RIP Norman Dawkin

Norman DawkinWales Dragonhearts “original”, Norman Dawkin, who played in the first-ever international match in this category 30 years ago, has died aged 67 after a long battle with cancer.

Heritage number 11 for the Dragonhearts, the representative side of the community game in Wales, his appearance against England on March 27, 1994 was his only capped appearance, but he had previously played games for Wales Amateurs and Wales Students in non-capped games.

No actual caps were awarded at the time and it’s only in recent years that players have been receiving these moments, and last year, Norman was presented with his cap by his former team-mate, Kerry Sheehy.

A rugby league player for nearly ten years, he played his club rugby league for Aberavon in the old Southern League and MASWRLA (Midlands and South West Rugby League Association) competitions, helping Aberavon to title success in the latter in both 1989 (below) and 1990.

Norman started out in rugby union in his native Port Talbot, playing for Aberavon, Aberavon Green Stars, Taibach and St Joseph’s Old Boys, before switching to the 13-man game.

Sheehy, who used to be a development officer in Wales, said: “This is a sad time for everyone who knew him. We were friends for about 56 years and I was grateful to play alongside him. He was a fixture in the Aberavon sides during the seasons he played for us – a great guy, a good’un.”

Norman leaves his partner Jude, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Everyone at WRL sends their heartfelt condolences to all of his family and friends.

Norman Dawkin 05/09-1957-09/06/2024