Howard C W Nicholls (OH 1946-1948)
Former Wales rugby international and Cardiff star Howard Nicholls died peacefully on the morning of March 2, at Danygraig House, Newton, Porthcawl, aged 79 . Devoted husband of the late Jill, dearly loved father of David, Sarah, Richard and Catherine, dearest brother of the late Colin and proud grandfather.

At Hereford Cathedral School he played in the same cricket team as brothers Peter and Dick Richardson, who later batted for Worcestershire and England. He became the son-in-law of Arthur Hugh Jones, a Wales wing of 1933. The wing or centre played 150 times for Cardiff between 1952 and 1959, scoring 68 tries. He was the Blue and Blacks’ top try-scorer during the 1957-58 season with 20 touchdowns and played in Cardiff’s famous 14-11 triumph over Australia at the Arms Park in 1957. Nicholls played at Cardiff during a hugely-successful period for the club, and as part of back-lines that included the likes of Bleddyn Williams, Cliff Morgan, Rex Willis, Alun Priday and Gordon Wells.

He was capped by Wales in the 9-6 victory over Ireland at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road in 1958. By coincidence, that was also outside-half great Morgan’s final appearance for Wales.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Alzheimers Society c/o Evan E. Thomas & Sons, Southlands Funeral Home, South Road, Porthcawl, CF36 3DA. Tel. 01656 783383
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