At Millfield, Gareth Edwards was an exceptional athlete. If one takes his rugby ability for granted, it is surprising to know that, representing Somerset, at the All England Athletics Championships in his final year, he broke the United Kingdom record for the 200yds low hurdles. “Gareth”, his autobiography, gives interesting insights into his life at Millfield, how Boss Meyer changed his life and how Millfield broadened his horizons. From Millfield, he went to Cardiff College of Education, where he qualified as a teacher of Physical Education. However, his life was to be dominated by rugby although, at first, he started a career in management with a Neath company, involved in engineering and manufacturing, spurning the financial temptation being offered by rugby league. He first played for Wales in 1967 at the age of 19. Between 1967 and 1978 Gareth won 53 caps for Wales, including 13 as Captain. All his caps were won in succession for he never had a loss of form or an injury that would allow anyone else to take his place. He is Wales’ youngest ever captain, gaining his first captaincy at the age of 20. During his era, the Welsh side dominated the Five Nations Championship, winning the title seven times, including three grand slams. He also played ten times for the British Lions, playing for the legendary 1971 Lions team that was the only such team to win a series in New Zealand and for the unbeaten 1974 side in South Africa. Transferring his athletic ability to rugby, his extreme pace, welded to his strength, agility and guile, allowed him to score 20 tries in internationals. His try for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973 at Cardiff Arms Park, often referred to simply as ‘that try’, is commonly said to be the greatest ever (and is available to view on the Barbarians website). When Gareth wrote the aforementioned autobiography, he was branded a “professional” and was prevented from coaching or being involved in any way with the sport of rugby union. However, those days have disappeared for ever and, in a poll of international rugby players conducted in 2003 by Rugby World magazine, he was declared the greatest player of all time. Gareth now commentates on the game for the BBC and in Welsh, his mother tongue, for a Welsh channel. He has also been a team captain on “A Question of Sport”, the popular BBC quiz programme. A statue of Gareth now stands in a prominent shopping centre in Cardiff. In the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, he was made a CBE for services to sport. Gareth has several other sporting interests and he has done remarkably well at these, too. A low handicap golfer, he is an accomplished fisherman, as his part in the BBC series “The Fishing Race” demonstrated. Indeed, in 1990, he caught a 45lb pike which was the heaviest such fish ever caught in England, Wales and Scotland. An apocryphal story suggests that he once declared on television that he would rather catch a 20lb salmon than score a try for Wales! Whether or not that is true it does illustrate how much he enjoys the sport. President of the Cardiff Institute for the Blind, he celebrated his 60th birthday in 2007 at a Celebrity Golf Day and Gala dinner which resulted in a significant amount of money going toward this worthwhile charity. However, things have not always gone easily for him. Maureen, his wife of many years, first won his heart when he was a 12-year old at school. She looked at him and sniffed “I wouldn’t touch you with a fork”.