Gareth Rees (rugby union)
Gareth Lloyd Rees (born 30 June 1967 in Duncan, British Columbia) is a former Canadian international rugby union footballer who played at fly-half and full back positions. Rees played for several British club sides, including Wasps and Harlequins. He won 55 caps for Canada, captaining them on 23 occasions and scoring 487 test points. In October 2011, Rees received arguably his greatest honour with induction to the IRB Hall of Fame. He and fellow 2011 inductee Brian Lima of Samoa are the first members of the IRB Hall from nations outside of the traditional top tier of the sport.
|Birth name||Gareth Lloyd Rees|
|Date of birth||30 June 1967|
|Place of birth||Duncan, British Columbia, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg)|
|Rugby union career|
Rees was born in Duncan, British Columbia, to Alan Rees who had emigrated to Canada from Wales, and was himself a former rugby union footballer having represented Cross Keys, Maesteg and London Welsh. Rees was educated at St. Michaels University School in Victoria and later at Harrow School in England. When studying at Harrow, he was selected to the Wasps starting XV in what was then the John Player Cup final in 1986.
He played club rugby with Castaways, Wasps, Mérignac, Newport, Oxford University, Harlequins, and the Barbarians. Whilst at Wasps he helped them win the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 1999, 13 years after his last appearance in the final, scoring two conversions and four penalties as they defeated Newcastle Falcons.
In the 1995 World Cup Rees together with James Dalton and Rod Snow were sent off for fighting in a Canada vs South Africa match that came to be known as the Battle of Boet Erasmus. All three players received a 30-day suspension. Rees did not regret coming to the aid of his team mates, and said after the incident, "We're a very tight team. The guys love each other."
He was inducted in the British Columbia Rugby Hall of Fame.
Rees donated one of his rugby boots to be bronzed and used as a trophy to be competed for annually by St. Michaels and Oak Bay High School.
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- "Wasps win Cup at last". BBC. 16 May 1999. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
- "Three are suspended after brawl". The Independent. 5 June 1995. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "Gareth Rees". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 May 2018.