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Gareth Edwards is a former Rugby Union Footballer considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
After winning his fist cap for Wales as a 19 year old against France in 1967, the Cardiff scrum half never missed a match for Wales, playing 53 consecutive internationals until his last against France in 1978. In only his fifth international against Scotland in 1968, he was appointed at the age of 20 years 7 months the youngest player ever to captain Wales. He toured with the British Lions to South Africa in 1968 and 1974 and New Zealand in 1971 playing in a total of 10 tests on the three tours. His partnership with fly half Barry John was the foundation of many successes for Cardiff, Wales and the Lions.
His 53 caps (13 as captain) stood as a Welsh record, until beaten by JPR Williams in 1981 but remains the record for a scrumhalf and his record 20 tries for Wales was equalled by Gerald Davies but has since been surpassed by Ieuan Evans. In 1975 he was awarded the MBE for his services to the game.
Married with two children, he lives in Porthcawl and is a Director of several Companies in South Wales. He plays golf; and is an accomplished fisherman, as his part in the BBC series “The Fishing Race” showed. His first book on fishing was published by Collins and he has completed two series on the sport for the BBC, Wales.
His autobiography was on the best seller lists for many weeks; he has written six other books about rugby and works extensively for the BBC.
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