Played for Newport RFC 1905-06 to 1922-23. Played 3 times vs touring sides: South Africa 1906, Australia 1908 and in the famous victory over South Africa 1912. Captained Newport 1920-21 including the 'All International' Newport XV vs Bristol (Won 17 v 0) on 30th April 1921.
Picked for the British Lions 1910 tour of South Africa; won 5 Welsh caps scoring 2tries - 1 on debut vs Scotland 1912 at Swansea (Wales 21 v 6 Scotland).
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In a series entitled 'A Peep in my Diary', the match programme for Newport v Leicester on 19th October 1946 contained the following:-
"No. 6. - R. C. S. PLUMMER"
"(The Former Newport and Welsh International Wing Three-quarter)"
"CAPTAINS UNDER WHOM I SERVED"
"It was season 1905-6 when E. Wyatt-Gould captained the Newport side that I played my first game for the First XV. Actually it was March, 1906, against Blackheath at home. Wyatt-Gould was a grand sportsman, and because he could not find his form he relegated himself to the Second XV. for the remainder of the season."
"In 1906-7 C. M. Pritchard was captain ("Big-hearted Charlie"), a superb figure, with superlative strength and a ready smile. He thought all the side should have been as strong as himself. He was again skipper in 1907-8, but developed a "knee" during the season so retired. T. H. Vile look over the reins. Charlie Pritchard was again elected captain for season 1908-9, but again his knee went and that was the end of his football career. Tommy Vile again carried on."
"T.H.V. was elected captain 1909-10. AS we had him skipper for nearly two seasons he knew most of our peculiarities, so that by subtle tact and occasional threats he blended his side into a really good team. He was a tactician also. A lot of readers will remember the Harlequins leading Newport by 15 points to 3 on one occasion. During half-time T.H.V. called all the side together and told the forwards that they had to "heel" and "wheel," not letting the ball loose at all as their backs were too fast for us. This we did very effectively, nursing the touch-line until we were in striking distance of their line. The 'Quins' backs were upset and wandered out of posi?tion. We scored another two tries (both converted) and a drop goal, thus winning in the last minute by 17?15. Tommy Vile was a great captain on and off the field. A disciplinarian_ at all times, he was very strict on training, especially Wednesday nights with a black-board lecture on tactics after gym. He would not tolerate smoking, etc., until after the game on Saturday, and to keep the side from slipping he would detail them to meet on Friday night for a nice walk and "pep" talk. Verb, sap."
"The late Walter Martin was the genial skipper of 1912-13. Strictly fair at all times, he was loved by all. He hated shady tactics."
"In 1913-14 Harry Uzzell captained the, side and had a good season. A great forward and a good captain, he "kidded" the opposing side very often."
"After the 1914-18 war, Fred Birt - that prince of place-kicking - was captain in 1019-20 and did the job very well by tact and his own in-spiring plav as well. It IS nice to see him amongst us again."