Louis Augustus Phillips was born on 24 February 1878 in Newport.
He attended Monmouth Grammer school, and was a great all round sportsman excelling at water polo and cricket, as well as rugby.
He played for Newport, his debut taking place during the 1897/98 season.
Lou played scrum half for Wales on four occasions, making his international debut against England in 1900, and he was part of the Triple Crown wining side of that year.
In 1901 he badly damaged his knee playing against Scotland, whist earning his fourth cap, an injury which put an end to his international career.
He subsequently excelled at golf winning both the Welsh and Irish amateur championships.
At the outbreak of World War One, he enlisted with the 20th Battalion Royal fusiliers
At the age of 38, on active duty in France, he was shot in the chest whilst out with a wiring party on 14 March 1916.
He is buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais (Grave L1.10B
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