attention of the Bristol selectors and joined the playing staff in 1995.
Dean then moved to Neath in 2001 and joined Cardiff RFC on a full-time contract in August 2002. He had made a fleeting appearance for Cardiff against Cambridge University in the club's 125th anniversary season in November, 2001.
He began the game at scrum-half, played the final half-hour at fly-half, and converted his own try in Cardiff's 40-11 victory. Dean was a popular member of the squad making a total of 58 games for Cardiff and the Blues and scored 18 tries he also won three caps for his native Zimbabwe.