Ronald Edward Syrett: 5 January 1931-20 May 2018

Date: 23 May 2018


Wasps are sad to announce the death of club legend Ron Syrett, who passed away on Sunday, May the 20th, at the age of 87.

A native of Beaconsfield and a pupil of  RGS High Wycombe, Ron joined Wasps in 1947, before doing his national service in the RAF. A blind-side flanker, he made his debut at the age of 17. Like his brother-in-law, Ted Woodward, Ron was the son of a butcher. They played many games together for club and county (Middlesex) and both represented their country with distinction, but they never appeared in the same England team. At the time of his death, Ron was our oldest surviving international.

A blind-side flanker, Ron won the first of his 11 caps in 1958, two years after Ted’s 15th  and final international appearance. He was part of the 1960 England side which became the first and only team to go through the Five or Six Nations unchanged. His final cap came in 1962 and he continued to play for Wasps for another season, before retiring in 1963. He was club vice-captain for three seasons, but never held the role of captain. He was described as “One of those fortunate players who never play badly.’’

The brothers-in-law maintained close ties with the club they had served so well. Last season, they  attended a match at the Ricoh together,  four months before Ted’s death.

An absolute gentleman, he retained the energy and enthusiasm of a man a fraction of his age.

The club’s heartfelt condolences go out to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Once a Wasp, always a Wasp.