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Haydn Tanner - Scrumhalf

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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
Cardiff 6 6 0 0 149 88 27
Aberavon 5 5 0 0 112 89 20
Merthyr 6 3 0 3 139 117 17
Newport 6 3 0 3 117 102 16
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 6 3 0 3 140 139 15
Pontypridd 6 3 0 3 124 132 15
Carmarthen Quins 5 3 0 2 108 90 13
Swansea 6 2 0 4 110 112 12
Llandovery 4 2 0 2 93 79 11
Ebbw Vale 6 1 0 5 122 168 7
Llanelli 5 1 0 4 96 147 6
Bridgend Ravens 5 1 0 4 77 124 6