Dean Ryan

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Dean Ryan
Full name Dean Ryan
Date of birth (1966-06-22) 22 June 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, England
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 17 st 0 lb (108 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
London Wasps
Newcastle Falcons
Bristol Rugby


National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1990-1998 England 6 ()
Teams coached
Years Team
Bristol Rugby
Gloucester (asst coach)
Gloucester (head coach)
Scotland (asst coach)
Worcester Warriors
Correct as of 30 June 2016

Dean Ryan is a former corporal in the Corp of Royal Engineers and England Rugby Union Number 8, and was Head Coach at Guinness Premiership side Gloucester Rugby. He was appointed DOR (Director of Rugby) at Worcester Warriors on 17 April 2013. He was released from this role on 30 June 2016.

Playing career[edit]

During his on-field career Ryan played for Saracens, Wasps, Newcastle and Bristol. Regarded as one of the most competitive and robust forwards of his generation he saw league success twice during his career with Wasps (96-97), and captained Newcastle to league success on the first attempt during the 97-98 season, making 21 appearances.[1] He was awarded six England caps during his career with his International debut against Argentina in 1990.

Coaching career[edit]

Ryan moved into coaching while at Bristol, taking the reins at the club for the beginning of the 2000-01 season, and took the club to the Zurich Championship Final in 2002 where they lost to Gloucester Rugby. Ryan moved to Gloucester Rugby after this as Assistant Head Coach under Nigel Melville. Following Melville's departure from Gloucester Rugby in 2005, Ryan was appointed to the Head Coach role which he held through the 2008-09 season.

During his time at Gloucester Rugby, Ryan has assembled a team featuring a number of highly talented youngsters, and has put together a back-line considered by many to be one of the most exciting in English club rugby. Following the dismissal of Andy Robinson as England head coach, Dean Ryan was amongst the favourites to be his successor. However Ryan stated that he was committed to his role at Gloucester Rugby and had not considered leaving as he believed that he had not yet finished his work at the club. Under Ryan's guidance Gloucester Rugby enjoyed three successful seasons, and began the 2007-08 campaign as favourites for the Guinness Premiership - which ultimately Gloucester failed to live up to - losing at home to Leicester in the Play-off semi final.

Unfortunately Ryan failed to deliver the anticipated trophies at Gloucester. A few Gloucester fans credit this lack of success to poor tactics; others, however, attribute the lack of success to disruptive influences. On 11 June 2009, Gloucester announced that Ryan had left the club by mutual consent.[2]

Following the decision of Andy Robinson to leave his job as Scotland coach in the Autumn of 2012, Dean Ryan was appointed as interim Scotland coach alongside Scott Johnson, but only until the end of the 2013 Six Nations.

On 17 April 2013, Dean Ryan was appointed director of rugby at Worcester Warriors, replacing Richard Hill.[3]

He was released from Worcester of 30 June 2016.


Over the last four years, he has been a regular pundit for Sky Sports


  1. ^ "Allied Dunbar Premiership, 1997/98 / Newcastle Falcons / Player records". Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Wood, Duncan (11 June 2009). "Gloucester Rugby and Dean Ryan part company". Gloucester Rugby. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Worcester Warriors: Dean Ryan named director of rugby". BBC Sport. 17 April 2013. 

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