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 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3