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Haydn Tanner
Wales
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Full name Haydn Tanner
Born January 9, 1917, Gowerton
Died June 5, 2009, Leicestershire (aged 92 years 147 days)
Major teams British Army, British Empire Forces, Great Britain, Wales, Wales XV
Position Scrum-half

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop GfM Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1935-1949 26 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 12 2 50.00
Wales 1935-1949 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 11 2 52.00
Great Britain 1938-1938 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Five/Six Nations 1936-1949 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 11 2 50.00

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Test debut Wales v New Zealand at Cardiff, Dec 21, 1935 match details
Last Test France v Wales at Colombes, Mar 26, 1949 match details
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Former Wales and Lions scrum-half Tanner made his international debut as an 18-year-old in his country's 13-12 victory over New Zealand in 1935 and also played for Swansea when they beat the All Blacks on the same tour.

He went on to win 25 caps over a record-breaking 15-year period. At the age of 21, Tanner was selected for the 1938 Lions tour of South Africa and featured in the second Test against the Springboks.

He died in his sleep at the age of 92.

Bleddyn Williams, who played with Tanner, said, "Among all the scrum-halves I've seen and played with, he would reign supreme."

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Oct 13, 2012
Exeter's Haydn Thomas gets to grips with Leinster's Eoin Reddan
Exeter's Haydn Thomas gets to grips with Leinster's Eoin Reddan
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Oct 29, 1945
Swansea's Haydn Tanner races through against New Zealand
Swansea's Haydn Tanner races through against New Zealand
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Jan 16, 1937
Swansea and Wales scrum-half Haydn Tanner
Swansea and Wales scrum-half Haydn Tanner
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