Bryan Richards

Bryan Richards

Position: Flyhalf

Date Of Birth 23/11/1932 (84)
Place Of Birth Neath
Height 173cm / 5' 8"
Weight 70kg / 11st

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 retuned 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 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 the same honour with Swansea. It was while Bryan was in London that he achieved another milestone in being selected for the Barbarians.

Some highlights of his carreer 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 resiliance, 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 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 with 80 on the horizon, he hopes it will become easier.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1954/1955 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 6  
  1955/1956 18 7 4 7 4 0 0 1 15  
  1956/1957 20 15 1 4 5 0 0 1 18  
  1957/1958 17 8 2 7 2 0 0 4 18  
  1958/1959 34 16 6 12 3 3 1 9 45  
  1959/1960 29 18 4 7 1 3 0 3 18  
  1960/1961 35 22 3 10 7 3 7 4 60  
  1964/1965 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 5  
  1965/1966 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
  Total 158 88 20 50 23 10 9 23 185  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

Season Breakdown for 1955
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  06/11/1954 Blackheath FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 10 - 6  
  20/11/1954 Coventry FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 6 - 9  
Season Breakdown for 1956
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1955 Romania FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 39  
  08/09/1955 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  10/09/1955 Group Captains Walker's XV CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 8  
  15/09/1955 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 3  
  24/09/1955 Newport CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  17/12/1955 Aberavon CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  24/12/1955 Watsonians FH 3 0 0 0 9 W 31 - 3  
  27/12/1955 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 0  
  31/12/1955 Percy Park FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  02/01/1956 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 11  
  07/01/1956 RAF FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 16 - 19  
  14/01/1956 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  28/01/1956 Coventry FH 1 0 0 0 3 D 3 - 3  
  18/02/1956 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  03/03/1956 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  10/03/1956 Bath Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 5  
  17/03/1956 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 9 - 9  
  02/04/1956 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1957
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  29/09/1956 Italy FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 13 - 5  
  06/10/1956 Crynant FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 3  
  10/10/1956 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 24  
  13/10/1956 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 16  
  20/10/1956 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  17/11/1956 Coventry FH 1 0 0 0 3 D 8 - 8  
  24/11/1956 Richmond FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 0  
  01/12/1956 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  22/12/1956 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 0  
  26/12/1956 UAU FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 21 - 6  
  02/02/1957 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 3  
  16/03/1957 Leicester Tigers FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  23/03/1957 Wasps FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 8  
  30/03/1957 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 8  
  01/04/1957 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 11 - 21  
  13/04/1957 Otley FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  20/04/1957 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 13  
  22/04/1957 Barbarians FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 15 - 10  
  25/04/1957 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  30/04/1957 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 27 - 3  
Season Breakdown for 1958
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  07/09/1957 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  14/09/1957 Group Captains Walker's XV FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 6  
  19/09/1957 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 12 - 16  
  21/09/1957 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  05/10/1957 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 10  
  19/10/1957 Halifax FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 0  
  26/10/1957 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 0  
  02/11/1957 Blackheath FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 3  
  09/11/1957 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  16/11/1957 Coventry FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 11 - 14  
  30/11/1957 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  01/12/1957 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  21/12/1957 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  28/12/1957 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  11/01/1958 Australia FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 12  
  25/01/1958 Coventry FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 6 - 3  
  22/02/1958 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
Season Breakdown for 1959
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  04/09/1958 Welsh Districts FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 47 - 3  
  06/09/1958 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 11 - 11  
  13/09/1958 Group Captains Walker's XV FH 0 0 0 2 6 W 29 - 3  
  15/09/1958 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  20/09/1958 Bristol Rugby FH 0 1 0 1 5 L 11 - 17  
  25/09/1958 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 13 - 0  
  27/09/1958 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 12  
  04/10/1958 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 21  
  11/10/1958 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  25/10/1958 Neath FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 9 - 3  
  08/11/1958 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 9  
  15/11/1958 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 0  
  22/11/1958 Richmond FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  06/12/1958 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 14 - 0  
  25/12/1958 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  27/12/1958 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 8  
  10/01/1959 Newport FH 1 0 0 0 3 L 12 - 21  
  24/01/1959 Coventry FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 18  
  31/01/1959 Cross Keys FH 0 1 0 0 2 W 23 - 0  
  07/02/1959 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 8 - 8  
  14/02/1959 Scarlets FH 1 0 0 0 3 L 8 - 11  
  21/02/1959 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 0  
  28/02/1959 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 8 - 16  
  07/03/1959 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  14/03/1959 Bath Rugby FH 0 0 0 1 3 D 6 - 6  
  21/03/1959 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  28/03/1959 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 21 - 3  
  30/03/1959 Barbarians FH 0 0 0 1 3 L 11 - 18  
  04/04/1959 Abertillery FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  07/04/1959 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  13/04/1959 Scarlets FH 0 1 0 0 2 D 8 - 8  
  18/04/1959 Halifax FH 0 0 1 0 3 W 13 - 8  
  20/04/1959 Otley FB 1 0 0 0 3 W 6 - 5  
  29/04/1959 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 8  
Season Breakdown for 1960
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  03/09/1959 Welsh Districts FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 56 - 3  
  05/09/1959 New Brighton FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 22 - 0  
  07/09/1959 Gorseinon FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 9  
  12/09/1959 Welsh Academicals FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 42 - 6  
  19/09/1959 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 14  
  24/09/1959 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  03/10/1959 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  10/10/1959 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  17/10/1959 Halifax FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 0  
  24/10/1959 Harlequins FH 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 5  
  31/10/1959 Pontypool FH 0 1 0 0 2 W 19 - 6  
  14/11/1959 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  21/11/1959 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  05/12/1959 Cardiff FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 12 - 18  
  19/12/1959 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 3  
  26/12/1959 UAU FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 28 - 8  
  28/12/1959 London Welsh FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 3  
  09/01/1960 Newport FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 9 - 6  
  30/01/1960 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 8  
  13/02/1960 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 3  
  27/02/1960 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 6  
  05/03/1960 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  29/03/1960 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  02/04/1960 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 6  
  04/04/1960 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  16/04/1960 Harlequins FH 0 1 0 0 2 L 8 - 13  
  18/04/1960 Barbarians FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 0  
  23/04/1960 Aviron Bayonnais FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 16 - 16  
  26/04/1960 Tarbes Pyrenees Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 15 - 20  
Season Breakdown for 1961
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/09/1960 Welsh Districts FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 38 - 3  
  03/09/1960 Abertillery FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 3  
  06/09/1960 Pontardawe FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 40 - 0  
  10/09/1960 Aviron Bayonnais FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 6  
  24/09/1960 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 16  
  26/09/1960 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 6 - 11  
  01/10/1960 Harlequins FH 1 0 0 1 6 W 12 - 0  
  08/10/1960 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  15/10/1960 Neath FH 1 0 0 0 3 L 11 - 14  
  26/10/1960 Bridgend Ravens FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 6  
  29/10/1960 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 12 - 12  
  05/11/1960 Blackheath FH 1 2 0 0 7 W 16 - 0  
  12/11/1960 Aberavon FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 8  
  26/11/1960 South Africa FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 19  
  10/12/1960 Penarth FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 15 - 6  
  17/12/1960 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 5  
  24/12/1960 Watsonians FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  07/01/1961 RAF FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 10  
  28/01/1961 Coventry FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 3  
  13/02/1961 Scarlets FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 11 - 5  
  18/02/1961 Gloucester Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 10 - 6  
  25/02/1961 Bristol Rugby FH 0 0 0 1 3 W 9 - 3  
  04/03/1961 Aberavon FH 0 0 2 1 9 L 9 - 16  
  11/03/1961 Bath Rugby FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 13  
  18/03/1961 Cardiff FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 8 - 3  
  22/03/1961 Ebbw Vale FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 15  
  25/03/1961 Otley FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 19 - 6  
  28/03/1961 Neath FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 9  
  01/04/1961 Harlequins FH 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  03/04/1961 Barbarians FH 0 1 0 0 2 W 8 - 0  
  11/04/1961 Pontypridd FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 14 - 0  
  15/04/1961 Pontypool FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 11 - 6  
  21/04/1961 New Brighton FH 1 0 0 0 3 W 11 - 6  
  22/04/1961 Halifax FH 0 0 1 0 3 L 6 - 11  
  24/04/1961 Otley FH 0 0 4 0 12 W 12 - 9  
Season Breakdown for 1965
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  08/04/1965 Neath FH 0 1 1 0 5 L 11 - 16  
Season Breakdown for 1966
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  01/01/1966 Cross Keys FH 0 0 0 0 0 W 8 - 3  
  08/01/1966 Newport FH 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - London Welsh - Swansea -
Education: - Cambridge University - Neath Grammar School -
Region: - Scarlets -
Invitational: - Oxford / Cambridge Combined - Barbarians -
Honours: - Wales -
Services: - RAF -

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