Rugby legend mourns mother Diana but stays on in Japan as it is ‘where she would want me to be’
ROBIN McBryde’s mother Diana has died, the Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed. The Wales defence coach, who is currently with the Wales rugby team in Japan, was told of the news at the start of last week.
On behalf of the
Union, rugby coach expressed his
Robin and his family.
He said: “The Wales squad, management and the whole of the Welsh Rugby Union would like to extend our heart-felt condolences to Robin and his family following the recent passing of his mother Diana.
“Robin is a proud family man and Welsh Rugby Warren Gatland support for we as a squad are here to support him and his family in any way possible during this time.”
It is said that the former hooker would be staying on in Japan to help Wales in their semi-final match against South Africa on Sunday.
McBryde, who hails from North Wales, is a former pupil of Ysgol Tryfan in Bangor, and played rugby for both Menai Bridge and Mold RFC.
The current Wales forward coach said: “I have received great support from the team and management out here and with the support from my family back home it allows me to remain in Japan.
“My mother was fan and as with any my biggest parent, she would want the best for me, so I know I am where she would want me to be.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Ward Cybi, Ysbyty Gwynedd, for the fantastic care and attention my mother received.”
Diana McBryde, of Brynrefail, near Caernarfon, was the head of sports at Ysgol Tryfan in Bangor until she retired in 2001. She was also mother to Robin, Naomi and Beth.
Her husband, John McBryde, was the retired head teacher of Ysgol Cae Top in Bangor, and passed away suddenly but peacefully at Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool in 2007.
■ Robin McBryde says he has received ‘great support’