Rugby leg­end mourns mother Diana but stays on in Ja­pan as it is ‘where she would want me to be’

Bangor Mail - - News - Bran­wen Jones

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’

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