Vale Bryan Smith
Bryan, who played for the club in the late 80s and 90s, has passed away after a sudden and rapid battle with cancer.
Bryan was a stalwart of the club, in particularly challenging years, and played across all grades, usually at 5/8. He learned his rugby in Brisbane and came to Melbourne to start his teaching career. He met his wife Pauline here, and also took up a role as the sole development officer for the VRU while playing. While there he worked alongside Charlie Bamford (MURFC Senior Coach), and also toured with a number of State Junior teams as far as the UK, before moving to the Bairnsdale area to teach at Nagle College.
As a compact Irish red-head, with an unwavering commitment to the tackle and the counter attack, he was a great team man and club player. His character off the field was equally cheeky, thoughtful, and fun-loving, and we all shared many a beer, a Guinness, an Irish whisky and a good time with Bryan. A Really Top Unit!
Our deepest condolences go to his wife Pauline, his three young adult sons, Padraig, Ren, Oscar, and family.
Details for his Service will be circulated once confirmed.