Thursday, 1 November 2007

Ray Gravell

Ray Gravell was more than a Rugby hero.

For the wider world he will be remembered as one of the heroes of three triple crown wins and two grand slams. He was courageous beyond belief on the rugby pitch. Nothing other than an gentle man but fierce in play.

For Welsh speakers in particular he will always be more than a great rugby player. Back in the summer Ray Gravell used his broadcasting skills to act as host for the Dafydd Iwan and Ar Log concert at the National Eisteddfod. At the end of the brilliant show he was given a standing ovation. Following his illness and the subsequent loss of a limb he was welcomed on stage as a national hero.

He used to run among us as a hero. He'll always stand among us as a giant.

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