David “Dai” Harris
The club were deeply saddened to hear of the sad death of former open side Dai Harris at the age of 57
Dai joined the club in 1990 from Dowlais RFC and quickly became a firm favourite with the Ebbw Addicts on and off the field, He was a typical all action open side, not the biggest in stature but a player who played well above his weight. He was the true open side tradition, a proper nuisance but aded skill and game understanding made him a formidable opponent for much bigger forwards and every outside half that ever faced him. Highly combative, tremendously fit, Dai had the heart of a lion and did everything he could to get a win for the team, always with a cheeky grin on his face
As with many uncompromising rugby players, off the field he was an affable fun man, a true gentleman, Dai had time for anyone and loved to mix with supporters and fellow players after the game
He was a key part of the team under Captain Andrew Oliver who got the club promoted to the Premiership, ensuring Ebbw Vale were perfectly positioned to take advantage of the professional era.
Dai returned to his beloved Dowlais, played into his late 30’s and also coached the club. One of this proudest moment was to play first team rugby with his son, with his dad, David Snr, Chairman of Dowlais, allegedly sneaking on for the final few minutes
All our thoughts are with Dai’s family and friends at this sad
Rest in Peace Dai