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Welsh legend Phil Bennett is 'unwell' and being cared for by family

By Ian Cameron
Bobby Charlton CBE shakes hands with former rugby player Phil Bennett OBE (Getty Images)

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Scarlets have issued a short statement as speculation mounts around the well-being of Wales legend Phil Bennett.

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The 73-year-old is said to be ‘battling’ an illness and is being looked after by his family. His former club took to social media to address speculation online about his health.

A Scarlets’ statement reads: “Our President Phil Bennett is unwell and being cared for by his family.

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“Phil is battling like the true Scarlet he’s always been and our thoughts and prayers are with him. We would ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”

Bennett represented Wales on 29 occasions as well representing the British & Irish Lions. He also represented the Scarlets, then Llanelli RFC, on 410 occasions scoring 2444 points over 15 seasons.

He’s widely considered to be one of the greatest to ever play the game.

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