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Lions Legends: Sir Gareth Edwards

Lions Legends: Sir Gareth Edwards

The accepted truth is that it’s impossible to compare players from different eras but all admit that Sir Gareth Edwards would have been a great in any of them.

The accepted truth is that it’s impossible to compare players from different eras but all admit that Sir Gareth Edwards would have been a great in any of them.

The Wales legend had an international career that spanned 11 years and went on two tours with British & Irish Lions, including the historic series victory in New Zealand in 1971.

That was his first taste of the Lions experience and he started all four Tests during the 2-1 series victory.

Four years on Edwards was again one of the stars, as the Lions won 21 of 22 of matches, drawing the fourth Test to complete a 3-0 series success.

During that tour Edwards twice captained the side in international matches, against South West Africa and Rhodesia, now known as Namibia and Zimbabwe respectively.

Blessed with remarkable pace, power and vision, Edwards was such a gifted athlete that he would have excelled even in the modern game and is still widely regarded as the greatest player ever to play for Wales.

He was one of the inaugural inductees of the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1997 along with Wales and Lions teammates Barry John and JPR Williams.

Edwards was one of a kind, but made such an impression on New Zealanders that he is still remembered more than 40 years on. Will someone be able to match his achievements in 2017?

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