the genealogy and history of the Bowdler family
Frederick Arthur "Lonza" Bowdler (4 January 1901 Abercarn – 17 December 1962 Chepstow) was a hooker who played club rugby for and was capped 15 times for . A coal miner by profession, remembered him in his autobiography, as a dedicated player, turning out for Wales on Saturday before returning immediately to his shift underground at his mine.
Although Cross Keys was seen as an unfashionable club at the time, it had already produced two respected internationals in and ; therefore although unusual, it was not a surprise when Bowdler was selected for the Welsh rugby team. In 1927 Bowdler was selected to face the and the next year made his debut in the in a game against England, which was also the last game for Wales captain . Bowdler played out the entirety of the and the . An unsuccessful period in Welsh rugby, Bowdler played through into the early 1930s when the team's fortunes began changing. He missed the , when Wales actually won the tournament, but was selected to play against the . His final game was at against Ireland in 1933, when Wales lost the selectors dropped 11 players from the squad. Bowdler was one of them.
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