Treharne, Edward Llewellyn

Edward Treharne and his brother David, who also played for Pontypridd, were born and raised in Merthyr, but lived most of their early lives in Pentre House, near Treorchy. 

Treharne was the first Pontypridd player to gain a cap for his country. He had played for Cowbridge Grammar School, before playing for his local club of Pontypridd. Edward made his international debut on the then Mr Richardson's Field in Blackheath. 

The date was February 19th, 1881. England were the opponents, they won - scoring 6 tries, 7 goals, and 1 dropped goal, to no score from Wales (apparently in those days there were no points awarded for goals and tries). 

Strangely, Treharne only went to the game as a spectator, and was pulled out of the crowd when it was discovered that the Welsh team were short of a few players. The match had been re-arranged with the Rugby Union only offering the WRU one date, which was accepted, but the regular Welsh players had already been selected for their clubs in cup games and were not released.

The result staggered the Welsh Rugby team, and within weeks the Welsh Rugby Union was formed. 

The Valleys may have been deficient of many things, but there was plenty of space for sports of all kinds.

And so it was that within the confines of hardships, some created, whilst others accomplished their aims, and one of those was Edward Llewellyn Treharne, he made his mark in the history of rugby, and lit a beacon for those to follow in his footsteps.

Edward died on Thursday, December 29th 1904. He was forty-two years of age.

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