William Roche (rugby player)

William Roche (rugby player)

Infobox Rugby biography
name = William Roche

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birthname = William Joseph Roche [ [http://www.blackandambers.co.uk/Personnel.aspx?pr=107259 Newport RFC player profiles] ]
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birthyear = 1895
birthmonth = 03
birthday = 28
placeofbirth = Limerick, Ireland
dateofdeath = 26 June, 1983
placeofdeath = Bandon, County Cork, Ireland
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ru_position = Number 8
ru_amateuryears = ?
ru_amateurclubs = University College Cork RFC
Newport RFC
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ru_nationalteam = Ireland
British Lions
ru_nationalyears = 1920
ru_nationalcaps = 3
ru_nationalpoints = (0)
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relatives = Tom Pearson, uncle
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university = University College Cork

William Roche, (28 March 1895 - 26 June 1983) was an Irish rugby union player who represented Ireland and the British Lions. Roche played club rugby for Newport and captained the team in the 1926/27 season. In 1926 he was chosen as Newport captain to face the New Zealand Māori team in a game which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Roche won his three caps for Ireland during the 1920 Five Nations Championship. He made his debut against England at Lansdowne Road, while playing for University College Cork RFC. Ireland lost the game, though Roche was selected to face Scotland two weeks later at Inverleith. It was a crushing defeat for Ireland, losing 19-0. Although Roche missed the next game of the tournament against Wales, he was back for the final game against France. A defeat to France left Ireland at the bottom of the Five Nations table. Although never chosen to represent Ireland again he was chosen to join the British Lions 1924 tour of South Africa; but was not selected to play in any of the international games against the Springboks.

International matches played

* 1920
* 1920
* 1920


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