Dai Prosser

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David Rees Prosser
Personal information
Full name David Rees Prosser
Nickname Dai
Born 13 October 1912
Neath, Wales
Died 6 May 1973 (aged 60)
York, England
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Prop forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Glynneath RFC
Neath RFC
Swansea RFC
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Glamorgan County RFC
1934 Wales 2
Rugby league
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1934–14 November 1936 York
14 November 1936–50 Leeds 327 13
Total 327 13 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1936–44 Wales 8
1937 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0

David "Dai" Rees Prosser (13 October 1912 – 6 May 1973 (aged 60)) born in Neath, was a Welsh dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1930s, and 1940s, and coached rugby league in the 1960s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales, and Glamorgan County RFC, and at club level for Glynneath RFC, Neath RFC, and Swansea RFC, as a Prop forward, i.e. number 1 or 3, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, and Wales, and at club level for York, and Leeds, as a Prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums, and coaching club level rugby league for Leeds.[1] Dai Prosser was a Bombardier in the British Army during World War II,[2] he died in York.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Dai Prosser won 8 caps for Wales (RU) in 1936–1944 while at Glynneath RFC in 1934 against Scotland, and Ireland, won caps for Wales (RL) while at York, and Leeds, and won a cap for Great Britain (RL) while at Leeds in 1937 against Australia at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield.[3]

Championship Final appearances[edit]

Dai Prosser played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, in Leeds' 2-8 defeat by Hunslet in the Championship Final during the 1937–38 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 30 April 1938.[4]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Prosser played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in Leeds' 19-2 victory over Halifax in the 1941 Challenge Cup Final during the 1940–41 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, in the 15-10 victory over Halifax in the 1942 Challenge Cup Final during the 1941–42 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, he missed the 15-16 aggregate defeat by Dewsbury in the two-legged 1943 Challenge Cup Final during the 1942–43 season at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury, and Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds, and played Left-Prop in the 8-4 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1947 Challenge Cup Final during the 1946–47 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 3 May 1947.[4]

During Dai Prosser's time at Leeds, they appeared in four Challenge Cup Finals winning two (1941, and 1942), and losing two (1943, and 1947), he appeared in three of these Challenge Cup Finals, and was on the winning side twice.

Testimonial match[edit]

Prosser's shared Testimonial match with David "Dai" Jenkins, Jr. at Leeds took place in 1949.

Other notable Games[edit]

Dai Prosser played Left-Prop for Northern Command XIII against a Rugby League XIII at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 21 March 1942.[2]

Rugby league coaching career[edit]

Dai Prosser assisted Joe Warham in coaching Leeds to their first ever Rugby Football League Championship win in 1960–61


Prosser was the younger brother of Wales, Glynneath RFC, and Neath RFC rugby union, and York rugby league footballer Glyn Prosser.


  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ a b "inside programme, Northern Command v. A Rugby League XIII, 1942". rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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