Charlie Faulkner

Anthony George "Charlie" Faulkner (born 27 February 1941, in Newport, Wales)[1] is a Welsh former rugby union footballer who played in the 1970s and later a rugby coach.

Charlie Faulkner
Birth nameAnthony George Faulkner
Date of birth (1941-02-27) 27 February 1941 (age 80)
Place of birthNewport, Wales
SchoolSt Mary's School, Newport
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Newport Saracens RFC
Cross Keys RFC
Pontypool RFC
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British Lions
Teams coached
Years Team
1982-86 Newport RFC

Wales capsEdit

He played his rugby as a Prop forward for Pontypool RFC in their heyday in the 1970s and attained 19 caps for Wales, making his international debut in 1975 at the age of 34, was a 1977 British Lion and later coached Newport.

The Pontypool Front RowEdit

With Bobby Windsor and Graham Price he became part of the Pontypool Front Row also known as the Viet Gwent (a play on Viet Cong) and immortalised in song by Max Boyce.

He was a Judo Black Belt and a steelworker by trade - both factors conjoining to make him a formidable scrummager who was mobile in the loose, able to score tries even at international level.