Dai Rees (rugby)

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David Rees
Personal information
Full nameDavid Rees
Playing information
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Abertillery RFC
Rugby league
Years Team Pld T G FG P
27 Aug 1921–16 Jan 1932 Halifax 279 28 2 0 88
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Glamorgan & Monmouthshire 1
1924 Other Nationalities 1
1921–36 Wales 6 0 0 0 0
1926 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1936–60 Bradford Northern
Source: [1]

David "Dai" Rees (birth unknown - death unknown) was a Welsh rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s and 1930s, and coached rugby league in the 1930s through to the 1960s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Abertillery RFC, and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain, Wales, Other Nationalities and Glamorgan & Monmouthshire, and at club level for Halifax (Heritage № 272), as a second-row, i.e. number 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums and coached at club level for Bradford Northern for 24 years when they won every honour in the game.[2]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Dai Rees won a cap for Other Nationalities (RL) while at Halifax, won 6 caps for Wales (RL) in 1921–32 while at Halifax, and won a cap for Great Britain (RL) while at Halifax in 1926 against New Zealand.[1]

Dai Rees was selected for Great Britain while at Halifax for the 1924 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, he did not play in any of the Test matches on this tour.[3]

County Honours[edit]

Dai Rees won a cap for Glamorgan & Monmouthshire while at Halifax.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Dai Rees played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in Halifax's 22-8 victory over York in the 1930–31 Challenge Cup Final during the 1930–31 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 2 May 1931, in front of a crowd of 40,368.

Honoured at Halifax[edit]

Dai Rees is a Halifax Hall Of Fame Inductee.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
  3. ^ "The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884–1942), 14 April 1924, Page 12". newspapers.nl.sg. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Halifax Hall of Fame". halifaxrlfc.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

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