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Wales Cap Numbers

Leigh Halfpenny, prior to winning his first cap in 2008, stands beside the International Honours Board at the Millennium Stadium listing the name of every Wales international and their cap number

Michael Owen had the distinction of becoming the 1,000th player to be capped by Wales when he made his debut against South Africa in the 1st Test of the 2002 summer tour in Bloemfontein.

Wales's No.1 cap was their first skipper, James Bevan, who led the team at Mr Richardson's Field, Blackheath on 19th February 1881. Born in Melbourne, Australia he became the first Welsh international on the register because there were no other players with surnames starting with 'A' or 'B'.

His unique position as Wales's first captain was honoured 126 years later when his name was given to a trophy to be played for between Wales and Australia; the 'James Bevan Trophy'; the trophy was first contested on Wales's summer tour of Australia in 2007.

It took 55 years for Wales to cap the first 500 players; that landmark going to Barney McCall of Newport against England in 1936. The next 500, climaxing in Michael Owen (then at Pontypridd), took a further 66 years.

Players are given a unique cap number by the WRU on their debut. This number is calculated alphabetically for those new caps picked in a team and then by time of appearance for replacements.

Wales Cap Numbers by the 100

No. Player Year Venue
001 James Bevan 1881 at Blackheath against England
100 Stephen Thomas 1890 at Cardiff against Scotland
200 Sid Bevan 1904 at Belfast against Ireland
300 Ben Beynon 1920 at Swansea against England
400 David Jenkins 1926 at Cardiff against England
500 Barney McCall 1936 at Swansea against England
600 Len Davies 1954 at Cardiff against France
700 John Lloyd 1966 at Twickenham against England
800 Malcolm Dacey 1983 at Cardiff against England
900 Colin Stephens 1992 at Dublin against Ireland
1000 Michael Owen 2002 at Bloemfontein against South Africa
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