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David "Dai" Rees Prosser (13 October 1912 – 6 May 1973) was a Welsh dual-code international rugby union, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1930s and 1940s, and rugby league coach of the 1960s. He played representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales and Glamorgan County RFC, and at club level for Glynneath RFC, Neath RFC and Swansea RFC as a prop, i.e. number 1 or 3,[1][2] and representative level rugby league (RL) for Great Britain and Wales, and at club level for York and Leeds as a prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums, and coached club level rugby league for Leeds.[3][4][5]

David Rees Prosser
David Prosser - Leeds.jpeg
Personal information
Full nameDavid Rees Prosser
Born13 October 1912
Neath, Wales
Died6 May 1973 (aged 60)
York, England
Playing information
Rugby union
PositionProp forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Glynneath RFC
Neath RFC
Swansea RFC
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Glamorgan County RFC
1934 Wales 2
Rugby league
PositionProp
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1934–36 York
1936–50 Leeds 327 13
Total 327 13 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1936–44 Wales 8
1937 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2][3]

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BackgroundEdit

Dai Prosser was born in Neath, Wales, he was a Bombardier in the British Army during World War II,[6] and he died aged 60 in York, Yorkshire.

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Dai Prosser won 8 caps for Wales (RU) in 1936–1944 while at Glynneath RFC in 1934 against Scotland, and Ireland,[1][2] won caps for Wales (RL) while at York, and Leeds, and won a cap for Great Britain (RL) while at Leeds in 1937 against Australia at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield.[3]

Championship Final appearancesEdit

Dai Prosser played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in Leeds' 2-8 defeat by Hunslet in the Championship Final during the 1937–38 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 30 April 1938.[7]

Challenge Cup Final appearancesEdit

Dai Prosser played left-prop, i.e. number 8, in Leeds' 19-2 victory over Halifax in the 1940–41 Challenge Cup Final during the 1940–41 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, in front of a crowd of 28,500, played left-prop in the 15-10 victory over Halifax in the 1941–42 Challenge Cup Final during the 1941–42 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, in front of a crowd of 15,250, he missed the 15-16 aggregate defeat by Dewsbury in the two-legged 1942–43 Challenge Cup Final during the 1942–43 season at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury and Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds, and played left-prop in the 8-4 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1947 Challenge Cup Final during the 1946–47 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 3 May 1947, in front of a crowd of 77,605.[7]

During Dai Prosser's time at Leeds, they appeared in four Challenge Cup Finals winning two (1941 and 1942), and losing two (1943 and 1947), he appeared in three of these Challenge Cup Finals, and was on the winning side twice.

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Dai Prosser played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in York's 9-2 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1936 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1936–37 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 17 October 1936, and played right-prop in Leeds' 14-8 victory over Huddersfield in the 1937–38 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1937–38 season at Belle Vue, Wakefield on Saturday 30 October 1937.

Testimonial matchEdit

Dai Prosser's shared Testimonial match with David "Dai" Jenkins, Jr. at Leeds took place in 1949.

Other notable matchesEdit

Dai Prosser played left-prop for Northern Command XIII against a Rugby League XIII at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 21 March 1942.[6]

Club careerEdit

Dai Prosser made his début for Leeds against Dewsbury in the Championship during the 1936–37 season on Saturday 14 November 1936, and he scored his first try for Leeds against Huddersfield during the 1937–38 season.

Coaching careerEdit

Dai Prosser was the assistant-coach to Joe Warham in Leeds' 25-10 victory over Warrington in the Championship Final during the 1960–61 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 20 May 1961, in front of a crowd of 52,177.[8]

FamilyEdit

Dai Prosser was the younger brother of the rugby union, and rugby league footballer; Glyn Prosser.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at espn.co.uk (RU)". espn.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Statistics at wru.co.uk (RU)". wru.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org (RL)". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Profile at leedsrugby.dnsupdate.co.uk". leedsrugby.dnsupdate.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 17 November 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.
  6. ^ a b "inside programme, Northern Command v. A Rugby League XIII, 1942". rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b "History of Leeds Rugby League Club". britishrugbyleague.blogspot.co.uk. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  8. ^ "1961–1970: The Holy Grail is captured". therhinos.co.uk. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

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