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Former Wales captain Brian Price sadly passes away aged 86

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

Brian Price, the former captain of Wales and Newport, has sadly passed away at the age of 86. Price earned 32 caps for Wales from 1961 to 1969, leading them to Triple Crown victories in 1965 and 1969. Price also played for the British & Irish Lions in four Tests during their tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as turning out for the famous Barbarians against South Africa.

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Following his rugby career, Price ventured into the world of media, where he was a keen columnist for the Sunday Express and regularly appeared as a pundit on BBC Radio Wales.

Head of BBC Radio Wales, Carolyn Hitt, paid tribute to Price by saying: “Brian was one of Radio Wales’ foremost rugby pundits for many years.

“He brought insight, wisdom and his great passion for the game to the station and was admired and respected by all who worked with him.

“He was also an absolute gentleman and our deepest condolences go to his family and friends.”

His former club paid tribute to Price on Twitter/X, saying: “We are extremely saddened to hear that Brian Price, one of the greatest players to have worn the Black & Amber jersey, has passed away.

“A native of Deri near Bargoed, Brian joined Newport in 1960 and made 252 appearances in Black & Amber. His finest hour in the jersey came in 1963 when he captained Newport to the famous victory against the All Blacks before a packed house at Rodney Parade.

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“Having played 32 times for Wales and captained the national team to their Triple Crown wins in 1965 and 1969, Brian also played in all four tests for the British & Irish Lions on their 1966 tour. He later become one of the first inductees into our Hall of Fame in 2013.

“We send our sincere condolences to Brian’s family, friends and everyone privileged enough to have known him.”

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