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In Pictures: Ray Gravell

July 1980, against South Africa

During the British and Irish Lions' fourth Test played in Pretoria, Ray Gravell races towards the South African defence.

During a 1981 Five Nations match

The Wales centre waits for the ball during a 1981 Five Nations match. During one game against England, a placard in the crowd read: "Gravell eats soft centres".

With JPR Williams

Seen here supporting JPR Williams, Gravell won 23 caps for Wales between 1975 and 1982, making his Wales debut against France in a 25-10 win in Paris.

Ray Gravell circa 1975

As well as playing for the Barbarians, he captained Llanelli from 1980 to 1982 and famously played in the Scarlets team that beat the All Blacks in 1972.

Gorsedd sword carrier

A first-language Welsh speaker, Welsh culture and heritage were in important part of Gravell's life. He was the sword carrier at the opening ceremony of the Gorsedd of Bards.

At the Eisteddford in Newport

As well as his work in many an Eisteddfod, Gravell took part in the BBC's Big Welsh Challenge, helping Falklands veteran Simon Weston learn the words of Sosban Fach.

He worked as a broadcaster BBC Wales

After his rugby career, he carved a new one as a broadcaster in both English and Welsh. Known to everyone as "Grav," he was proud of his west Wales roots.


In April 2007, he had his right leg amputated below the knee, but with characteristic courage, appeared on television to talk about the operation and his recovery.

Photo courtesy Mark Henry

Often mobbed by fans, this photo was taken on the day of the France v Wales match in Paris in February 2007.


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