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Posted Tuesday, February 9th 2021

Obituary: Dave Egerton

Bristol Bears regret to announce the death at the age of 59 of Dave Egerton, the former Bath and England No.8 forward. Dave coached at Bristol in the late 1990s.

Dave Egerton came to Bristol in the 1997-98 season to coach Bristol United, having previously enjoyed a successful spell as coach of Bridgwater & Albion. With Bristol facing relegation from the Premiership, head coach Alan Davies was dismissed from his post at the end of February 1998, and in his place Dave was appointed as joint caretaker coach with former Neath coach Darryl Jones.

After a month in the caretaker capacity the pair were officially appointed, with Dave taking on the role of assistant coach. The new coaching team worked hard for the remainder of the season, but Bristol were relegated after losing a two-legged play-off to London Scottish. During the turmoil of the subsequent summer, the club went into receivership, but once a rescue package was agreed, both coaches stayed on to assist new director of rugby, Bob Dwyer. Dave continued in his role until midway through the 1998-99 season, when he left due to family and business commitments. He was replaced by Dean Ryan.

As a player, Dave Egerton enjoyed a highly successful career at Bath. Educated at Bishop Wordsworth School and Loughborough University, where he represented English Universities and England Students, he played 163 games for Bath between 1984 and 1994 at a time when the club was the dominant force in both league and cup rugby in England. He was a member of the England squad at the inaugural World Cup in 1987, but he did not win the first of his seven England caps until the following year, when he played in the Dublin Millennium match against Ireland. He toured Australia and Fiji with England in 1988 and made his final international appearance on the tour of Argentina in 1990. Injury prevented him from playing in the 1991 World Cup, though he did have the honour of playing for the Lions in a special match with France in 1989, a game which marked the Bicentenary of the French Revolution.

Dave Egerton was a popular presence on BBC Radio Bristol on many occasions, giving perceptive summaries during broadcast games. He was a natural broadcaster with a gift for match analysis. He died after contracting Covid-19, and all at Bristol Bears extend their sincere sympathy to Dave’s family and to his many friends at Bath and in the wider rugby community at this very sad time. 


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