Born the 4th of 8 sons of George 'Twyber' Travers. Ex-Pill Harriers RFC who he played for aged just 15. Played for Newport RFC from 1935-36 to 1945-46 when he retired, but came out of retirement for 1948-49! Often the tallest forward in pre-war matches and so doubled as hooker and lineout jumper. Elected Newport RFC captain 1939-40, a season truncated by the outbreak of War when he enlisted in First Monmouthshire Regiment.
One of only 4 players to play for Wales before and after World War II - won 12 caps 1937-1949 and was the only Newport player on the British & Irish Lions 1938 tour to South Africa. Springboks called him the 'Prince of Hookers'.
Also 'guested' for Cardiff RFC in April 1948 on their Devon Tour. Former Chairman - returned to Pill Harriers and became President. Brothers Jack, Chris and Reg played for Newport RFC. W. H. Travers also played for The Army and Barbarians.
In his book "Rugby Recollections" W. J. T. Collins wrote:-
"There have been cases in all the countries where fathers who won their international caps have been succeeded by sons who equally deserved the honour. In 1937 W. H. Travers (Newport) was selected to play for Wales against England, and in time he became what his father, George Travers, was thirty years before - the most successful hooker of the day. He was a great scrummager - scientific and powerful, quick of sight and thought, quick of foot; and his side usually enjoyed frequent possession of the ball. But the younger Travers was usually also one of the most skilful dribblers in the game, and a determined runner. He played in 1937-8-9 against Scotland and Ireland, in 1938-9 against England. He was one of the British Team who went to South Africa in 1938."