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Saturday, 1 January, 2000, 00:10 GMT
Gareth Edwards 'millennium sporting hero'

Gareth Edwards in action for the British Lions Gareth Edwards in action for the British Lions


Legendary scrum-half Gareth Edwards is the Welsh sporting hero of the millennium, according to an online poll.

The poll asked users of BBC Wales News Online and Ceefax to name their Welsh sporting hero.


Wales's millennium sporting heroes
Gareth Edwards
Ryan Giggs
John Charles
The clear winner was Gareth Edwards, who was also recently voted the best rugby player of all time in a BBC News Online poll.

Edwards was first capped for Wales in 1967 at the age of 19, and captained the national side the following year.


Gareth Edwards Edwards won 53 consecutive caps for Wales
He played 53 consecutive matches for Wales during what is regarded as the golden era of the Welsh national sport.

He inspired the side during a series of triumphs, including the 1969 Triple Crown and the 1971 Grand Slam.

He gained his 50th cap in 1978, when Wales beat England at Twickenham, and bowed out from international rugby later that year, when Wales again attained the Grand Slam.


Soccer legend John Charles Soccer legend John Charles
During his career, he scored 20 international tries.

The two runners-up in the sporting hero poll are both from the world of football. Second was Manchester United and Wales soccer star Ryan Giggs, followed by legendary Wales, Leeds United and Juventus player John Charles, who is now 67.

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