Groves, John

Groves, John

John Groves was a Welsh left wing and utility back who made 159 appearances for Gloucester between 1964 and 1969, scoring 40 tries. He played in all three championship games for Gloucestershire in 1966-67. Groves returned to Pontypridd RFC in 1969 and went on to become a leading referee.

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. 

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