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Gareth Edwards is widely believed to be the greatest Welsh rugby player of all time.

Gareth Edwards Bio

Once described as ‘arguably the greatest player to ever don a Welsh jersey’, Gareth Edwards was a true star of the game. During his illustrious career, he was capped more than 50 times for his country and made almost 200 appearances for Cardiff. Gareth Edwards was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Gareth Edwards spent his entire domestic career representing Cardiff RFC. Between 1966 and 1978, he enjoyed 12 seasons at the club. During this time, he scored 69 tries in 195 appearances.

Although he enjoyed a stellar career with Cardiff, Gareth Edwards is undoubtedly best known for his time with Wales. Between his debut in 1967 and his retirement in 1978, he was a key part of the Welsh team that came to the fore of European rugby. During this time, he also became a member of a small group of Welsh players who have won three Grand Slams. 

Due to his performances for Wales, Gareth Edwards was capped by the British and Irish Lions on 10 occasions between 1968 and 1974. During this period, he won a series in New Zealand and went on an unbeaten tour of South Africa. On the international stage, he also represented the Barbarians. On one appearance for the side against New Zealand in 1973, he scored a try that was so impressive that it’s still known by most rugby fans simply as ‘that try’.

Since his retirement from rugby, Gareth Edwards has released an autobiography and has been a regular on British television. He also commentates on rugby and holds a number of roles in the private sector.

Plus, due to his services to the game, Gareth Edwards was one of the first former players to be inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997. He was also knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2015, for services to sport and for charitable services.