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Richard Morgan Owen (1876 - 1932)

Dicky Owen

Richard Morgan Owen became one of the finest players of Wales’ ‘Golden Era’ of Rugby and is still recognised as one of the most talented no. 9’s that Wales has produced.

Honing his craft at local side Hafod Rovers, he went on to represent Swansea Ruby Club in 1899. Here, he developed a partnership with half-back Dick Jones and their creative brand of rugby earned them the collective nickname of ‘The Dancing Dicks’.

Player stats

Richard Morgan Owen profile image

position Scrum Half (9)

height 5FT 4”

weight 9st 7lbs

debut WALES V IRELAND SWANSEA 16TH MAR 1901

appearances 35

‘Dicky’ dedicated 14 years to the club, culminating in a captaincy in the 1911-12 season.

Owen’s talent had caught the eye of the national side and he was first selected for international duty on the 16th March 1901 in a victorious encounter against the Irish.

His international career spanned more than a decade, and in that time, was capped an impressive 35 times. This was a surprising achievement as he had a slight build and avoided deselection during multiple squad reshuffles and tactical evolutions. Not merely an impressive duration at the top level, his time in an international jersey saw him win 5 Triple Crowns, feature in the side that beat the original All Blacks in 1905 and captain the side on 3 occasions.

Owen’s innovative development of ‘fast ball’ distribution and attacking feints secures his place not just in Welsh folklore but also as a forefather of the modern game.

If you are going to pass do so at once, and from the very spot where you get the ball. If you decide to run, also do so at once, and keep thinking as you run.

The Owen

A vintage reproduction of the classic 1909 international Wales rugby shirt

Made from 100% cotton, this ‘Dicky’ Owen jersey is a study of the original worn by the legendary Welsh scrum half.

Its highly woven cloth delivers supreme quality with a contrast twill collar and featuring nape embroidery commemorating the player’s signature characteristics.

The particulars of the original were carefully studied and reproduced. We’ve incorporated the Prince of Wales’ feathers emblem on the chest with unparalleled detail, emulating the embroidery of the era and delivering a vintage jersey that is tailored for a contemporary audience.

100% British made in our manufacturing facility here in the Midlands, with yarn spun in the same building.

Limited Edition range with only 250 jerseys available!

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£155.00