Fylde’s most experienced player, centre Chris Briers, makes his 200th appearance for the Club at Macclesfield on Saturday. 1st XV skipper between 2015-2017, Chris is a top quality and versatile back who was previously with Sale Sharks, Orrell, Sedgley Tigers, Rotherham Titans and Doncaster Knights before joining Fylde for the 2011-12 season. He was a principal contributor to the club’s highly successful first four seasons in National One. He made his debut for Sale Sharks in 2003-4 and then became a regular for Orrell the following season before subsequently moving on to his other clubs.
Chris (35) has also proved incredibly durable, making no fewer than 385 Premiership, Championship and National League appearances for six clubs. To average 26 league games a season across 15 years, plus numerous appearances for Lancashire on top, in such a fiercely physical sport is an extraordinary achievement. In his 199 appearances in Fylde’s claret and gold colours, he has an impressive strike rate of 59 tries. Only a broken arm suffered in the game against Bishop’s Stortford at the Woodlands in early December 2017 has restricted him significantly during the last 7½ seasons. He has earned representative honours with England Counties and has many caps for Lancashire. He was a teacher at AKS in Lytham St Annes from 2011 until 2018 and he begins a new challenge next week when he moves to Myerscough College as Lecturer in Rugby & Sport.
Chris Briers said: “Obviously, it’s a huge honour to make so many appearances for the Club. In fact, it’s not really something I keep tabs on. I’m not one for looking at stats and tables when I’m still fully involved in something, I just prefer to enjoy what’s happening at the moment. Maybe when I retire I’ll look back and appreciate the achievement a little more.”
Fylde Head Coach Warren Spragg said: “Briersy has been a key part of the Fylde team for the past 7½ seasons and been extremely influential as a player and character during his time here. Reaching 200 games for the Club is something that he should be proud of, and all of us involved with the club should also recognise that we have been very fortunate to have had such a high quality player running out for us for so many seasons.
“He might be getting a little bit older but could certainly keep on performing at this level for a few more years due to his excellent fitness, game understanding and competitive nature. We just need to convince his lovely wife Jodie that there’s nothing better than taking Teddy and Franklin to Fylde to watch their Dad play rugby on Saturday afternoons!”