It ended in a 20-14 defeat but was in no way a portent of things to come.

The miner's son from Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen won his first cap for Wales in 1967 against France in Paris. And it is this which she counts as one of her proudest achievements. 1/4 Gareth Edwards and wife Maureen cause chaos when they take a trip on the Llangollen Canal. Suddenly, people in the streets had smiles on their faces once more.

Maureen Edwards (born c. 1939) is a New Zealand-born actress.

', Gareth Edwards gives one of his endearing smiles and admits "I suppose you can't blame them. On Monday, February 7 this year, at around 2.0 o'clock in the afternoon, Maureen Edwards went down to her local village to buy a copy of the afternoon paper.

But it has been the style which Wales have brought to their rugby which has so impressed northern hemisphere observers. “And what do you think of my tiles?” she asks. “The boys were so successful that we were wined and dined in Downing Street a few times, at Buckingham Palace in 1975 and then recently when Gareth got his CBE,” she says.

Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, near Pontardawe, Wales. The men wearing the sweatbands are Denzil Williams and Mervyn Davies. It’s time to be heading off – they may officially be retired but the Edwardses’ lives are far from empty – and Maureen walks me to the door, past the kitchen where Gareth is having a cup of coffee with a friend. The conservatory is the third extension we’ve done.

“Yes, I’m someone’s wife but I’m also someone’s mother and someone’s daughter. 4/4 Gareth and Maureen discover the lost canals they knew as children in Swansea and Neath. I think I understand why they’re still so happy after all these years. Of course, as Edwards says, in Wales it's one or the other: doom and gloom or ecstasy a la carte.

Suddenly, they have confidence, they believe in themselves. Birth name: Gareth Owen Edwards: Date of birth 12 July 1947 (age 73) Make me a cup of coffee, that is (even if he did get distracted and forget whether he’d put sugar in it or not. By the time Edwards played his last international 11 years later in Cardiff - also against France on a day Wales won the Grand Slam - he had won 53 caps and played in 10 Test matches for the Lions, being part of the victorious tours to New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974. Interestingly, Edwards believes the foundations for this thrilling, often pulsating Welsh rugby revival was laid by two New Zealanders, Graham Henry and Steve Hansen, during their tenures as national coach. “He had a blockage in his stomach. Until you have been here, you don't appreciate what it means.". "There is no doubt Clive will play to his strengths. Edwards pays them the ultimate tribute by saying "Yes, it reminds me of the rugby we tried to play in our time." I don’t mind it at all, it never affected me, ever.”.

So, what does the future hold for him and the national football team now? Being a wife and mother has been Maureen’s full-time job for most of her adult life. Left to right are Delme Thomas, Gareth Edwards, Gerald Davies, Barry John and Clive Rowlands, team coach. That’s Gareth Edwards, mind you. Inside, the caption underneath a school photo showing Maureen and Gareth as children says, “I wouldn’t touch him with a fork – Maureen, aged 12”. Wales have shown this year that you can still be successful even if you haven't got giants in your team.".

Aug 3, 2015 - Gareth Edwards and his bride Maureen Edwards on his wedding day in 1972. But he’s fine now.”. There is an acceptance that mistakes are bound to be made within a philosophy based on attack and creative running rugby. By clicking OK, you are confirming that this image is only to be used for the rights in the existing license. - ETTWM1 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors.

Terms and conditions  ~   A thrilling Lions tour of New Zealand has seen the four-quartered badge celebrated this week in a way few predicted it would be just a few short months ago. If Wales were to land the Grand Slam, then it would defy logic for Woodward to ignore the evidence.

“One particular girl used to write to him all the time, Valentine’s cards, birthday cards, even when he was married with children. People like Gavin Henson, Shane Williams, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Josh Lewsey, Geordan Murphy and some others are extremely good runners and players. Nothing in between. Instead it’s comfortable and welcoming, full of books and hand-stitched pillows and photographs – evidence of the three decades the couple have spent in it, raising their children Owen, now 34, and Rhys, 33. You’ve got to be proud of that.”. GARETH Edwards' missus can tell you almost to the day and the hour, when Wales's rugby revival became reality.

Your Lightboxes will appear here when you have created some. "When this came up I was dithering a bit, I asked Eirlys what she thought and she told me to just go for it. She hasn’t been able to walk all her life and she never complains, ever. ', 'Oh aye, but we'll wipe away the Scots and Ireland have to come to Cardiff. As we sit back down, I realise that so far all we’ve really talked about is Maureen, wife of Gareth Edwards, not Maureen as a woman in her own right. “People have got a lot worse things to complain about. GARETH Edwards' missus can tell you almost to the day and the hour, when Wales's rugby revival became reality. I’ve never heard her complain. So it is somehow appropriate that Wednesday is a day to celebrate the life of one of the greatest Lions of them all. So grannies all over Wales are once again discussing whether that midfield might be drifting a little too much, and whether that scrum is straight enough. They say behind every successful man is one heck of a strong woman. So it's hard to tell people to calm down. Edwards believes the Welsh style, of using and moving the ball as the way forward, must influence Sir Clive Woodward in his selection for the tour of New Zealand.

This image could have imperfections as it’s either historical or reportage. You can unsubscribe at any time. Gareth Edwards knows it better than most. “When you go through things like that you don’t realise at the time but it did change me at that point,” she admits. "That way of playing, of looking for space, has always been Wales's strength. 2 / 4 Gareth and Maureen face their first lock on a bumpy trip down the Montgomery Canal. She had recurring roles in Prisoner, appearing briefly in the series with cameos as four different characters, but best known as background officer Sue Bailey. Sections.

Back up to: Gareth Edwards’ Great Welsh Adventure. I don't want to see this game turned into a version of American Football, but the way some of it has been played, it has threatened to go down that path. Gareth pops back into the living room to retrieve the phone and Maureen gets a twinkle in her eye. “When you’re younger you’re a little bit vulnerable but as you get older you take it in your stride. Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, near Pontardawe, Wales. So as he reaches his age milestone, let's savour him via these brilliant pictures from the WalesOnline archive.... Edwards scores, his famous try in the red Arms Park mud against Scotland in February 1972. Of course, it means so much here. Edwards and Barry John are carried from the field in triumph after Wales beat Ireland 23-9 to win the Triple Crown in March, 1971, When the Wales team arrived back in Cardiff after their 1975 tour of Japan three players were pictured with their children.

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