World Rugby Hall of Fame – Induction No.111 – Philip Bennett (Wales, British and Irish Lions, Barbarians, Llanelli) 1948-
One of 25 legends inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 September, 2015.
Born: 24 October, 1948 in Felinfoel, Wales
From his ability to beat an opponent with a swerve of the hips and a mesmerising side-step to his tactical acumen and match-winning exploits in front of goal, as a fly half Phil Bennett had the lot.
Bennett’s time in a red jersey – for both Wales and the British and Irish Lions – was steeped in success. On taking over from Barry John as Wales’ regular fly half in 1972, Bennett, who had made his debut three years earlier, went on to experience the glory of two Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978 as well as the Championship in 1975.
His wizardry and willingness to play what was in front of him instigated the move that led to arguably the most famous international try of all-time, scored by his long-time half-back partner Gareth Edwards for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973.
The Llanelli man was also a key member of the 1974 Lions squad that returned home from South Africa unbeaten as well as captaining the tourists three years later in New Zealand.
In total, he won 29 caps for Wales in an international career that spanned 10 seasons from 1969-78.