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Gareth Edwards, born 12 July 1947 in Pontardawe, Wales, is a former Welsh rugby union footballer who plays scrum-half, considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game. July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... 1947 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Pontardawe (Welsh for bridge on the River Tawe) is a town in the Swansea valley (Welsh: Cwmtawe) in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, traditional county of Glamorgan, south Wales. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English, Welsh Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff First Minister Rhodri Morgan Area  - Total Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² Ethnicity: 97. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English, Welsh Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff First Minister Rhodri Morgan Area  - Total Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² Ethnicity: 97. ... Rugby Union is a team sport that was developed from the rules used to play football at Rugby School in England. ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15. ...


Edwards was a miner's son from Gwaun-cae-Gurwen. He won a scholarship to the elite Millfield Public School. Millfield is an independent co-ed boarding school in Street, Somerset. ...


He first played for Wales in 1967 at the age of 19. Between 1967 and 1978 Edwards won 53 caps for Wales, including 13 as captain. All his caps were won in succession, he never once had a dip in form or an injury that would allow anybody else to take his place. The Welsh rugby union team, as the highest level of Welsh rugby union, represent Wales at the national sport of rugby union. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The Welsh rugby union team, as the highest level of Welsh rugby union, represent Wales at the national sport of rugby union. ...


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. The Six Nations Championship, (2000-) formerly known as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides; England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ...


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. The official 2005 Lions logo The British and Irish Lions (formerly British Isles and then the British Lions; commonly the Lions) is a Rugby Union side comprising a pick of the best players from the Home nation unions in Great Britain and Ireland. ... In 1971 the British Lions toured New Zealand, also playing two matches in Australia. ... In 1974 the British Lions toured South Africa. ...


Edwards was blessed with extreme pace and married this with strength, agility and guile, scoring twenty tries in internationals. His try for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973 at Cardiff Arms Park, often refered to simply as 'that try', is commonly said to be the greatest ever. The move starting deep with Phil Bennett inside his own 22, and passing through five other pairs of hands before Edwards finished it with a diving score in the corner. The original Barbarians Barbarian Football Club, typically referred to as Barbarians and nicknamed the Baa-Baas, are an invitational rugby union team. ... All Blacks The All Blacks are the national rugby union representative team of New Zealand. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Cardiff Arms Park is a stadium complex situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. ... Phil Bennett (born October 24, 1948) was a Welsh Rugby Union fly half from 1969 to 1978. ...


When he wrote his autobiography he was branded a 'professional' and was prevented from coaching or being involved in any way with the sport of rugby union.


In a poll of international rugby players conducted in 2003 by Rugby World magazine, Edwards was declared the greatest player of all time. He now commentates on the game for the BBC and S4C, commentating for the latter in the Welsh language, his mother tongue. A statue of Gareth Edwards stands in the St David's shopping centre, Cardiff. Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru - Channel Four Wales) is a Welsh-language television channel broadcasting in Wales, United Kingdom, which was established in response to demands for a channel to cater for the Welsh-speaking minority population in Wales. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... The Norman Keep, Cardiff Castle Aerial view of the Millennium Stadium The Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd) is the capital and largest city of Wales. ...


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Gareth Edwards at AllExperts (551 words)
Gareth Owen Edwards (born 12 July 1947 in Pontardawe, Wales) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer who plays scrum-half, considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game.
Edwards was blessed with extreme pace and married this with strength, agility and guile, scoring twenty tries in internationals.
Surprisingly, Edwards has admitted that All Black scrum-half Sid Going most likely got the better of him over their seven encounters, "As I say, he was the best I played against and, yes, he probably had the edge on me in the games we played".
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Gareth Edward's abstract paintings possess an emotional intelligence that compels us to enter into their intimate narratives.
Between the wanting and the getting, the departure and the arrival lies Edwards' fascination with the journey when he is moving from and to something desirable but not yet found, as we find with the title for this exhibition: freedom from freedom to.
Edwards empathises with the optimism of modernism that was never quite achieved in reality but which had so much potential.
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