Phil Bennett: Legendary Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half dies aged 73on June 12, 2022 at 7:41 pm

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Legendary Wales, British and Irish Lions and Llanelli fly-half Phil Bennett has died at the age of 73.

Phil Bennett

Bennett was a key figure in Wales’ golden era, helping them win two Five Nations Grand Slams in the 1970s.

He also starred in the Lions’ historic unbeaten tour of South Africa in 1974 and produced moments of magic in his 20 appearances for the Barbarians.

He is regarded as one of the greatest players to wear the fabled number 10 shirt for Wales and the Lions.

In their statement announcing Bennett’s passing, Scarlets said he was “one of the all-time legends of the game and widely regarded as the greatest player to wear the Scarlets jersey”.

Bennett made eight Test appearances for the Lions over two tours, becoming only the second Welshman to captain the Lions on their 1977 tour of New Zealand.

The Llanelli RFC great won 29 caps for Wales, retiring in style in 1978 by captaining his country to a second Grand Slam in three years with victory over France in his final game.

After retiring, Bennett became an OBE in 1979 and was inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2005.

He was a popular pundit for BBC Wales and always remained a loyal supporter of Felinfoel RFC, the amateur club of his home village, where a statue of the village icon was unveiled in April, 2022.

More to follow.

- Advertisement -




Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release: ‘If any couple is going to survive this, it’s them’on March 19, 2022 at 12:15 am

How the bond between Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family helped them endure the darkest of times.

Australia players back wicketkeeper Paine for Ashes, says Harrison November 24, 2021 at 7:58 am

Batsman Marcus Harris says Australia's Test players are behind Tim Paine to continue as wicketkeeper for the Ashes following his resignation as captain.

Flood warnings in Wales follow ‘persistent rain’ alerton February 20, 2021 at 10:38 am

More than 20 flood warnings are in place, as well as a Met Office amber alert for heavy rain.Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion,...

US passes emergency waiver over fuel pipeline cyber-attackon May 10, 2021 at 2:22 am

The US acts to keep fuel flowing after its largest pipeline was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack.They are Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware,...

How to Make a Business Letter Format

How to Make a Business Letter FormatYou have to write a business letter and do not have the needed skills to do it?...