20 November 2021 / Club News

R.I.P. Brad Lewis



This week Abercwmboi RFC suffered a huge loss with the passing of Brad Lewis, who was “father of the house” for over 40 years.


Initially, Brad came to the club when we were in dire need of a first aid expert. He brought something much more.


He arrived armed with skills in Japanese Amatsu therapy, which is a whole-body practice to address injury, which he applied for over 20 years. To say this was an unusual approach to bring to South Wales rugby club is an understatement. But Brad was a thought leader, and his innovative outlook didn’t stop there.


For example, he created a “boot room” in which committee members and senior players could find a sheltered space to discuss issues and plans for the club, the teams and players. But the “room” was not only the preserve of club seniors. It was a secure haven where the players could not only get physical treatment but also his “fatherly” advice on self-assurance, mindset and confidence and even game planning.


His advice on Japanese martial pressure points changed our “mauling” from a watery drive to a designed and robust ball winning surge, that few in the league could match at the time.


Brad was also funny, entertaining and sharp. He was forever smiling and laughing, particularly when he locked your hands in a martial arts hold. His defined wit and intellect. allowed him to show his humour without once being hurtful. In this, he created precious moments which will live long in our memories.


Having Brad at Abercwmboi RFC created unique times for us and he will always be part of our family, but let’s not forget he was also the ultimate family man at home. Loving, supportive and always there for his wonderful wife Joyce, his sons Phil and Kevin and his host of grandchildren. He was always so fulfilled and proud of them all and it is to them that we send our sincere condolences and thoughts.


Brad Lewis changed us as a Club and will always be remembered.


Phillip (Goma) Lewis

Club President


On a personal note, I had many a visit to Brad's Treatment table. Sometimes wondering if Brad would ever find the pressure point (older players would understand this!)

However, the "Boot Room" that Phill refers to, was a place that everyone loved to visit whether or not you had an injury/niggle just for the banter or to listen to one of his many, great stories. 

Brad was very highly regarded and when he gave up his duties as club physio, he was delighted to be given "Life Membership" of the club. Although his visits to the club became less frequent in the last few years, his influence will be felt for many more years and he will be sorely missed.

Phillip Webster

Honorary Chairman


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