One of Fylde’s newcomers in Fylde’s squad at the beginning of last season was backrower Ben O’Ryan. He quickly established himself and went on to be almost an ever present, making 28 1st XV appearances in all.
Ben, 23, grew up in Blackburn and played at Blackburn RUFC from the age of seven to sixteen. He progressed to Myerscough College’s AASE programme whilst earning representative honours with both Lancashire U’18s and Irish Exiles U’18s. He pays particular tribute to his father and the coaches at Blackburn for his progress, and adds in the Myerscough coaches, including Warren Spragg, as helping his development along the way.
His performances for the Exiles brought him to the attention of Ulster and he was invited to play in Northern Ireland for Ulster’s U’19s and U’20s. He joined Ballymena and was with the club for three seasons. He also had a season in Australia with the GPS club in the Queensland Premier Division.
Ben, 6’1” and 100kg, is comfortable in both the open and blind side wing forward positions.
Warren Spragg said: “Ben came into the squad last season and impressed everyone at the Club with his attitude and commitment. He is a hard working back rower who gets off the line really well defensively and makes a lot of important tackles. He gives us a good balance to the back row alongside some of the bigger ball carriers and I am sure he will have another excellent season.”
Ben O’Ryan said: “I’m looking forward to my second season at Fylde. We had some really good moments last season and played some very good rugby. Hopefully, we can build on that in this coming season and push all the way this year.”