online booking

Loughborough Sportin... Loughborough Sporting Club

John Mantle

Physical Education (3 Yr Dip), 1964

John is a Welsh former dual-code International rugby player. He was capped for Wales in Rugby Union, and for Wales and Great Britain in Rugby League.

John began his rugby career at a young age, playing for the Welsh schools. As an adult he played with Bargoed RFC before switching to first class team Newport RFC. While representing Newport, John was selected for Wales Rugby Union. His first cap was earned whilst touring Africa.

John played in the early games of the tour, including wins over East Africa in Nairobi and Boland at Wellington. His first international was against South Africa in Durban in 1964, but Wales were outclassed and lost 24-3. John played in the later games on the tour, including matches against Northern Transvaal and Orange Free State. On his return he played one final game in a win over England, at the Cardiff Arms Park as part of the Five Nations Championship.

John may have won more caps for Wales, but ‘went North’, switching to professional Rugby League when he joined St. Helens in 1964. He later played for the Great Britain Rugby League team including their tour of Australasia in 1965.

Throughout his Rugby League career John won the 65-66, 69-70, 70-71 and 74-75 Championship, 1966, 72 and 76 Challenge Cup and was also part of a 1976 Premiership winning team. In his final game John played Left-Prop for St. Helens during a defeat to the 1975 NSWRFL Season Premiers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge at Sydney Cricket Ground.