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REMEMBERING RAY GRAVELL - 10 YEARS ON

On the Tuesday 31st October 2017, we remember Ray Gravell who sadly passed away ten years ago to the date.

Born in Mynydd-y-garreg, Carmarthenshire, Gravell was educated at Burry Port secondary modern school and Carmarthen grammar school. Gravell made his debut for Wales against France in 1975, three years after helping Llanelli to a famous win over New Zealand.

Despite winning 23 caps for Wales and playing in all four Tests on the Lions' 1980 tour of South Africa, Gravell never saw himself as one of the game's greats.

Often epitomising the hard edge of rugby, Gravell was the classic crash ball centre, thriving on the physical contact of the sport. He is often cited as the source for the much repeated rugby phrase, "get your first tackle in early, even if it's late”.

He announced his retirement from international rugby in 1982, and played his last match for Llanelli in 1985 having played 485 times and scored 120 tries for the club. He was President of Llanelli RFC from 1998 and of the Scarlets from their formation in 2003.

He forged a career as an actor and a respected rugby broadcaster, for S4C and the BBC.

Mike Cuddy, Chairman of Cuddy Group, Director of Ospreys Rugby and Owner of Neath RFC, said “Ray was renowned for his tremendous contribution to Welsh sport, he is missed as a rugby legend but more importantly as a great friend of mine”.

You will be able to read more about Ray Gravell in the Wales Online on Tuesday 31st October, 2017 -http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/