Tributes paid to late former Welsh rugby international from Flintshire

The Welsh rugby community is mourning the loss of former international Ian Buckett, who has died aged 56. A celebrated prop player who played for Swansea, Oxford University and London Welsh, Holywell-born Buckett was a Flintshire native who earned respect on the field from age group through to senior level, securing three caps for the national team.

During his ten-year career at Swansea, he made 186 appearances, facing impressive teams such as New Zealand (1989) and South Africa (1994). Flint RFC, where Buckett was both a celebrated player and former chairman, announced his death on its Facebook page on Sunday, July 7, reports Wales Online.

Flint Rugby Club expressed its deep sadness at the news of Ian Buckett’s death. “It is with great sadness that Flint Rugby Club announces the sad 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,” they said.

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“He then played for a number of clubs in North Wales and Birkenhead Park before moving to Swansea. Ian spent 10 seasons at Swansea and during that time he played for Wales U21, Wales A, represented the Barbarians against Argentina, Leicester and Newport, won an Oxford Blue and crowned his rugby career with three appearances for the Welsh national team and nine non-international appearances.”

“In 1998 Ian left Swansea and went to London where he played for London Welsh. After finishing his time as a first class rugby player he returned to his home town of Holywell and his club Flint where he put his extensive knowledge and experience at the disposal of the club.”

“He was chairman for three years, even played for a season and made a number of appearances for the North Wales Barbarians. Ian was also instrumental in supporting RGC in its early years, making good use of his experience as a professional player and lawyer.”