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McBryde staying despite family bereavement


Robin McBryde's courageous commitment to Wales in Japan despite family bereavement

Robin McBryde has decided to stay working with Wales ahead of next Sunday’s semi-final versus South Africa despite the recent death of his mother Diana.

The 49-year-old forwards coach – who is due to join Leinster following the end of his last tournament with Warren Gatland’s Wales – was apparently informed of his mother’s passing in the lead-up to last weekend’s quarter-final win over France in Oita.

McBryde worked his way through that weekend’s assignment and now, having received the blessing from his family back home in Wales, he has decided to keep working in Japan the hope of helping his country reach a first-ever World Cup final. 

“I have received great support from the team and management out here and with the support from my family back home it allows me to remain in Japan,” he explained on Tuesday. 

“My mother was my biggest fan and as with any parent, she would want the best for me, so I know I am where she would want me to be.

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“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Ward Cybi, Ysbyty Gwynedd, for the fantastic care and attention my mother received.”

McBryde’s boss Gatland added: “The Wales squad, management and the whole of the Welsh Rugby Union would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Robin and his family following the recent passing of his mother Diana.

“Robin is a proud family man and we as a squad are here to support him and his family in any way possible during this time.”

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Robin McBryde's courageous commitment to Wales in Japan despite family bereavement
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