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To play for Wales is one thing, to captain Wales is another.

Whether a player has captained Wales 18 times, like current record holder Jim Sullivan, or just the once like a number have done, it's a great honour to lead the team out and stand in the centre for the photographs or coin toss.

From Tom Llewellyn, who captained Wales in the first ever international rugby league match between two full nations anywhere in the world when Wales beat New Zealand 9-8 in Aberdare on New Years Day 1908, Wales have had 46 captains.

Below is the complete list, ordered by the amount of times a player has captained Wales.

 

PHOTO LEFT - Craig Kopczak, captain of Wales for the 2013 and 2017 World Cups receives the European Cup trophy following Wales' win over Ireland in 2015.

 

 

Captain # Name Times as Captain Debut as Captain
8 Jim Sullivan 18 Test # 19 - 12/04/1926 England
26 David Watkins 13 Test # 85 - 16/02/1975 France
37 Lee Briers 13 Test # 135 - 03/11/2002 New Zealand
44 Craig Kopczak 10 Test # 162 - 20/10/2012 France
14 Ted Ward 9 Test # 51 - 20/09/1947 England
30 Jonathan Davies 9 Test # 109 - 17/10/1991 Papua New Guinea
12 Trevor Foster 7 Test # 42 - 27/02/1943 England
27 Bill Francis 6 Test # 96 - 20/02/1977 France
31 Dai Young 6 Test # 111 - 27/11/1992 England
35 Iestyn Harris 6 Test # 128 - 19/10/2000 South Africa
41 Jordan James 6 Test # 149 - 17/10/2009 England
2 Bert Jenkins 5 Test # 2 - 20/04/1908 England
11 Gus Risman 5 Test # 40 - 09/11/1940 England
17 Richard Williams 5 Test # 64 - 14/10/1950 England
6 Ben Gronow 4 Test # 13 - 10/12/1921 Australia
18 Jack Evans 4 Test # 66 - 15/04/1951 France
28 John Bevan 4 Test # 104 - 31/01/1981 France
7 Danny Hurcombe 3 Test # 17 - 07/02/1925 England
19 Bryn Goldswain 3 Test # 70 - 06/04/1952 France
23 John Mantle 3 Test # 79 - 07/11/1968 England
38 Paul Atcheson 3 Test # 136 - 26/10/2003 Russia
45 Peter Lupton 3 Test # 167 - 17/10/2014 Scotland
1 Tom Llewellyn 2 Test # 1 - 01/01/1908 New Zealand
3 Chick Jenkins 2 Test # 5 - 09/04/1910 England
4 Johnny Thomas 2 Test # 10 - 15/02/1913 England
25 Gordon Lewis 2 Test # 83 - 25/01/1970 France
34 Neil Cowie 2 Test # 126 - 15/10/1999 Ireland
39 Damian Gibson 2 Test # 139 - 17/10/2004 Ireland
5 Gwyn Thomas 1 Test # 12 - 19/01/1921 England
9 Joe Thompson 1 Test # 24 - 18/01/1930 Australia
10 Emlyn Jenkins 1 Test # 30 - 10/04/1935 England
13 Doug Phillips 1 Test # 50 - 12/04/1947 France
15 Dai Jenkins 1 Test # 56 - 22/09/1948 England
16 Ralph Morgan 1 Test # 62 - 12/11/1949 France
20 Billy Banks 1 Test # 76 - 13/12/1953 France
21 Tommy Harris 1 Test # 77 - 01/03/1959 France
22 Lewis Jones 1 Test # 78 - 17/02/1963 France
24 John Warlow 1 Test # 80 - 09/03/1969 France
29 Trevor Skerrett 1 Test # 108 - 14/10/1984 England
32 Paul Moriarty 1 Test # 124 - 26/06/1996 England
33 Kelvin Skerrett 1 Test # 125 - 19/06/1998 England
36 Keiron Cunningham 1 Test # 134 - 29/07/2001 England
40 Ben Flower 1 Test # 148 - 10/10/2008 England
42 Ian Watson 1 Test # 153 - 06/10/2010 Italy
43 Gareth Thomas 1 Test # 156 - 23/10/2010 France
46 Rhodri Lloyd 1 Test # 174 - 21/10/2016 Jamaica