Welsh rugby legend, Edwards, visits City of Roses

Gareth Edwards in action for the British & Irish Lions against the Springboks in South Africa in 1974 PHOTO: WALESONLINE

The Toyota Cheetahs will have a very special guest in attendance on Saturday when they face the Cardiff Blues in round 20 of the Guinness Pro14.

The match between the two sides is considered to be the most important of the campaign to date for the Cheetahs as a win will virtually assure the team of a berth in the play-offs, during their debut season.

The match will be attended by the legendary Welsh and British & Irish Lions scrumhalf, Sir Gareth Edwards. The man described by the BBC as “arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey” will be accompanied by his wife, Lady Maureen Edwards.

Edwards who represented Wales in 53 Tests from 1967 to 1978 and the Lions in 10 Tests from 1971 to 1974, is no stranger to the City of Roses.

Edwards played in all four of the Tests during the famous ’74 tour of South Africa, however, none of them were played in Bloemfontein. It was only in 1980 that the Springboks tackled the Lions in Bloemfontein.

During the ’74 tour, the Lions played the Free State in a tough match which they won 11-9 in the dying minutes. Due to the magnitude of that particular match, it is believe that Edwards played against the Free State.

Edwards was in Bloemfontein a few years ago, where was a guest speaker, along with the former Springbok captain, Morné du Plessis, at a Grey College “Manneaand”.

As player Edwards played in 195 matches for the Cardiff RFC over a 12 year career, scoring 426 points in the process.

Saturday afternoon’s all-important match between the Cheetahs and Cardiff at the Toyota Stadium kicks off at 15:00. – MORGAN PIEK