Thursday, November 01, 2007

Grav

Just a quick post to pay tribute to Welsh rugby legend Ray Gravell who has died, aged 56. Part of the Llanelli team which famously beat the All Blacks 1972, always wearing red in support of his beloved Scarlets and almost constantly talking (his catchphrase "West is best bois bach" is constantly repeated all over west Wales), he was a cracking player and a superb bloke. I've been lucky enough to meet him on a couple of occasions (a powerful guy, his handshakes made me wince slightly) and I'll never forget the enthusiasm and energy which he exuded. Many people loved him, he had his leg amputated earlier this year and it touched me to see how many people showed their support by wearing his trademark red gloves to the Heineken Cup semi-final last season.


He'll be missed on the radio, missed on the tv and missed standing on the the touchline at games interviewing the players and coaches with the wide-eyed enthusiasm of a little boy.

5 Comments:

At 1:28 am, Anonymous Anonymous thought it was best to say...

A campaign has been launched to re-name the "Prince William Cup" to "Cwpan Ray Gravell". I read about here.

And a Facebook Group has also been created on the same issue!

Contact the WRU - info@wru.co.uk - urging them to change the name. This would be a perfect tribute to the Great Ray Gravell in my view.

 
At 12:28 pm, Blogger Will thought it was best to say...

Why don't rugby players have beards any more?

 
At 1:03 am, Blogger Clearlykels thought it was best to say...

Rest his soul.

 
At 10:54 am, Blogger Curly thought it was best to say...

Will - Have a butchers at this. It should please you. If I find pictures of the beards, I'll post them - just for you.

 
At 10:15 pm, Blogger Will thought it was best to say...

Ha, ace.

 

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