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Legends of the Game: Gareth Edwards

The great Welsh scrum half

Posted Jun 24, 2011 by Legends

The best player of all time according to Rugby World magazine

Considered by many as one of the best scrum halves to have ever played the game of rugby, Gareth Edwards is the latest of our legends features on Imagine Rugby. His pace and power made him one of the best around in his position, and these traits, coupled with the sheer desire to win, made him a true great in Wales, and around the world.

In a vote conducted by Rugby World magazine in 2003, he was voted the best player of all time.

He played his first game for Wales in 1967, against France at the age of just 19, and went on to set a record they may never be broken in international rugby. Between 1967 and 1978, Edwards won 53 caps for his country – all of which came in succession. He never missed one international game between his first cap and his last, and his performance levels remained at his own high standard throughout.

 13 of his 53 caps for his country were as captain – and he was Wales’ youngest ever skipper, first taking the armband in February 1968 against Scotland, aged 20. During his career, Wales dominated the Five Nations Championship, winning the title on seven occasions, including three Grand Slams.

He won 10 caps for the British Lions, including the victorious 1971 team that toured New Zealand, and the unbeaten 1974 squad that toured South Africa.

In 1997, Edwards was one of the first fifteen players to be inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame, and in 2001 he was voted the best Welsh player of all time.

He was awarded an MBE for services to rugby in 1975, and became a regular team captain on the BBC’s ‘Question of Sport’ show between 1978 and 1982.

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