Clive Griffiths (rugby)

Clive Ronald Griffiths (born 2 April 1954), also known by the nickname of "Griff", is a Welsh former dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s, and coached rugby union and rugby league in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales, at invitational level for the Barbarian F.C., and at club level for Llanelli RFC, as a full-back, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for St. Helens and Salford, as a fullback, wing or centre, and coached representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales (Defence Coach), and at club level for Newcastle Emlyn RFC, London Welsh RFC (Assistant Coach), Swansea RFC (Assistant Coach), Newport Gwent Dragons (Assistant Coach), Doncaster Knights (two spells), Worcester Warriors and RGC 1404 (in Colwyn Bay), and representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for the South Wales and the North Wales Crusaders, and as of 2018 he is the Director of Rugby at the Doncaster Knights.[1][2][3][4]

Clive Griffiths
Personal information
Full nameClive Ronald Griffiths
Born (1954-04-02) 2 April 1954
Loughor, Swansea, Wales
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1971–79 Llanelli RFC 181 78 45 1 422
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1979 Wales 1 0
Barbarian F.C.
Rugby league
PositionFullback, Wing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1979–84 St. Helens 100 11 277 8 600
1984–86 Salford 42 20 151 6 388
Total 142 31 428 14 988
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1980–81 Wales 2 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Rugby union
Years Team Gms W D L W%
200607 Doncaster Knights
200709 Worcester Warriors
2012 Doncaster Knights
Total 0 0 0 0
Rugby league
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1996 South Wales 22 12 0 10 55
201114 North Wales Crusaders 61 35 0 26 57
Total 83 47 0 36 57
Years Team Gms W D L W%
199100 Wales 25 15 0 10 60
As of 10 November 2015
Source: [1][2][3][4]


Clive Griffiths was born in Loughor, Swansea, he was affectionately known as "Clive the Ship" after the family pub in nearby Penclawdd, he was a pupil at Gowerton Grammar School, he is the father of the rugby league International footballers Rhys and Owain Griffiths

International rugby union career

He represented the Barbarians and on the international scene he was capped once against England in his last match for Wales on 17 March 1979. After winning his Wales B cap he was selected on the bench three times previously during the 1979 Five Nations but was an unused replacement.[1][2]

Rugby league club career

On 16 August 1979 he switched codes signing for St. Helens rugby league club for a world record £27,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £183,200 in 2015),[5] and making his début in the 28-16 defeat by Widnes in the first round of the 1979 Lancashire County Cup at Knowsley Road, Eccleston, St Helens on Sunday 19 August 1979. In exactly 100 appearances he scored 598 points from 276 goals, 8 drop goals and 11 tries. After playing his last match for the club against Hull Kingston Rovers On 9 October 1984 he joined Salford.[3] He also coached at St.Helens and Warrington before returning to Rugby Union.[6]

Rugby league coaching career

In September 1986, he returned to Saints to take up the position of fitness conditioner and a move into coaching the Wales national rugby league team led to some very creditable performances under his guidance including a World Cup semi-final match against the eventual winners Australia with a first half performance that gave Wales a half time lead.[6] He spent 10 years with the Welsh rugby league team, twice guiding them to the semi-final stage of the World Cup and winning the European Championship for the first time in 57 years. He also enjoyed a spell as Great Britain rugby league coach in 1996.[4]

Rugby union coaching career

Whilst playing for Llanelli Griffiths took up his first senior coaching appointment in 1977 at the age of 25 for Newcastle Emlyn RFC. His first professional coaching role in union was with London Welsh for three seasons before joining Swansea as assistant coach in 2000. He later joined Mike Ruddock at the Newport Gwent Dragons again as assistant coach. Griffiths was appointed to the Wales Squad Coaching team on 1 July 2001 by Graham Henry and remained a part of the set up through the 2003 Rugby World Cup and five Six Nations campaigns, including the 2005 RBS Six Nations Grand Slam where he was credited for his part in tightening Wales' defensive line, particularly in their tackling performance against England.

In May 2006 he joined the then National One side Doncaster as director of rugby on a two-year deal,[7] leading them to third place in National Division One.

Clive Griffiths joined Worcester Warriors as Head Coach and assistant to Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock in June 2007 on an initial two-year deal.[8]

He went on to coach RGC 1404 North Wales rugby club who are being fast tracked into the Welsh Premiership.[9]

Return to rugby league coaching

In November 2011 Griffiths signed a 2-year deal to coach North Wales Crusaders, the rugby league side risen from the ashes of the former Super League franchise Crusaders. North Wales play in the Cooperative Championships 1 division.

After a winning eight out of 18 games, including three doubles, and just two more victories would have put in them in the end of season play-off competition. The following year The Crusaders won the double and were crowned champions and won the Northern Rail Cup and Griffiths was awarded Championship 1 Coach of the Year.[10]


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  2. "Statistics at (RU)". 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. "Statistics at (RL)". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. "Coach Statistics at (RL)". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. "Profile at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. "Doncaster name Griffiths as coach". 31 December 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2007.
  8. "Clive Griffiths – Head Coach". 31 December 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  9. "Rygbi Gogledd Cymru - CIC at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  10. "Championships awards nominees announced". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
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