04 September 2019 / Club News

Gareth (Gags) Roberts

It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the sudden death of our  former player Gareth Roberts (Gags) at the age of 63.

He passed away peacefully at hospital on the 3rd of September after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Gags was a great servant of Menai Bridge Rugby Club, having played for the club with distinction during the 1980s and the 1990s. Also during this period he had a short spell playing for Bangor RFC. Gags was a very talented and tenacious back row player with a winning mentality and who was highly respected by his own players and opponents alike. Many will also remember him playing for the Anglesey Druids veterans team for many years.

Gags was instrumental in setting up the junior rugby section at Menai Bridge Rugby Club during the early 90s and many a young player benefited immensely from his coaching ability. The first session saw some 10 - 12 juniors attend but under Gags guidance this soon grew over the next 6 years to 60+ members. The section was very successful with many players receiving representative honours and different age groups winning several tournaments. Many of those players came through to play for the first team and indeed some are still playing today. Truly a testament to his legacy.

Menai Bridge Rugby Club meant a lot to Gags and nothing gave him more pride than watching his sons Chris and Steve play for the club, both of them having come through the junior section.

Gags was enjoying his well-earned retirement from Coleg Menai and he and Ffi had recently become proud grandparents. He has been taken far too early.

Menai Bridge RFC and Welsh Rugby has lost a great supporter. We will miss you. It was a privilege to have known you. Your friendship and guidance will be sorely missed . Your contribution over the years has been enormous.

Our most sincere condolences to Ffi, Chris, Steve and all the family in their sad loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rest In Peace Gags. Thanks for everything.

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Charlie Newis - 04/09/2019 19:40:07:

So sad to hear that Gags has passed away. I remember joining the club as a teenager in the 80's and how welcoming and supportive Gags was to all us YDH boys. A true gentlemen and my thoughts go out to his loved ones.