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Gareth Edwards, scrum half
Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards was considered perhaps the most accomplished scrum-half ever
Age 57, director of several companies. He says:

"I still have fond memories, though some sad ones.

"Although we won the grand slam in that final game against France in '78, I also realised it was in all probability going to be my last game for Wales, and indeed it turned out to be.

"I'd thought long and hard about retirement and I couldn't wish for a better send off than to win the Grand Slam.

"I couldn't quite believe that it was such a long time ago since we played. But it has all come flooding back.

"It was a wonderful period of time. We enjoyed our rugby, we had some success out of it and of course the whole nation enjoyed in that success.

"Welsh rugby fans have been starved of success over the last 10, 15, 20 years probably, and now all of sudden there is a realisation that we're back up there with the best.

Gareth Edwards
He thinks the current team's playing style is 'so pleasing to the eye'

"The team are playing a Welsh style of rugby I've advocated for a long time.

"I don't think we've got the physicality of the Australians or the English side to play a confrontational game, we have always had to play with guile and play in space.

"I think Wales are doing that and it's been so pleasing to the eye, it's been sensational, the way they played against France and in particular against Scotland.

"One thing that stands in the team's favour is that the players have kept their feet very much on the ground because a grand slam is still difficult to win.

"We would be well reminded to remember that England failed in the last three out of the four years in gland slams, when they least expected it.

"So we can't take anything for granted. I think Wales will have to play probably the best rugby of the season to beat a competitive Irish side."




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