Norman Harris (rugby)

Norman Harris (rugby)
Norman Harris
Personal information
Full name Norman Harris
Born circa-1918
Abercarn, Wales
Died 2007
Oldham, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Abercarn RFC
Ebbw Vale RFC
Pontypool RFC
Newbridge RFC
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1946–1949 Oldham 119 37 9 119
1949–1952 Leigh
1952–10/1954 Rochdale Hornets 57 9 27
Total 176 46 9 0 146
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–1953 Wales 7 3 9

Norman Harris (born in Abercarn, Monmouthshire - died 2007 in Oldham, Greater Manchester) was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s who at club level played rugby union (RU) for Abercarn, Ebbw Vale, Pontypool and Newbridge, and at representative level played rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for Oldham, Leigh, and Rochdale Hornets, playing at Centre, i.e. number 4 or 5.


Rugby career

Harris started his rugby career as a rugby union player in Wales. Born in Abercarn, Harris played for four South Wales clubs Abercarn, Ebbw Vale, Pontypool and Newbridge.[1] In 1946, Harris left behind amateur rugby union by signing for professional rugby league side Oldham. It was while playing for Oldham that Harris was first selected for the Wales national rugby league team, a home match on 12 April 1947 against France. Wales won the match 17-15, and Harris scored his first international points with a try during the game. He was awarded his second cap just seven months later in the next encounter with France, this time played away at Bordeaux; Harris again appeared on the score sheet with his second international try. he played two more internationals while at Oldham, two encounters with England, in December 1947 and February 1949. By the time of his fifth international game for Wales, just two months later, Harris had left Oldham and signed for Leigh.

Harris played for Leigh from 1949 until the end of the 1951/52 season; and was awarded another two caps for Wales during his time at the club, against France and Other Nationalities teams, both in 1949. At the start of the 1952/53 season, Harris joined Leigh becoming the team's player-coach.[2] He made 67 appearances for Leigh and was awarded a final international cap while with the club in 1953. He retired from rugby in October 1954.

Harris' international career was eclipsed by his grandson, Iestyn Harris, who made 25 amateur rugby union appearances for Wales and 19 appearances for Wales as a rugby league professional.

International matches



  1. ^ Former Wales international, Norman Harris dies Golden, Ian; Wales Rugby League; 6 March 2007
  2. ^ Former Hornets player dies Appleton, Dave; Rochdale Observer, 8 March 2007

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