Brian Price (rugby union)

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Brian Price
Full name Brian Price
Date of birth (1937-10-30) 30 October 1937 (age 77)
Place of birth Deri, Wales
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)
University Cardiff College of Education
St Luke's College, Exeter
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team


1960
1960-69
Cardiff College of Education
St Luke's College, Exeter
Cross Keys RFC
Newport RFC
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1961–69
1966
Wales
British Lions
32
4
(0)
(0)

Brian Price (born 30 October 1937) is a former Wales international rugby union player. Price first played international rugby for Wales in 1961 after impressing in the Barbarians squad against South African. He was selected for the 1966 British Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand playing in all four tests, and spent the majority of his career playing at club level for Newport. A teacher by profession he later became a journalist and aports presenter for radio and television. In 2006 he became President of the Former Player Association.

Rugby career[edit]

Price was born in Deri near Bargoed in South Wales.[1] After leaving national service he took a place at St Luke's College, Exeter and represented the College's rugby team. He also played for Cardiff College of Education, where he gained a teaching qualification, later becoming a PE and a Technical Drawing teacher at Thomas Richard Mining & Tech Institute in Tredegar and Caldicot Comprehensive.[1]

After leaving education he played briefly for Cross Keys RFC before joining Newport in 1960. In early 1961 Price was part of the Newport team who narrowly lost to the touring South Africa squad.[2] Less than a month later he was selected to play for the Barbarians against the same South African team, beating them 6-0.[3] Uncapped at the time, his performance for the Barbarians saw him fast-tracked into the Wales international team playing against Ireland just a month later in the 1961 Five Nations Championship.[4]

His Captained the club, most notably in the victory against the 1963 New Zealand All Blacks and attained 32 international caps for Wales including Triple Crown wins in 1965 and 1969 as Captain of Wales. He was selected for Wales' first overseas tour in 1964 and played in the Welsh rugby team's first match outside of Europe and its first in the Southern Hemisphere; played against East Africa in Nairobi on 12 May 1964, Wales winning 8-26. He played 262 games for Newport in all.

Price also played for the British and Irish Lions on the 1966 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brian Price". blackandambers.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Billot (1974), pp.243-246
  3. ^ Billot (1974), pp.249-254
  4. ^ "Brian Price". espnscrum.com. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Billot, John (1974). Springboks in Wales. Ferndale: Ron Jones Publications. 
  • Jenkins, John M. et al. (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Rugby Players. Wrexham: Bridge Books. ISBN 1-872424-10-4. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] BBC Sport Fiji Tour 1964
Rugby Union Captain
Preceded by
Glyn Davidge
Newport RFC captain
1963/64
Succeeded by
David Watkins
Preceded by
Martin Webber
Newport RFC captain
1968/69
Succeeded by
John Anthony