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Keith Rowlands, Aberdare - Rugby

Keith Rowlands was born 1936 and tended the Aberdare Boys Intermediate School (grammar) which has now being demolished.

His potential was clear for all to see and it was no surprise that he excelled at rugby. It was self-evident even when playing for Aberdare Grammar that his future was in the game. After playing locally he moved to Cardiff's famous side and gained recognition when Wales picked him 5 times.

In 1966 he captained the Barbarian side then went on to further greatness by representing the British Lions on 19 occasions including 3 tests in 1962 Tour of South Africa, where he scored a try in the final International.

He became chairman of Cardiff R.F.C in 1973-1986 and he served International Board 1981-1986 then acted secretary form 1988-1996. Also Director of World Cup Limited between 1991 to 1995, the organisation responsible for the overall administration of Rugby World Cup.