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Stars out for Grav charity bash

Ray Gravell
Ray Gravell died in October 2007

Some of the UK's top former sports stars will hit the fairway later for a pro-am golf tournament in aid of a charity in memory of Ray Gravell.

Two former Wales football captains, Gary Speed and Kevin Ratcliffe, will be among those playing the 2010 Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor, Newport.

Some of rugby's biggest stars will also be out in force to raise money for one of the sport's much-loved characters.

The Llanelli, Wales and British Lions centre turned broadcaster died in 2007.

Among the rugby stars raising money for the Ray Gravell Trust will be former Wales skipper Ieaun Evans.

He will be joined by Scottish rugby star Gavin Hastings, ex-England cricketer Chris Broad, father of Ashes hero Stuart, and former Olympic athletes Allan Wells, Kriss Akabusi and John Regis.

Ray Gravell was voted the nation's top idol in a poll organised by the Welsh assembly last year.

Affectionately known as Grav, he won a fifth of the 6,500 votes cast in the poll.

Singer Katherine Jenkins and the boxer Joe Calzaghe were second and third in the list.



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