Him and Joe have played together. During his 53 Tests as a scrum-half for Wales between 1967 and 1978, Gareth Edwards was regarded as one of the greatest rugby union players in history, never being dropped from the team and playing each one for the entire time. Fax: 029 2082 2474, 2023 Content Copyright Welsh Rugby Union, Statistical Data Opta, Admiral Womens National League Fixtures and Results, WRU Womens RAG U18 League Fixtures and Results, Indigo Group Premiership Fixtures & Results, Mens National Cup Fixtures & Results 22/23, WRU Athletic Conference Fixtures & Results, WRU Regional Youth Leagues Fixtures and Results, WRU National Youth Leagues Fixtures and Results. A try, then worth one point, by Buller Stadden at Crown Flat, Dewsbury, won the day and the legendary Arthur Goulds team were ready to take the game by storm. Attendance. WALES v ENGLAND RUGBY programme Six Nations 25.02.2023 Mint Condition 5.00 Click & Collect 1.65 postage or Best Offer england rugby programme v scotland feb 4th 2023 1.99 0.68 postage or Best Offer Only 1 left. Born October 20, 1979, Limerick Major teams British and Irish Lions, Munster, Ireland Caps 115 Position Lock The Irish second row was certainly blessed with special rugby powers having been one of the world's leading tight forwards for more than a decade. Wales always prefer for the roof to be closed for their games due to the cauldron-like atmosphere it creates, but the opposition must agree to this for Six Nations fixtures, effectively giving visitors first choice. Instead I shuddered into him and he flew into the air, the ball coming lose from his grasp.". As for England, Anthony Watson will make his first start for his country in almost two years after being recalled to replace Ollie Hassell-Collins on the left wing after the London Irish rookie sustained a knee injury in training. KO Time. Each team tries to score points by carrying the ball across the other teams goal line and grounding it, or by kicking the ball through the other teams goal posts. How do you think England will be looking at this game? They have competed in every Rugby World Cup since 1987 and have won four titles. The Twenties and Thirties were harder times with less noticeable achievements. 5 Nations 1979. By then Phil Bennett was also his nation's record points-scorer. Warren Gatland has ripped up his Wales team and made nine changes for the visit of England this Saturday, with the visitors making one change. Were not at those levels. As always you can unsubscribe at any time. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Months later the Welsh controversially lost to the All Blacks 13-12, whom went to record their first touring Grand Slam. Courtney Lawes, 20. When Rob Howleys side of 1999 matched that feat they did it in eight months. Wales. POLL: Who will win Wales v England in the Six Nations? The following year, the Welsh defeated England to win the championship and the Triple Crown (victory over all home unions) this being the genesis of the golden era of Welsh rugby. Welsh rugby reached its zenith in the twentieth century, during the first golden age of the game. We can only take responsibility for those things ourselves.. Copyright document.write(new Date().getFullYear()) Cornwall & Scilly Historic Environment Record, Cornwall Council Terms & Conditions Contact, Cornwall Industrial Settlements Initiative, A Dive Into Cornwalls Rich & Diverse Music Venue History, Poker and Traveling the World Taking Your Game on the Road, Making the most of your business class flight experience. The clubs new name reflects its rich history and tradition, and it is confident that fans of all ages will embrace it. "We have fronted up in training and prepared as we would for any Test match, and we are looking forward to getting out there on Saturday and going toe to toe with England. Six Nations Championship is Wales only annual competition against other European nations. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Dafydd Jenkins, 20. Well be looking at some players who haven't had a lot of rugby. Wales all-time Test try record is held by Gareth Thomas, who also holds the record for the most caps. An impressive replacement appearance against Scotland at the start of the Championship was Watson's maiden red rose outing since starting against Ireland in March 2021, although he played two Tests for the Lions that same year. Clive Rowlands, 1968-74. Share it ! The 1979 championship was another chance for the Welsh to show their dominance and flair securing victories over Ireland and Scotland in the opening games. The Home International Championships were won by Wales for the first time in 1893. Wales, paradoxically, were hamstrung by that very passion for rugby. Ive got no idea, though. [1][2] Summary[edit] Results[edit] England arrived in Cardiff 30 years ago for the last match of the season neither bristling with confidence nor quaking, but they departed on the receiving end of what remains Wales's biggest post-war win over England, a 273 thrashing. Referee. When full-back Michel Droitecourt went off injured, Jean-Michel Aguirre -- playing his first international for two years -- came on and, as well as taking the number of Frenchmen with hyphenated Christian names to eight, injected fresh enthusiasm into their attacks. One solid comparison of the current and Welsh side of seventiesworld rugby was very strong, as it was then it is now. Maro Itoje, 5. Cardiff three-quarter Grady has been . We had a meeting to announce the team. For Wales the turn of the decade marked a change in fortunes and the 1980s proved a barren spell, apart from a run to the semi-finals in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. Welsh rugby had arrived as a major force in the world game. Theres a lot of players weve had close rivalries with. This is Welsh rugby. But it was not to be the day of the underdog as Wales ran in four tries. List of Wales national rugby union team results 1 language Deutsch Edit links Article Talk English Read Edit View history More Read Edit View history From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The following is a list of Wales national rugby union teamresults since the first match in 1881. Alun Wyn Jones returns to the second row alongside Adam Beard, while Christ Tshiunza combines with Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau in the back row. Mervyn Davies ruptured a calf muscle and could barely run, but somehow stayed on until the end. Hes still pretty inexperienced so the big message to him has been whats the biggest thing you need to work on? He said 'keep talking and keep communicating', so thats been the focus for him and Ive been really happy with him in training. Wales: 15. They had to wait until 1988 before they secured a shared championship and further decline set in as the top players left for professional careers in rugby league. Weve brought some experience back and chosen some young faces.". There are many talented players on the Wales rugby team. As one of rugbys finest sides, the Wales Rugby squad has historically been littered with the games finest players. The governing body is the Welsh Rugby Union. Tomas Francis, 4. What has made you go with Owen Williams at fly-half? "If it was Ringer it probably came with pain," says Hignell, "but I can't remember it at all. If Arthur Gould and Gwyn Nicholls were the pioneers of Welsh rugby style and greatness in the 1890s, then Billy Trew, Johnnie Williams, Jim Webb and Jack Bancroft carried their work on in the 1900s with three Grand Slams. SA Brain, a Welsh brewery, sponsors the strip, which is part of Reeboks fashion line. It is rumoured that the 22-year-old singer and actress will become part of a 'new . Sign up to our free newsletter for the top North Wales stories sent straight to your e-mail. That line-up still resonates today -- JPR at full-back, JJ Williams and Gerald Davies on the wings, Steve Fenwick and Ray Gravell at centre, half-backs Phil Bennett and Gareth Edwards, the Pontypool front row of Charlie Faulkner, Bobby Windsor and Graham Price, Geoff Wheel and Allan Martin at lock and skipper Mervyn Davies at number eight, flanked by his Swansea clubmate Trevor Evans and Cobner. The Wales coach makes nine changes for the visit of England. A three-times Lions who captained the tour of South Africa in 2009. For much of the final quarter they looked as though they might get it. In 1990, Wales was beaten 20-0 by Ireland in the first Five . A player walkout was averted late on Wednesday after the Welsh Rugby Union and Professional Rugby Board made concessions over a contracts dispute. Numbers of interest Youngest player : Dafydd JENKINS - 20 years old Oldest player : Alun Wyn JONES - 37 years old Average : 28 years old Lightest player : Dane BLACKER - 78 kg Only a few weeks later, on the far side of the walls separating the National Stadium from the Arms Park, triumphant Grand Slam-winning captain Mervyn Davies would be fighting for his life after suffering a stroke on the field. There has been huge frustration over the last number of months, and it is disappointing that it got to this stage. In response England could only muster three points from a penalty from fly-half Neil Bennett. In terms of the future, its important. Rugby is a sport that is played with two teams of fifteen players. The Principality Stadium roof will be open for Wales v England in the Six Nations this Saturday, it has been announced. 1979 saw the Welsh record yet another Five Nations triumph with a Triple Crown, as their age came to an end. That France came closest to upsetting them was no fluke. "It has been very tough, hugely frustrating. Its an opportunity to draw a line in the sand and move forward.. The Lions won that series 2-1, and to this day remains their only series win over the All Blacks. Wales rugby page. In total, 18 Welsh internationals have been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame, including Gareth Edwards and Ieuan Evans. Liam Williams, 14. 2,527 . Dafydd Jenkins and Tommy Reffell are the other forwards selected in the match day 23. It was the beginning of legends that some label as the finest rugby team to walk the planet as well as Edwards himself, no doubt the greatest No. Gareth Anscombe has had injuries in the last few years. The first Golden Era included the first Grand Slam by any country and a record winning run of 11 games as Wales remained unbeaten between March 1907 to January 1910. A Mori team led by Asher tours New South Wales, converting to rugby league on arrival in Sydney. The team is also ranked fourth in the world. Welsh rugby can't keep going on this merry-go-round of crisis after crisis, because it is affecting everyone in the game. Justin Tipuric, 8. Will you use external factors to motivate players? Whether you trace the roots of rugby back to the handball games played by the Romans at forts like Caerleon and Caerwent, the rough and tumble game of Normandy known as La Soule, the Cornish game of Hurling dating back to the Bronze Age or the inter-village Cnappan battles found in Pembrokeshire in the 17th century, there is no denying the game is a vital ingredient in the life-blood of the Welsh nation. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Owen Williams, 9. 0. "Of course it has been a distraction with everything that has been going on, but I have got to commend the players' professionalism in this. A group of 11 clubs - Swansea, Lampeter, Llandeilo, Cardiff, Newport, Llanelli, Merthyr, Llandovery, Brecon, Pontypool and Bangor - came together at the Castle Hotel, Neath on 12th March 1881, to form the Welsh Rugby Football Union. During this period, they were the only side to beat New Zealand on the sides tour of Europe and North America.Although Welsh rugby went into decline in the inter-war years, the team was then resurgent during the second half of the twentieth century. Weather. Australia - The Kangaroos: Tour Location Games On Record W L D; Kangaroos Tour 1908/09: England, Wales, Scotland: 45: 16: 23: 6: Kangaroos Tour 1911/12: England . International rugby shut down for much of the Forties because of World War Two and only four players crossed the seven year gap the incomparable Haydn Tanner, Bunner Travers, Les Manfield and Howard Davies. This was going to be, he had said, his last game before he, too, slipped into retirement. In the autumn of that year, the Welsh suffered their most significant defeat at the Millennium Stadium, falling 413 to the All Blacks. Even with JPR at the back and with the Welsh pack in control, after nearly an hour nothing was settled. Replacements: Bradley Roberts, Rhys Carre, Dillon Lewis, Dafydd Jenkins, Tommy Reffell, Kieran Hardy, Dan Biggar, Nick Tompkins. He has signed to join French giants Racing 92 from the Dragons in the summer, but he only has 23 caps to his name. Although the Wales Rugby team started the competition poorly, they quickly improved and captured their first championship in 1893. In 1990, Wales was beaten 20-0 by Ireland in the first Five Nations championship match of their history, but they avoided the same fate by drawing one point. So, Gatland will announce his matchday 23 at 12.15pm today, followed by Steve Borthwick naming his England side at 12.30pm. Something went wrong, please try again later. Its a great opportunity for him. The guys will be up for it.. The academys salary range for players is between $20,000 and $25,000. Wales' rugby coaches. Welsh Rugby Union. The 1970s statistics tells of their domination with three Grand Slams, five. Joe Hawkins, 11. Warren Gatland's Wales press conference is due to begin shortly. Maybe tomorrow or Saturday, but these are different circumstances. English hopes of winning a first 5 nations title in 16 years were dashed however as a rampant Wales ran in 27 points to England's solitary penalty, giving Wales a winning margin over England which wouldnt be beaten for 34 years. Here is the list of players of Wales for the 2022/2023 season with heights, weights, birthdate, ages, contract length. Click the image above to purchase memorabilila for Wales V England 1979 or the link below to browse our rugby memorabilia. Taulupe Faletau. Im a regular contributor to various history forums, and Im currently working on a book about the medieval period. The final score 27-3 reflected the dominance of the team in red. Ollie Lawrence, 11. Email: info@wru.wales Despite their recent success, 1979 remains the last time Wales retained the championship. Now, as then, they face the defending grand slam champions on the back of an unconvincing victory at Twickenham a 7-6 "backs-to-the-wall special," according to their full-back in 1979, Alastair Hignell, to compare with last week's clumsy win over Italy. Rhys Carre, 18. Gareth Thomas, 2. Warren Gatland believes the players selected would have been the target of severe criticism if he had named his Wales side to face England on Tuesday as originally planned. Mason Grady, 12. Fans voted in our poll to select Mason Grady to make his Wales debut, with Dafydd Jenkins and Rhys Davies selected at second row and Christ Tshiunza, Tommy Reffell and Taulupe Faletau getting the nod in the back-row, with Jac Morgan named on the bench. List of England national rugby union team results 1930-1939. Some of the 70s stars had departed, including Edwards who retired after the slam the previous year, but JPR, Derek Quinnell and Terry Holmes were among the starting 15. David Nash, 1967-8. But, of 11 games lost by the great 1970s side, six defeats were inflicted by the All Blacksthe same number of defeats inflicted by the Men in Black over Wales this millennium. 'I hope its easy pickings?' Louis Rees-Zammit, 10. Welsh players and union bosses were locked in talks for the bulk of Wednesday,. The Super Seventies included Grand Slams in 1971, 1976 and 1978 and Triple Crowns in 1971, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979. When we have crossed that white line at training, we've prepared well and done our work as professional players. Other Welsh greats from this era were Phil Bennett, Geoff Wheel, Allan Martin, the Pontypool front row Charlie Faulkner, Bobby Windsor and Graham Price and Steve Fenwick. Tweet it ! The Cardiff rugby team is called the Cardiff Blues. 1910 The first Mori team selected with NZRFU permission plays its first match against a Rotorua team, winning 25-5. In fairness to the guys, theyve trained the house down. Henry Slade, 12. He was relegated to third choice before injuries to both John Bevan and David Richards precipitated him back into the team for the opening match at Twickenham and supplied comedian Max Boyce with a memorable routine. Urging them on was Napoleonic scrum-half Jacques Fouroux, frequently seen berating forwards a foot taller. This record win saw Wales crowned triple crown winners and 5 nations champions and brought a decade of unparalleled success to a glorious close for Wales. In addition, they were ranked as the number one team in the world in 2019. The longest period between titles for the team was 11 years (199405), as well as their sole Six Nations Grand Slam in 2005. Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS. Wed have preferred for it to be closed so that dampens things down a little. Most Tries By: Shane Williams. Welsh Rugby Union Not relevant for today's Wales team announcement, but if Warren Gatland so chooses, he would be able to call on Jake Ball, Cory Hill and Hadleigh Parkes agaib. england rugby programme 6 nations v scotland 4th feb 2023 brand new programme 3.49 Free postage or Best Offer It started with JPR's starring role with two tries in a 21-9 win over England at Twickenham that remains Wales's largest margin of victory there, but still left both Mervyn Davies and coach John Dawes dissatisfied. The two began an unmatched spell of two-team dominance, monopolising first and second place from 1976 to 1979. Owen Farrell said this week that he had sympathy for Wales players during their contracts dispute. Welsh Rugby Union. 10h. . The subsequent year saw the Five Nations record its first and only five way tiealthough the Welsh destroyed the Wallabies 24-0 in Cardiff, their greatest victory against the Australians. But under the conditions of the time, it was fully permissible. England star taken aback by poor Cardiff atmosphere as Jiffy incredulous. These players are all extremely talented and have helped the team to be successful. England rugby page. Including the previous incarnations as the Home Nations and Five Nations, this was the eighty-fifth series of the northern hemisphere rugby union championship. France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales compete in the Six Nations Championship, which is held each year. On the bench, nobody stirred. Here's what the Wales head coach has to say: "Theres some experience coming back into the side with Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric, Alun Wyn Jones and also Leigh Halfpenny. The Welsh selection was described at the time as "experimental". 17/3/1979 . I havent even thought about that. I see them as a little bit like us, going through a rebuilding phase with a new coach. Josh Adams, 13. Warren Gatland is here for his press conference. Although Welsh rugby went into decline in the inter-war years, the team was then resurgent during the second half of the twentieth century. 9 to ever play the game. Scrum Half Gareth Edwards, started his epic career by captaining his team one year lateryet in 1968 even he could not stop the French from recording their first ever Five Nations Grand Slam. The game was introduced to Wales at Lampeter College in the mid-nineteenth century using the Rugby School rules. ", Guys are good this morning. Price went off with an eye injury amid Welsh mutterings about foul play to be replaced by Cardiff prop Mike Knill, winning his only cap. "The message to the players has been lets draw a line in the sand in terms of whats been going on and focus completely on the rugby. Bleddyn Williams, Jack Matthews, Cliff Morgan, Roy John, Ken Jones, Billy Williams, Rhys Williams, Bryn Meredith and Clem Thomas became household names and revered opponents across the world while playing for the British & Irish Lions. Ken Owens (capt), 3. "I quickly considered the options," JPR -- who that day broke Billy Bancroft's 75 year old record for Welsh full-back appearances -- has recalled. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 3. We could judge the Welsh on the decade since 2000but a record of 47 wins and 53 losses does not make for greatness. A referee 25 metres behind play inevitably slows the action , but he could still see clearly enough to award Gareth Edwards his 17th try for Wales, equalling the record jointly held by Ken Jones (one of the 1950 Slam team) and two members of the 1911 team, Reggie Gibbs and Johnny Williams. The Millennium Stadium seats 74,500, and it is always sold out. Wales- Founded in 1881. Kieran Hardy, 22. Through my travels Ive come to appreciate the diverse cultural, political and economic developments that defined this era. There was, however, JPR Williams, a familiar rock and tormentor of the English at full-back. I didnt even know how many caps he was on. Wales vs. France was a match, says one French account, "which mixed technical excellence with violence". Rhys Davies, 6. ", In the changing room, however, it was clear that the full-back would not be going back on. Kieran Hardy, 22. 1979 saw the Welsh record yet another Five Nations triumph with a Triple Crown, as their age came to an end. Hes a big lad, hes got some really lovely rugby skills and offloading ability. WHEN England rolled up at the Arms Park in 1979 Wales were nearing the end of the greatest decade in their history. 1971 was considered by some to be the finest year of Welsh rugby history, winning the Five Nations with a Grand Slam and using only 16 players in four games. Just that it became a nightmare.". The two began an unmatched spell of two-team dominance, monopolising first and second place from 1976 to 1979. Tomos Williams, 1. Mako Vunipola, 18. Despite finishing third under Swiss coach Gerardo Seoane last season, Leverkusen had endured their worst start to a season since the club had been first promoted to the Bundesliga in 1979.. Marcus Smith, 23. In nearly forty years, they would take it again. Welsh rugby has seven salary bands, with established players earning up to 110,000 per year and first-contract players earning between 40,000 and $60,000. My name is Patricia Smithand Im an amateur historian with a passion for medieval affairs. Theres a lot of work for us to do as a group. Its a position were lacking in depth in back-up to Dan. You've made nine changes, can you talk us through the decision to start Mason Grady? Previous Wales results with links to reports, match stats. Just happy things have been sorted. All Blacks assemble: Who's back from injury, overseas or on the fringes of Cup selection? Theyre one of the most successful sides in the history of the Six Nations Championship and they regularly reach the final stages of the Rugby World Cup.On this page, youll discover everything you need to know about the Wales Rugby team. The benefits of the restructure of professional rugby have reaped huge rewards since 2003 with three Six Nations Grand Slams, in 2005, 2008 and 2012, and a fourth championship title in 2013. . Its a great chance for him. Max Malins, 13. "When Gourdon was a couple of metres short, I shoulder-charged him -- if I had tackled him around the legs, he would definitely have made the try. We need to pull together now and find the best way forward, and do it together to put Welsh rugby at the top end of world rugby, and not the laughing stock, which I think we are at the moment.". On the Welsh jersey, there are red socks, white shorts, and feathers on top of the Prince of Waless feathers. Email: info@wru.wales Telephone: 02920 822 000 Fax: 029 2082 2474. It is with great pleasure that we announce that from the upcoming season, we will be known as CARDIFF Rugby. "People still congratulate me on scoring in that game. Why Has The World Become so PC With Humor? McKellar Wallabies exit confirmed, Bell signs on, France end Scotland hopes of 6N Grand Slam, Wales rugby apologises for contract dispute 'stress', Gatland supports Wales players in pay dispute, England rugby players to receive maternity cover, Six Nations Week 2 review: Box-office Finn Russell leads Scotland rout; England persevere in first win, Ireland overcome France in Six Nations classic. Gareth Edwards ended the season as the most capped Welshman, overtaking Ken Jones's record of 44 appearances in the final match against France. From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia. The date on which the Welsh Rugby Union will introduce a new salary band for established players, increasing their pay to 130,000, is critical because it falls on the 24th of January, 2022. Jack Willis, 8. Wales rugby squad in 1976 In the same book, JJ Williams, too, picks out the 1976 side as possibly Wales's greatest ever, while John Dawes, who played in the 1971 side and coached the team. "I was asked by the players not to name the team on Tuesday, and that was about as much as protecting them as well," said Gatland. The list of glittering stars from the golden generation included Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, Gerald Davies, Barry John and Mervyn Davies. Tomas Francis,. Have your say below or right here. Theres potentially more pain to go through.". The Wales rugby team is one of the most successful teams in the Six Nations Championship, having won the tournament a record 26 times. Ten matches were played between 20 January and 17 March. A burst of 18 points in a few second half minutes ended any doubts and Wales wound up with a 34-9 win, their greatest ever at Lansdowne Road. Welsh Rugby Union Principality Stadium Westgate Street Cardiff CF10 1NS WALES. Now the likes of Adam Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Ryan Jones and Alun Wyn Jones, can stand shoulder to shoulder with any of the great names of the past as can a whole host of other players who starred for both their country and the British & Irish Lions both home and abroad. The 28-year-old recovered from a serious knee injury to launch his Leicester career in October but has been limited to 11 outings for his new club because of other niggles. Then in 1978 the Wales repeated their heroics with another Grand Slam, at the same time becoming the first home union to record three consecutive Triple Crowns. On top of this, in 2008, Shane Williams was awarded the World Rugby Player of the Year.Wales Rugby today is in a very strong position and the current Wales Rugby squad is one of the strongest in recent memory. Rhys Patchell, 23. Watsons first England start in two years was decorated with a crucial 19th-minute try. The 1970s saw Gareth Edwards, Mervyn Davies, Gerald Davies and JPR Williams dominate Welsh teams that won another three Grand Slams before we uncovered a new set of national heroes in the 21st century. their first title since 1979, while it was England who were performing rugby's equivalent of a lap of honour. We win and then we can finish on a high. It is the goal ofCardiff Rugby to develop young rugby talent and provide world-class facilities for all of its players. The visit to Ireland looked anything but routine when Barry McGann landed three early penalties to give the hosts a 9-0 lead, but Wales were ahead by half-time. "If the game did get called off with naming a 23, then all of a sudden those 23 players are in the spotlight and almost being accused of calling the game off. With only 16 players, the 1971 side is regarded as one of the greatest in Welsh rugby history. For England its a huge game because if you look at their final two games thats a challenge too, so its a huge moment in this competition.". The joy that comes with such an achievement was only, though, to be short-lived. Kyle Sinckler, 4. On the other side of the Offas Dyke the decade had not been so rosy with not a single championship or Triple Crown for England. But it was not just about winning it was about winning in a style that thrilled the world with teams that are still considered among the best ever seen. Wales scored the most points (164) and tries (20) during the 2021 Six Nations, despite making the joint-fewest carries (511), gaining the fewest metres (1,548) and beating the fewest defenders (58). The team then entered into a golden age and they won the title in 1900, 1902, 1905 and 1906, while finishing as runners-up in 1901, 1903 and 1904. It was won by a remarkably stable team. Christ Tshiunza, 7. The 1970s statistics tells of their domination with three Grand Slams, five outright Five Nation championships and incredibly the Welsh were only beaten five times in the tournament over 10 years. We are now three rounds into the Guinness Six Nations and the Championship is starting to take shape, but some individuals have gone under the radar despite their top performances. Players like Gareth Edwards, Barry John, Mervyn Davies, John Taylor, JPR Williams, Gerald Davies and John Dawes emerged to take not only Welsh rugby, but also the British game to the top of the world with some scintillating performances throughout the Seventies.