Phil Thomas won the first of his four Welsh rugby league caps n our second-ever international, a 35-18 win over England on April 20, 1908 in Tonypandy. He also made one Great Britain appearance. Signing up to fight in the Great War, he was killed in action on May 25, 1915, aged 31, on the fields of battle in Belgium and he is remembered in the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in that country.
William George “Stitch” Thomas is heritage #8 for Wales, meaning he played in the first-ever full international rugby league match anywhere in the world when he turned out as prop for Wales in our 9-8 win over New Zealand on January 1, 1908 in Aberdare. His one Great Britain appearance came in their second-ever match. Signing up for war in 1915, he sadly died on the Somme on July 3, 1916, aged 34, when he was hit by a German shell. He is now remembered in the Thiepval Memorial in France. In 2011, he became a Warrington Wolves Hall of Fame inductee.