Player

Haydn Tanner - Scrumhalf

Haydn Tanner
Date Of Birth09/01/1917
Place Of BirthGowerton
EducationGowerton Grammar School, University College, Swansea
ClubsCardiff, Swansea, Penclawdd, Bristol Bears, London Welsh
RegionsScarlets
HonoursWales, British and Irish Lions, Wales Schools
InvitationalCrawshays, Barbarians
Educated at Gowerton Grammar School and Swansea University, scrum half Haydn Tanner played 73 matches for Cardiff between 1946 and 1949, scoring five tries, having previously played for Penclawdd and Swansea. His international debut came against New Zealand in 1935 - as an 18 year-old - and his last game (his 25th for Wales) was against France in 1949. At the age of 21 he was chosen for the 1938 Lions tour of South Africa and played in the second test. Undoubtedly the Second World War prevented Tanner from winning a greater number of caps. Bleddyn Williams, who played with Tanner, said, "Among all the scrum halves I've seen and played with, he would reign supreme".
Haydn Tanner died in Leicestershire at the age of 82.
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1946-1947 13 10 3 0 3 0 0 0 9
1947-1948 32 31 0 1 4 0 0 0 12
1948-1949 26 23 2 1 1 0 0 0 3
TOTAL 71 64 5 2 8 0 0 0 24
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 25 11 1 13 526 469 61
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 25 7 1 17 503 632 40
Cross Keys 23 5 1 17 464 734 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 24 1 0 23 350 943 3