Gareth Edwards in the mall

Sunday, 15 September, 2013

In 2003, a poll of international rugby players conducted by Rugby World magazine declared Gareth Edwards the greatest player of all time. A year earlier, a life-size bronze statue of the outstanding Welsh scrum-half by the New Zealand sculptor Bonar Dunlop was unveiled in St Davids shopping mall in Cardiff.

The Welsh mall

“He was a supreme athlete with supreme skills, the complete package,” wrote former England captain Will Carling in his list of the “50 Greatest Rugby players.” Ranking Edwards as the finest of them all, Carling wrote: “He played in the 1970s, but, if he played now, he would still be the best. He was outstanding at running, passing, kicking and reading the game. He sits astride the whole of rugby as the ultimate athlete on the pitch.”

Note: It can be tricky for rugby fans to tell the difference between a ruck and a maul, but the general rule is that in a ruck, the ball is on the ground, while in a maul, the ball is in the hands of a player. Simply put: Off the ground, it’s a maul; on the ground, it’s a ruck.

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