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Groves, John

John Groves was born in Bridgend in 1939. After playing for Pontypridd, he moved to Gloucester and joined the club early in the 1964-65 season. He made his CountyChampionship debut for Gloucestershire against Cornwall in October.

He played 48 games in the successful 1968-69 season when, under Dick Smith’s captaincy, the club scored a record 32 wins. Groves scored 17 tries and in his last match against Exeter at Kingsholm, finished as he started, scoring a try.

In April 1969, it was announced that John Groves would be leaving Gloucester to take up a job in South Wales and rejoined Pontypridd RFC.

After he retired as a player, Groves became a leading referee in South Wales.

John Groves: Winger 161 appearances 1958-1970