John Gadd

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John Gadd

By Gary Little

Gadd scored two tries for England against Fiji in a non-cap international and was a highly regarded No.6 but was unfortunate not to receive a full cap.

The blind side flanker was born in New Zealand, although emigrating to this country in his early years. He was educated at Newent School and represented Newent RFC and then Gloucester Old Boys RFC before joining Gloucester RFC in 1978.

He formed part of a formidable back row which included Mike Teague and Mike Longstaff, being a player who possessed speed and a hard work ethic that few could match. He appeared in the team which drew 12-12 against Moseley in the John Player Cup final in 1982 and once again at Twickenham in the Pilkington Cup Final against Bath in 1990.

Additional honours included representing England at U23s and B international level.


This page was added by Gary Little on 09/07/2009.
Comments about this page

Great player, I was lucky enough to play junior rugby with him at GOB RFC.

By Gerald Norman
On 02/12/2017

Years ahead of his time, he appreciated 'running lines' before the phrase was invented. John Gadd also had the ability to read the game so well and always was in a position to influence the game. Although I may be biased I put him in the same class as recent No 6's such as Richard Hill and Dan Lydiatt for consistency of performance.

By Gary Lusty
On 01/02/2014

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