|Date Of Birth||23/11/1932 (85)|
|Place Of Birth||Neath|
|Height||173cm / 5' 8"|
|Weight||70kg / 11st|
CLUBS: Swansea University, Neath, Swansea, Cambridge University, R.A.F., London Welsh, Barbarians,
HONOURS: Wales (1 cap)
Bryan was born in Skewen in 1932. He learnt his rugby at Neath Grammar School but was regarded as a better cricketer as seen in his being captain of the Welsh schools against England at St Helens. He also played for Glamorgan seconds. But rugby was his first love and he played for Neath R.F.C. while still at school.
Bryan captained Swansea University but still managed to play for Neath as well. Although a scrum half at school he finally opted for fly half. A slight difference of opinion over his best position saw him join Swansea in the 1954-55 season and in his second game for them against Coventry in November, he broke his ankle and wrist.
After his economics degree Bryan entered Cambridge to take a diploma of education. He was successful in achieving his rugby Blue against Oxford and then played for the combined side in Argentina.
He returned to Swansea to continue playing and joined the R.A.F. to do his national service. During that time he played for both Swansea and the R.A.F and had many Welsh trials but the best fly-half in the world - Cliff Morgan- seemed to block his path. There were many outstanding players in his position at that time, but he did achieve his dream in 1960 against France at Cardiff.
A teaching career saw him move from Brecon to London where he played for London Welsh, captaining them in 1963, five years after he gained the same honour with Swansea (1958-59). It was while Bryan was in London that he achieved another milestone in being selected for the Barbarians.
Some highlights of his career at Swansea include playing against Romania (Sept 1955), Italy (Sept 1956), Australia (Jan 1958) and South Africa (Nov 1960). His last match for the "All Whites" was against Newport on 8th January 1966 in which season he played just two matches. The length of his career speaks volumes for the resilience, fitness and enthusiasm of the man.
A distinguished teaching career followed where he was head of economics at both Dulwich College and Rugby School. He retired in 1994 as the senior Housemaster, but claims that his greatest achievement was to physically coach every team in Rugby school from the under 14xv to the first XV, some eleven teams in all – a record!!!!
Bryan lost his sight in 2000 but then came the unthinkable in being selected captain of the English Blind Golf team against the Scots- England won. Since then he has become their secretary and has even managed to include the word- Wales- in the title- EWBG.
He is still scoring lower than his age and at 85, he hopes it will become easier.
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