Iestyn Harris is a giant of Welsh rugby who represented his country in both codes of the game.
Iestyn Harris Bio
Known by rugby fans the world over as ‘The Welsh Wizard’, Iestyn Harris is one of the finest players to ever play the game. He’s best known as a former dual-code international who represented Wales in both rugby league and ruby union.
Iestyn Harris began his rugby league career in 1993, when he signed with Warrington at the age of 17. After a highly successful stint with the side, he left for Leeds in 1997 for a record-breaking £350,000. In his first full season with Leeds, he was named as the club’s captain. Then, in 1999, he became the first Leeds captain in a decade to lift silverware when the club won the Challenge Cup.
Seeking a new challenge, he left rugby league in 2001 and joined Cardiff RFC. After only playing 200 minutes of rugby for the side, he made his international debut during the same year. When the Welsh rugby system regionalised in 2003, Iestyn Harris joined the Cardiff Blues. However, after only one season with the club, he made his desire to return to rugby league clear and signed for the Bradford Bulls. During his rugby union career, he made 25 appearances for Wales.
In his second stint in rugby league, Iestyn Harris was a giant for the Bradford Bulls between 2004 and 2008. When his contract with the side ended, he then joined National League One club Featherstone Rovers, where he also did coaching and marketing for the club before he retired in 2009. During his time in rugby league, he represented Wales 20 times and made 13 appearances for Great Britain.
Post-retirement, Iestyn Harris enjoyed a successful coaching career. He held positions with a number of top sides, including the Welsh rugby league team, Crusaders Rugby League, Wigan Warriors and the Salford Red Devils. Since he left Salford in 2015, Iestyn Harris has primarily worked as a rugby analyst and pundit.
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