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Ivor Berry 1954 - 1961

Died peacefully on 23rd March 2021, aged 78. The School recognised Ivor’s talent for sport, especially rugby, and under the guidance of PE teacher Glyn John, ex-Cardiff and Wales centre, Ivor won a Wales U-19 schoolboy cap. He was also a skillful soccer player. Following teacher training at St Luke’s College Exeter he played first-class rugby for Newport, Pontypool and Ebbw Vale, and progressed to captaining Monmouthshire County. He was selected as reserve outside half to David Watkins and came close to being capped as a full Wales international: this being an era pre-substitution, Ivor frustratingly remained on the bench. Injury also prevented him from taking up an invitation to play rugby in Paris.

In the late 1960s, Ivor returned to Monmouth RFC as a player and, subsequently, fitness coach and team manager. After retiring from a career in pharmaceutical sales, he became a keen and proficient golfer.

Picture courtesy of Byron Hapgood

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