Banks Ralph

by Geoff Pillinger
Player Ralph Banks

Ralph Banks

Position: Back

Born: in Bath



Education: St Saviours School, Larkhall, Bath



Debut game: 16th February 1924 v Aberavon

Final game: 14th November 1936 v Llanelly

Number of Appearances: 204

Career details:

Ralph was a product of the Bath Schools Rugby Union. He played for the Bath Boys XV and gained the distinction of playing in the Schools Rugby Union International Trial at Bristol in 1919.

He played for the Bathampton Club and then Bath Tramways Club

Ralph gained a regular place in the Bath 1st XV in the 1924-25 season and gained his Bath cap.

Not blessed by a powerful physique, Ralph made up for his loss of weight by using his head. He was a deceptive and elusive runner, possessed a wonderful pair of hands, tackled well and went down fearlessly to stop an opposition rush.

His strongest point was his kicking. Both in attack and defence he was able to place the ball to a yard and where necessary, never failed to find the touchline. He had a fine drop kick and could place goals accurately from medium or short distances.

Quiet and unassuming, Ralph was one of the most popular members of the Bath team.




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