Dale McIntosh

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Dale McIntosh
Full name Dale Lynsey Manawa McIntosh
Date of birth (1969-11-23) 23 November 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth King Country, New Zealand
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 113 kg (17 st 11 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8 or Flanker or Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1989-2007 Pontypridd RFC 454 (?)
Correct as of December 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996-1997 Wales 2 (0)
Correct as of December 2007
Teams coached
Years Team
2007–2013
2015
Pontypridd RFC
Cardiff Blues
Correct as of March 2014

Dale Lynsey Manawa "Chief" McIntosh (born 23 November 1969) is a former rugby union player and current rugby union coach.[1] Born in King Country, New Zealand, he has become a cult hero in his adopted country of Wales. He received the nickname "The Chief" (or "Chiefy") because of his physical resemblance to the Chief Bromden character in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

He first arrived in the country in 1989, settling in the Coed-y-Cwm area of Ynysybwl (near Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff), following the path taken by his older brother Shane McIntosh. Very soon afterwards he joined Pontypridd RFC as a promising young forward.

Not content with simply being another squad member, however, McIntosh made a great impression in his first season at Sardis Road. Thanks to his Scottish father he was selected to play for the Scotland "A" side in 1992, but later opted to wait until his residential status meant he could play for Wales. He achieved this goal, playing for both Wales "A" and the full Wales international team, winning his one full cap against South Africa in 1996. Further international honours include several appearances for the world-renowned Barbarians team.

By the mid 1990s McIntosh had become one of the focal points of the Pontypridd RFC team both on and off the pitch. A strong back-row forward with good handling skills and a superb tackle, notably against Andy Robinson the former England Coach in a European Match against Bath Rugby Club at Sardis Road. He was a leader on the pitch and a hero on the terraces. He is also noted for the work he did within the youth structure of Pontypridd RFC, inspiring many of the current crop of young talent from the south Wales valleys.

Dale McIntosh was still at the forefront of his game when Rugby Union in Wales became a professional sport in the late 1990s. He was awarded his club captaincy in 2001. However, the changes in Welsh rugby to a regional structure in 2003 came somewhat too late for McIntosh: the strength of the Celtic Warriors' back row squad meant that he would have had to move to another region to gain a contract. Instead, he chose to stay in Pontypridd and help develop the next generation of regional players.

Following the liquidation of the Celtic Warriors regional set up by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), McIntosh accepted a role as the WRU's Rugby Development Officer for the South Wales Valleys, allowing him to continue to inspire young players in his adopted home. Alongside this he has continued as club captain at Pontypridd RFC, helping to nurture and develop the young team and leading them to successive finals of the Welsh cup in 2005 and 2006. However, personal circumstances (2005) and injury (2006) meant he was unable to play in either final.

After taking over as head coach in 2010, Dale led Pontypridd to a Swalec Cup win in 2011 before two consecutive Principality Premiership titles in 2012 and 2013, the latter of which was part of an historic league and cup double.

McIntosh left his position at Pontypridd in October 2013, he joined Cardiff Blues as defence coach, succeeding Rob Powell. With resignation of the Blues director of rugby, Phil Davies in March 2014, McIntosh with fellow backs coach Paul John took charge of region till a new director of rugby was appointed.

Dale McIntosh is best known for his immense ability on the rugby field, but is also popular for his charity and development work off the field.

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