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Leslie Pearce (13 October 1923 – 21 April 2018[4]) was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s and 1950s, and coached rugby league in the 1970s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Swansea RFC as a lock, and club level rugby league (RL) for Halifax (Heritage № 619) as a second-row, and coached representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for Halifax, Leigh and Dewsbury.

Leslie Pearce
Personal information
Full nameLeslie Pearce
Born(1923-10-13)13 October 1923
Swansea, Wales
Died21 April 2018(2018-04-21) (aged 94)
Playing information
Rugby union
PositionLock
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–49 Swansea RFC 31 4 12
Rugby league
PositionSecond-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1949–59 Halifax 120 16 0 0 48
1959–?? Dewsbury
Total 120 16 0 0 48
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
Halifax
1972–74 Leigh
Dewsbury
Total 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1975 Wales
Source: [1][2][3]

BackgroundEdit

Les Pearce was born in Swansea,[5] and he aged 94.

Coaching careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Les Pearce was the coach for Wales in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup.

Player's No.6 Trophy Final appearancesEdit

Les Pearce was the coach in Halifax's 22-11 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1971–72 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1971–72 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 22 January 1972.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearancesEdit

Les Pearce was the coach in Leigh's 5-0 victory over Widnes in the 1972 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1972-73 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 19 December 1972.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Les Pearce - Halifax & Wales coach". Rugby League Journal. No. 63. Summer 2018. p. 31.
  4. ^ "Former Wales head coach Les Pearce dies aged 93". Wales Rugby League. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Statistics at swansearfc.co.uk". swansearfc.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.

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