Wasps and Bath Legends meet to remember Dave Egerton
Bath and Wasps rugby clubs have a glorious shared history with many classic encounters over the past few decades. Twenty ex-players from both clubs, who played in the 80’s/90’s met for dinner in memory Dave Egerton. The banter, anecdotes and personal memories flowed quicker than the wine and well into the early hours of the morning.
Dave started his rugby career at Wasps before moving to Bath and played in their formidable back row unit. Under coach Jack Rowell, Bath then became the premier rugby team during the eighties and nineties.
Dave’s wife Amanda and their two children meet the cyclists next morning before the inaugural ride in his memory. They heard how the Wasps family had been shocked to hear of his demise but players from that era had many memories of locking horns on the pitch but then spending great times together in the bar afterwards. He was very approachable, great company, always a good laugh and spent time with people.
Every cyclist completed the ride, despite the heavens opening and drenching them along the way. A quick change of clothes, lunch and then off to the match which fortunately for the Wasps supporters ended in victory. Next year when Bath play Wasps we will again celebrate Dave’s life with wine, food and cycling. A big thanks to John Hall, President of Bath Rugby Club, for facilitating the weekend and being such a gracious host. It was Nelson Mandela who said “Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else does,”