps = 5
ru_nationalpoints = (16)
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Viv Huzzey (24 July 1876 - 29 August 1929) was a Welsh rugby union wing who played club rugby for Cardiff and won five caps for Wales. Huzzey was also an international baseball player.Parry-Jones (1999), pg 37.]

Club career

Huzzey was a fast wing with a strong scoring record, averaging around twenty tries a season. A popular player he worked well in partnership with Welsh rugby legend Gwyn Nicholls for both Cardiff and later for Wales. In 1900 at a general meeting for Cardiff Rugby Club, Nicholls and Huzzey were the only two names put forward for the position of captain for the next season. Nicholls had been the captain the previous two seasons, and Huzzey his vice, deputising well when Nicholls was absent.Parry-Jones (1999), pg 82.] At the meeting Nicholls announced he was removing from contention to allow Huzzey the role, which caused the members to lobby Nicholls to change his mind in a very emotional charged situation. Nicholls did so and was re-elected. Huzzey felt betrayed by this move, as it was believed Huzzey would have otherwise been selected. Huzzey took umbrage and in September 'Went North', joining rugby league side Oldham RLFC.Parry-Jones (1999), pg 83.]

International career

Huzzey gained his first international cap against Ireland on 18 March, 1898 at Limerick under the captaincy of Billy Bancroft. This was Wales's first match after their exile caused by the Gould Affair, but the team had not lost form and beat Ireland 11-3, with Huzzey scoring one of two tries. He was back for Wales against England on 2 April and although Wales lost, Huzzey played well scoring all the Welsh points with a try and a drop goal. Huzzey was back the next season in the 1899 Home Nations Championship and in the first game against England at St Helens, Wales were rampant; Willie Llewellyn scored four tries on his debut, and Huzzey scoring two tries himself. Huzzey's last two international matches against Ireland and Scotland saw him on the losing side. It is unknown if Huzzey would have won further caps as his decision to switch to the professional game of rugby league made him ineligible for further selection.

International matches played

WalesSmith (1980), pg 467.]
* 1898, 1899
* 1898, 1899
* 1899




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