vale-bryan-smith_1Vale 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.



Steve Hall 9:09 pm September 12, 2017

I remember Bryan very well, he assisted me to get my Level 2 Coaching certificate, in 1995. I then coached 2nd grade 1996/97, at MURFC. Vale Bryan, and sincere condolences to his Family and Friends. Steve Hall , Sandusky OHIO . USA.

Gerard Hargraves 8:51 pm September 25, 2017

Thanks Chris for posting this. I went to school in Brisbane with Bryan and a number of his old school mates got together last Friday night at an Irish bar to have a few Guinesses and toast and old mate. He was a handy 5/8 during his school football years with a lovely topedeo and lofty cut passes. He was also handy in all whites being a swing bowler and middle order bat. Most of all he was all round nice bloke, always positive and had a nice word for everyone. He’ll be sorely missed. Regards Gerard Hargraves