Morgan Stoddart

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Morgan Stoddart
Birth nameMorgan Lloyd Stoddart
Date of birth (1984-09-23) 23 September 1984 (age 34)
Place of birthTrealaw, Wales
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Wing
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–04
2004–06
2006–2010
Treorchy RFC
Pontypridd RFC
Llanelli RFC
?
40
12


(50)
Correct as of 13:48, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2012 Scarlets 85 (130)
Correct as of 17:48, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007-2011 Wales 8 (25)
Correct as of 17:44, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Morgan Lloyd Stoddart (born 23 September 1984)[1] is a former Wales international rugby union player. His usual position was fullback or wing.

In January 2013, Stoddart retired from rugby due to injury.[2]

His brother Hywel Stoddart is also a professional rugby union player.

Career[edit]

Treorchy RFC[edit]

Stoddart began his rugby career at Treorchy RFC, working his way through the club's youth ranks before finally making it into the senior team for the 2003–04 season while still only 18 years old. Stoddart made most of his appearances at fly-half that season, scoring over 250 points for the Rhondda club. However, Treorchy were relegated from the First Division and Stoddart was given a trial at Pontypridd RFC.

Pontypridd RFC[edit]

Unlike the previous season, Pontypridd deployed Stoddart at fullback for most of his appearances in the 2004–05 season, and gradually earned a reputation as one of the most attacking prospects in the Premiership; the following year, Stoddart made the number 15 shirt at Sardis Road his own, and his explosive breaks were said to have provided the catalyst for Ponty's 2006 Konica Minolta Cup triumph over Neath.

Scarlets[edit]

Stoddart's performances did not go unnoticed by the Welsh regional sides, and he eventually signed a professional contract with the Llanelli Scarlets in 2006. Throughout the 2006–07 season, Stoddart played as understudy to Wales international Barry Davies, playing most of his matches for Llanelli RFC, but he eventually made his breakthrough to the regional side in the latter half of the season, making nine appearances, including two in the Heineken Cup.

He also scored two tries, including a 25-yard effort against Ulster in the Heineken Cup. Stoddart's efforts were rewarded when he won the Principality Premiership Player of the Year award for his contribution during the 2006/07 season for Llanelli.[3]

During the 2007–08 season, Stoddart was given the chance to play at fullback regularly, following the departure of Barry Davies to Brive. Stoddart put in excellent performances which would lead to an international call up to the Welsh national team.

Wales[edit]

On 14 November 2007, Stoddart was given his first call-up to the Wales national rugby union team, for the Prince William Cup match against South Africa, and on 20 November, it was announced that he would be given the number 15 shirt as Wales' starting fullback. Although Wales lost 12–34, Stoddart shone on his debut, setting up Wales' first try and scoring the second. In January 2011 he was recalled to the Wales squad for the 2011 Six Nations Championship,[4] a tournament in which he scored two tries in three appearances, one in the opener against England and the other against Italy.

On 6 August 2011 during a World Cup warm up match between Wales and England, Stoddart broke his left leg after being tackled by Delon Armitage;[5] the incident was so graphic that match broadcaster Sky Sports chose not to show a replay.[6] The injury ended any hopes Stoddart had of playing in that year's World Cup in New Zealand.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgan Stoddart player profile ESPN Scrum.com
  2. ^ "Morgan Stoddart forced to retire after broken leg". BBC Sport. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  3. ^ 2005–2007 Principality Premiership Awards Archived 2008-08-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 2011 Wales squad
  5. ^ "Morgan Stoddart breaks leg as Wales lose". BBC Sport. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  6. ^ Blanche, Phil (7 August 2011). "Morgan Stoddart out of World Cup after horror leg break". Wales on Sunday. Retrieved 7 August 2011.

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