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Voted the greatest player of all time in a poll of international rugby players conducted by Rugby World magazine in 2003.

A scrum-half like no other, Gareth Edwards had a devastatingly quick and accurate pass but also the pace to go it alone on a searing break if needed. He struck up a brilliant half-back partnership at international level with Barry John and then Phil Bennett.

Edwards played 53 consecutive tests for Wales as a Cardiff player from 1967-78, including 13 as captain, scoring 20 tries. One try stood out above all others, his spectacular 30-metre dash and dive for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Twickenham in 1973. He also won seven Five Nations titles with Wales and three Grand Slams. 

His 11-year international career included starring roles in the victorious British and Irish Lions series in 1971 and 1974, having first toured in 1968. In total, he played in 39 Lions matches, 10 of which were tests.

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    I was part of a country which had rugby blood in its veins, and for a short time I was part of its national side which stretched out for the top and reached a pinnacle. I am thankful for that.

    -Gareth Edwards