David Wrench: 1936-2018

Monday, 9th July 2018 @ 15:00

Harlequins has learned with regret of the passing of David Wrench, a former Club captain and England international, who died at home on June 18.

David played for the Quins 1st XV 193 times between 1961 and 1969 and was Club captain in the 1967/68 season.

Educated at Sandbach school, David read Chemistry at Leeds University before doing a postgraduate education course at Christ’s College, Cambridge. This lead to teaching posts at Haberdashers’ Aske, Aldenham, joining fellow Quin Doug Yeabsley, briefly at RGS High Wycombe and finally at Taunton. He started his playing career with Winnington Park, then Wilmslow before joining Quins when work took him to London. Even then, he would occasionally turn out for Wilmslow.

A tough, uncompromising prop forward, he won county honours with Cheshire then represented North West Counties against the All Blacks before gaining his international caps against France and Scotland in 1964. Again for N W Counties he played against Australia and against South Africa for Cambridge University, where he won a Blue, in 1961. In 1964, he played for the Barbarians.

Like many a tough man, David was a very private man, usually keeping his judgement to himself. It was always better to have him on your side than against you.

The club extends its sympathy to his widow, Audrey, his children, grandchildren and family.

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