BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
Elgan Rees toured with the British Lions to New Zealand in 1977, when he had yet to be capped by Wales, and South Africa in 1980 and at the time played club rugby for Neath. He made his international debut for the British Lions against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland, in August 1977 but had to wait until January 1979 for his first Wales cap, against Scotland at Murrayfield. Rees scored a try on his Welsh debut, and made his last appearance against France at the Parc des Princes in March 1983. He played 13 times for Wales and scored six tries, in addition to his single international for the British Lions.
Courtney Meredith (born 23 September 1926) was a Welsh international rugby union prop who played club rugby for Neath. He won fourteen caps for Wales and also played for invitational club the Barbarians. Meredith was a powerful prop, and was much praised by second row players for his tight packing, which allowed them the opportunity to shove the opposition. He played both tight and loose head prop but preferred tight head. Courtney represented the British Lions on the 1955 tour.
Ernest Raymond “Roy” John (3 December 1925 – 30 September 1981) was a Wales and British Lions international rugby union lock. He played club rugby for Crynant and Neath. John was capped 19 times for Wales and was a member of two Grand Slam winning teams. In 1950 he was selected for the 1950 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia. John was an agile runner for a lock, but was most notable for his excellent ability in line-outs.
Rees Stephens (16 April 1922 – 4 February 1998) was a Welsh international number 8 who played club rugby for Tonmawr RFC and Neath. He won 32 caps for Wales and was selected to play in the British Lions on the 1950 tour of Australia and New Zealand. He was the son of a past Welsh rugby international, Glyn Stephens, who was also president of the Welsh Rugby Union.
Born in 1922 in Neath, Stephens played under-14s rugby for Wales and then after being accepted to Llandovery College, he played for Wales Secondary Schools. During the Second World War Stephens played scratch rugby for many clubs while working as a miner. Initially a number eight, Stephens would later switch to the second row.
British Lions 1908.