Sir Gareth Owen Edwards, CBE is a Welsh former rugby union player who played scrum-half and has been described by the BBC as "arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey". In 2003, in a poll of international rugby players conducted by Rugby World magazine, Edwards was declared the greatest player of all time. In 2007, former England captain Will Carling published his list of the '50 Greatest Rugby players' in The Daily Telegraph, and ranked Edwards the greatest player ever, stating; "He was a supreme athlete with supreme skills, the complete package. He played in the 1970s, but, if he played now, he would still be the best. He was outstanding at running, passing, kicking and reading the game. He sits astride the whole of rugby as the ultimate athlete on the pitch". Edwards was prominent in the Welsh national team that was to the fore in European rugby in the '60s and '70s.
About Gareth Edwards
Former Welsh rugby union player; widely considered the best Welsh rugby player of all time.
He was a talented soccer player and gymnast as a teenager; he signed with Swansea Town soccer at the young age of 16.
He was only 19 when he won his first rugby international cap for Wales against France in 1967.
His father was a coal miner in Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Wales, where Edwards was born and raised.
He and Ryan Jones are two of very few Welsh players in rugby history to have won three Grand Slams.
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