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Flintshire-born former Welsh rugby union international Ian Buckett has sadly passed away – Grassroots North Wales | Promoting local sport | Sports journalist Dave Jones

The late Ian Buckett, who passed away on Sunday. Image/Graphic: WRU

One of North Wales’ finest rugby union players has sadly passed away.

Born in Holywell Ian Bucketta former chairman of Flint Rugby Club who played three international matches for Wales, was just 56 years old.

Buckett was admired and feared in equal measure as a loose head prop who played for Wales at all age levels before winning the senior team.

He made 186 appearances for Swansea over the course of 10 seasons and played for the All Whites against New Zealand in 1989 and South Africa in 1994.

Buckett played for Wales at under-16 level against Scotland in 1983, toured Zimbabwe with the Welsh Secondary Schools in 1985 and won three caps the following year against Scotland, England and Ireland. Holywell Grammar School.

He played for Wales Students in the inaugural World Students Cup in 1988 and, after graduating from Swansea University in 1992, where he studied English Literature and Ancient History and Civilisation, he went on to study at Oxford University.

The North Wales man first represented the Barbarians in 1990 while still a student and, after accepting a Stanley Scholarship to study at Oxford, he played in the 1992 Varsity Match at Twickenham.

He played for West Wales against Japan in 1993 and for Wales A against the USA in 1994.

Buckett toured Zimbabwe and Namibia with Wales in 1993, scoring on his debut in a victory over Zimbabwe B, Canada and the South Pacific in 1994, making his international debut in a victory over Tonga, and North America in 1997, playing in the Test victories over the USA and Canada.

CLWB RYGBI Y FFLINT/FLINT RUGBY CLUB paid the following tribute on social media:

“It is with great sadness that Flint Rugby Club announces the tragic passing of Ian Buckett.

“Ian began his illustrious rugby career at Delyn RFC where his talent was soon recognised and he was selected for Welsh schools. He then played for several clubs in North Wales and Birkenhead Park before moving to Swansea.

“Ian spent 10 seasons at Swansea, during which time he played for Wales U21s, Wales A and represented the Barbarians against Argentina, Leicester and Newport. He was awarded an Oxford Blue whilst studying at Oxford University.

Ian crowned his rugby career with 3 international caps and 9 non-caps for Wales.

“In 1998, Ian left Swansea and went to London and played for London Welsh

“After finishing his time as a first class rugby player, Ian returned to his home town of Holywell and his club Flint where he passed on his extensive knowledge and experience to the club. He served as chairman for three years and even played for a season and made a number of appearances for the North Wales Barbarians.

“Ian also played a key role in supporting RGC in its early years, leveraging his experience as a professional player and lawyer.

“Ian touched so many lives and he will be sorely missed, not just at Flint RFC but across North Wales, Wales and the rugby community in general.

“Ian was a gentleman and a good friend to all. Our thoughts are with Ian’s son Conor and his family. Rest in peace old friend.”

Ian Buckett was selected for this website’s North Wales Rugby Union all-time XV in 2021.