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Great Welsh 9s and 10s
The winner was Michael Newman
Win this amazing piece of Welsh Rugby history for as little as £2:50!
Our uniqe raffle means that all Welsh rugby fans have a chance to own these shirts.
All proceeds to Help for Heroes and MacMillan.
The idea came from a conversation with a work colleague while fund raising for Help for Heroes in Swansea. He said ‘how come Wales always produce great halfbacks?’ My reply was’ its because of the outside half factory’ making reference to the Max Boyce song from the seventies. It was then the idea popped into my head. People have got complete sides to sign a shirt, but a collection of signatures from certain positions, well that’s a new one!
Originally the idea was to go back to 1970 and the task at hand began. Searching the WRU archive, Google, Wiki and rugby club web pages I started.
First 10 to sign was Paul Turner, Newport Gwent Dragons coach. I emailed the Dragons and explained what I was doing and they invited me down to see Paul. The day was a bit rushed as he was about to leave for their game against Edinburgh, but he signed and we were off.
The first 9 was Gerald Williams. I had seen Gerald on TV the week before I met him. He was pointed out by a police officer who was in his lab on one of the police camera action programs. So, I phoned South Wales Police HQ in Bridgend and asked to be put through to Mr Williams, and they did! I met Gerald a few days later and he signed. While there, Gerald gave me Rob Howleys number but I never had the courage to ‘cold call’ him, but I did meet him later.
That’s how it all started. The list of players are as follows:
9: Onllwyn Brace, Lloyd Williams, Clive Rowlands, Gareth Edwards, Terry Homes, Brynmore Williams, Andy Moor, Gerald Williams, Chris Bridges, Robert Jones, Rupert Moon, Rob Howley, Dwayne Peel, Gareth Cooper, Mike Phillips, Martin Roberts, Richie Rees
10: Cliff Morgan, David Watkins, Barry John, Phil Bennett, Gareth Davies, Paul Turner, Bleddyn Bowen, Jonathan Davies, Lee Jarvis, Arwel Thomas, Neil Jenkins, Stephen Jones, Nicky Robinson, James Hook,
Each shirt winner will also receive a photo album with pictures of the players at the signing of the shirts
Cliff Morgan has also donated a book written by a friend of his Paul Verdon, LEGENDS OF WORLD RUGBY, A book of the worlds great players from the amateur era. It is number 93 of a limited number of 530 copies produced. It has 75 original signatures of greats from Hugo Porta of Argentina to JPR Williams.
The raffle will run until 23rd Ocrtober 2011. It has taken 18 months in total to complete these shirts. All the proceeds are going to two charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.
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