John Faull

John Faull
Full name John Faull
Date of birth (1933-06-30) 30 June 1933
Place of birth Morriston, Wales[1]
Height 6ft.
Weight 14 st 13 lb
School Bromsgrove School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number 8
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Swansea RFC
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Lions

John Faull (born 30 June 1933) was a Welsh international number 8 who played club rugby for Swansea. He won twelve caps for Wales and was selected to play in the British Lions on the 1959 tour of Australia and New Zealand. His father, Wilfred Faull, was an international rugby referee and was president of the Welsh Rugby Union in the 1960s.[3]

Rugby career

Faull joined Swansea in October 1953 at the age of twenty. In December of that year he was chosen to face the touring New Zealand team alongside Len Blyth and Clem Thomas and he kicked two penalty goals scoring all Swansea's points in a memorable 6-6 draw.[4]

Faull made his Wales debut in the 1957 Five Nations Championship in a narrow win against Ireland. It was a difficult match played in terrible muddy conditions, and in the second half the entire Welsh team were allowed to retire to the changing rooms to change their kit to allow the referee to distinguish the teams. His second game for Wales was in the same tournament against France, and Faull scored his first international points when he scored a try. Faull played a total of twelve games for Wales including the 1958 test match against the touring Australians.

In 1959 he was selected to tour with the 1959 British Lions, and played in four test matches, one against Australia and three against New Zealand.

Personal life

John Faull married Anne Munday on 1 November 1959. They had 3 children; Jonathan Faull, Isobel Davies and Antonia Watkins. They now have 6 grandchildren. They still live in Wales; in Old Walls, Gower.

International matches played


British Lions



  1. Ospreys player profiles
  2. Welsh Rugby Union player profiles
  3. Smith (1980), pg 361.
  4. Smith (1980), pg 347.
  5. Smith (1980), pg 466.
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