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Gareth Edwards

Bydd arwr y maes rygbi Gareth Edwards yn rhannu ei atgofion wrth wylio clipiau o raglenni teledu o'r dyddiau a fu. Rugby legend Gareth Edwards shares his memories with Heledd Cy...


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-# Remember

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-# Remember #

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-Good evening and welcome to Cofio...

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-..where we refresh the memories

-of familiar faces...

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-..using archive footage

-from yesteryear.

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-Tonight, my guest

-is a master of many sports.

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-He was a wizard

-on the rugby field...

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-..he's a regular on the golf course

-and an accomplished angler...

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-..but to most people,

-he is simply...

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-..the greatest rugby player

-of all time.

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-A warm welcome to you,

-Gareth Edwards.

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-That was such

-an impressive introduction.

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-There's no pressure on you tonight!

-You're a busy man.

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-The years have just flown by.

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-I've had a lot of enjoyment

-being involved in all those sports.

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-The interest continues

-and you still keep yourself fit.

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-I'm one of the directors

-of Cardiff Blues...

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-..and I commentate with S4C.

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-I've retained my interest in rugby.

-It's so important to me.

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-Let's go back to the beginning.

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-They say it's best

-to begin at the beginning.

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-We'll take you back to Colbren

-Square in Gwauncaegurwen...

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-..where you were raised as a child.

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-Here, we'll see you explaining

-to Huw Llywelyn Davies...

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-..back in 1978, when you played

-rugby for the first time.

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-We returned to Gareth's first home

-to retrace his footsteps...

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-..and discover more about

-his initial attraction to rugby...

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-..and the skills that made him

-one of Wales's greatest players.

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-When do you remember

-first kicking a rugby ball?

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-I was about four years old...

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-..and I used to play

-on the old Co-op field...

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-..with the boys

-who lived next-door to me...

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-..Ronnie and Denzil Williams.

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-I used to play rugby with them.

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-I remember where we used to live...

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-..Cwmgors FC trained on the pitch

-behind our house.

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-He was forever getting under their

-feet - he was only four years old.

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-He had to cross a river

-to reach the pitch.

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-He was such a nuisance,

-they'd use him as a ball!

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-They'd throw him along the line

-as they ran across the pitch.

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-Down in Ger-Yr-Afon?

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-Was he a bit mischievous

-at that age?

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-He was full of mischief,

-full of mischief!

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-I remember, how can I put this...

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-..it was innocent childhood fun.

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-This was our field. That post was

-halfway and this was the try-line.

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-You kicked the ball

-over these wires...

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-..and Mrs Davies's house

-was the dead-ball line.

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-We hit her front door so many times.

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-She watched us from her window.

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-If our ball was in the garden,

-she'd be out to get it.

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-Today, you're a hero

-to everyone around here.

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-You weren't a hero when you kicked

-the ball into their gardens...

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-..and trampled on their lettuces.

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-I'd like to talk to them now

-to see how they felt.

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-People such as

-Mrs Morgan and Mrs Davies.

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-We were great kickers...

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-..but the ball would bounce on the

-kerb and bounce into the gardens.

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-I think that's what made us

-such good players.

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-Over the fence, grab the ball

-and out before they caught us!

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-The memories are flooding back.

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-The memories are flooding back.

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-It was a happy time, unforgettable.

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-I left the village when I was

-around 15 or 16 years old...

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-..and went to Millfield.

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-Being raised in the village,

-I only have fond memories.

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-You had a younger brother -

-Gethin...

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-..and an older sister - Gloria.

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-You were a close family.

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-Gloria was a few years older than me

-- she was born before the war.

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-Dad went off to fight in the war.

-She's about eight years older.

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-We had a happy family life.

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-My childhood

-was even more enjoyable...

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-..because I was surrounded

-by children of the same age.

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-We played football

-and spent a lot of time together.

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-You went to school and got to know

-the children in school.

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-We also played together

-for a few hours after school...

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-..especially in the summer.

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-We also played

-under the street lights in winter.

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-We enjoyed that kind of upbringing.

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-Plenty of friends, plenty of banter

-- that was our life at the time.

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-I know our next clip

-will mean a lot to you.

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-It's a very familiar voice

-from the past.

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-This man was very influential

-in Gareth's early life.

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-He's talking to Dewi Bebb.

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-I was expecting him

-to play for Wales.

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-I was expecting him to play

-for Wales before he was 20...

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-..but I didn't expect him

-to be made captain so soon.

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-He's become, for me...

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-I'm very happy that he's made

-his mark at such an early age.

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-What was he like at school?

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-He specialized in athletics.

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-In the summer, when everyone else

-played cricket and tennis...

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-..he lifted weights,

-ran distances and sprinted.

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-As you know, he was

-a Welsh schools' hurdles champion.

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-He was also Welsh schools'

-long jump champion.

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-He was a very talented athlete.

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-That's the primary reason

-for his current success.

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-What did you think

-when he was chosen to captain Wales?

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-Smashing.

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-What kind of captain will he make?

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-What kind of captain will he make?

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-Grand.

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-Know him -

-I've known him since he was born.

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-I've lived in Gwauncaegurwen

-for 50 years.

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-What was he like as a young boy?

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-What was he like as a young boy?

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-He was a star.

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-It's a good thing for this area.

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-Another local lad, Claude Davey...

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-..captained Wales

-against the All Blacks in 1935.

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-Gareth is as good as Claude Davey

-any day.

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-When I worked

-up on Cwmgors rugby field...

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-..he was there every night,

-whatever the weather, on his own.

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-He's worked very hard.

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-It's an honour for him

-and an honour for Wales.

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-It's also an honour

-for Gwauncaegurwen.

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-You talked highly of Gwauncaegurwen.

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-You impressed Gwauncaegurwen too.

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-We saw Bill Samuel,

-your former PE teacher.

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-He was a great influence on you -

-he nurtured your talent.

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-He showed me the right way to train

-and taught me many skills.

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-More than anything,

-he gave me the right grounding.

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-He knew that nothing

-was easy in life.

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-You had to prepare for everything.

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-He talked there

-about lifting weights.

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-He was the first teacher

-to suggest training such as that.

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-I started lifting weights

-from an early age.

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-My strength increased as I grew up

-and it prepared me for rugby.

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-I wanted to be an athlete

-at one time...

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-..then I wanted to play football

-for Swansea...

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-..but Bill was preparing me

-for my future career.

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-Tell me more about the Swans.

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-I used to play football.

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-I'd play rugby in the morning

-at school...

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-..and football

-in the afternoon for the village.

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-I was chosen

-for the Swansea youth team.

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-Trevor Morris,

-Swansea's manager at the time...

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-..wanted to sign me professionally.

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-That's what every young boy

-wanted to do.

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-He wanted me to come down

-the following season...

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-..and gain experience

-with the first team.

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-He said he'd write to me and I asked

-my mother if a letter had arrived.

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-She said one hadn't and I was

-ready to go off to Millfield.

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-When confirmation arrived

-that I had a place in Millfield...

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-..I found the letter from Swansea

-behind the clock on the mantelpiece.

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-"Since when has this been here,

-Mam?"

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-"I don't know - I hadn't seen it."

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-The letter had arrived

-but she didn't want me to see it.

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-She hid it from you.

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-She hid it from you.

-

-She hid it behind the clock.

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-She set you on your way

-to rugby fame.

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-Bill Samuel was the man

-who coached me and trained me...

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-..for my rugby career.

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-Bill Samuel and Mam know best!

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-There is another side to you

-that is not so well publicized.

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-You played in a brass band

-when you were younger.

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-First, here's a clip of one of west

-Wales's most popular brass bands...

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-..the Llanelli Brass Band

-marching through the town in 1963.

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-The cornet

-was your instrument of choice.

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-Dad wanted me to be a part of it.

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-His family had been members

-of a band in Ammanford.

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-Everyone in his family

-played in the band.

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-My father's father died

-at a very young age.

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-He'd also played the cornet in front

-of the King a few years earlier...

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-..in an exhibition

-at the Crystal Palace.

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-Dad loved brass bands

-and he was hoping I'd join a band.

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-I was more interested in sport

-and playing rugby and soccer.

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-Like everyone else, I look back and

-regret I didn't take it seriously.

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-I played in the youth band...

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-..but unfortunately,

-I packed it in soon after.

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-Well, fortunately for others, maybe!

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-You can't pass and kick a cornet

-as you would a ball.

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-I'd place my cornet in the bath.

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-I'd tell Mam it had to be left

-in the bath to clean itself out.

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-That's where it was most of the time

-- not next to my lips.

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-It's time for us to take a break.

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-We'll come back

-to share more memories...

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-..and watch more clips

-with Gareth Edwards in a moment.

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-Welcome back.

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-We're taking a walk down memory lane

-with Gareth Edwards.

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-Here's a clip showing what it was

-like to be one of the British Lions.

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-We go back to 1971...

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-..when Gareth landed in New Zealand

-for the First Test.

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-We'll see

-a few other familiar faces too.

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-John misses out Gibson.

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-That's John Bevan

-tackled by Cottrell.

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-The All Blacks get the ball back.

-Out to Sutherland.

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-Charged down by McLauchlan

-and he's scored. 3-0 to the Lions.

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-Carwyn, how do you feel

-after winning the First Test?

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-I don't think I have the words

-to describe the feeling.

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-There are so many emotions

-inside me at the moment.

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-We knew that this would be

-the crucial game to win.

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-After winning the first ten games...

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-..and with four Tests coming up,

-it was crucial for us to win today.

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-# We sailed on the Sloop John B

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-# My grandpappy and me

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-# Around Nassau town we did roam #

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-Taken by Mains, by the wing.

-What a tackle by John Taylor.

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-# Got into a fight #

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-Pullin to Gareth on the blind side.

-Over to Gerald and Gerald is over.

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-# I want to go home #

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-That's it,

-that's the end of the game.

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-14-14, the Lions have won the Test

-series 2-1 with one match drawn.

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-What do you think of the welcome

-you've had here tonight?

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-Well, it was magnificent.

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-I've said this many times

-to my friends.

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-It was worth touring

-for three and a half months...

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-..because returning to see all

-these people is such a pleasure.

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-You were stars when you returned.

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-We'll come to that in a moment.

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-Let's talk about the experience

-of being on tour with the Lions.

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-Is it different

-to the current experience?

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-It's amazing.

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-You've been preparing for the tour

-for years.

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-When you start playing rugby,

-you want to represent your country.

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-Once you've done that, the pinnacle

-is playing for the Lions.

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-On tour, you make new friendships

-that last a lifetime.

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-It's such a great experience.

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-It's hard to describe the emotions

-and the spirit of being on tour.

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-The welcome you received on your

-return was the icing on the cake.

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-No-one expected so much success.

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-We left the country

-and no-one gave us a hope.

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-No team had ever won a Test series

-in New Zealand.

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-When we left Australia

-and reached New Zealand...

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-..the press dubbed us the worst team

-to leave Australia for New Zealand.

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-We became a successful side

-and when we returned to Heathrow...

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-..the welcome was greater than

-the welcome the Beatles received...

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-..when they returned from America.

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-It was amazing.

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-People from across the country

-turned up to welcome us home.

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-When I returned to Neath...

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-..there were flowers for my mother,

-grandmother and Maureen...

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-..the greatest welcome

-you'd ever seen...

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-..and a lovely motor car to take me

-through Rhydyfro and Pontardawe...

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-..all the way to Cwmgors

-and Gwauncaegurwen.

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-People lined the streets

-every step of the way to welcome us.

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-The bunting was hanging from

-the houses. I'll never forget it.

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-A big cwtch from Maureen at the end!

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-When you're away from home,

-you don't realize what's going on.

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-You concentrate on every match.

-It's a long time to be away.

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-I had a family

-and when I went to South Africa...

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-..my son Owen was born

-on the Tuesday...

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-..and I left home on the Friday

-for three and a half months.

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-That was difficult.

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-It wasn't as bad if you were

-a youngster still in college...

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-..with no family.

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-It was a far better experience.

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-We turn to the tranquillity of the

-river and leave the rugby behind.

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-Here, you're explaining

-to Huw Llywelyn Davies...

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-..the appeal of fishing

-and how you became interested.

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-I remember catching

-one of my first fish.

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-There were only eels in the river.

-Only eels could survive.

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-I'm sure the fish

-had pneumosilicosis.

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-You used to break your mother's

-heart when you took them home.

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-There was no point her cooking them.

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-By the time she'd removed the dust,

-coal and skin off them...

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-..there was nothing left.

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-It gave me as much pleasure

-to catch the eels...

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-..as it gives me

-to catch a salmon now.

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-I play rugby at the highest level...

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-..and this is the only way

-I can relax and forget about rugby.

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-Every time I fish,

-wherever I fish...

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-..as soon as I'm on the river,

-I forget everything.

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-I almost lost my train of thought...

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-..because when I look at the water,

-I start thinking about fishing.

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-That's the effect it has on me.

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-I enjoy being out

-in the countryside.

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-I love these surroundings.

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-I feel free here.

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-Those were impressive sideburns.

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-That's the worst thing

-about the style of that time.

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-That's what's nice

-about watching these clips.

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-You do relax completely when

-you fish and have done for decades.

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-Since I was about five years old.

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-I was raised near the river

-in Gwauncaegurwen...

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-..before we moved up

-to Colbren Square.

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-The river flowed

-through the village.

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-Most of the time,

-the river was black.

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-It was black because of the coal

-that ended up in the water.

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-As I was telling Huw,

-only eels could survive in it.

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-If you travelled beyond that river,

-into the mountains...

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-..you'd find some great clear

-waters for trout fishing.

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-Mr Williams, one of our neighbours,

-was a keen angler.

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-He took me fishing for the first

-time when I was about six years old.

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-I caught some trout

-and brought them home.

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-Mam had to cook them

-as soon as I got home.

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-There's nothing better than cooking

-fish that have just been caught.

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-The interest in fishing

-has stayed with me all my life.

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-It helps me relax now.

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-I didn't think it would be important

-when I played for Wales...

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-..but when you're under pressure

-on the pitch...

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-..it was a release for me

-away from the pitch.

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-The whole experience was a joy.

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-It wasn't just

-about catching the fish.

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-It was about being

-in the great outdoors.

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-You need an opportunity to come down

-after the rush of excitement.

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-If I spend an hour on the river,

-I forget about it all.

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-I think we'd have some letters

-of complaint...

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-..if we didn't show this next clip

-of you on the programme.

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-Any excuse to show a classic

-from the history of rugby union.

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-Here's Gareth Edwards's try...

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-..against the All Blacks in 1973

-at Cardiff Arms Park.

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-Bryan Williams

-gave the Barbarians possession...

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-..which led to one of the most

-remarkable tries at the Arms Park.

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-Bennett caught New Zealand's

-back row flat-footed.

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-The Baa-Baas' attack reformed

-and moved up field.

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-Edwards crosses for a try

-that had the crowd gasping...

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-..and the All Blacks bewildered.

0:21:400:21:42

-Yay! I still want to do that

-every time I see that clip.

0:21:570:22:01

-Do you sometimes

-reach for the tape...

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-..and relive the try

-when you're on your own?

0:22:030:22:06

-I watched the entire game for the

-first time only about a year ago.

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-I don't watch it that often.

0:22:120:22:14

-Of course,

-wherever I go around the world...

0:22:150:22:19

-..people ask me about the try...

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-..more often than not,

-in New Zealand...

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-..South Africa,

-Australia and America.

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-It also happened once

-when I was fishing in Russia.

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-A bloke had a recording of the match

-and showed it on TV.

0:22:320:22:37

-I was asked to speak about the try.

0:22:370:22:39

-People have seen it

-around the world.

0:22:400:22:42

-People remember where they were

-when that match was played...

0:22:430:22:47

-..but I never watch it.

0:22:470:22:49

-My son Owen rang me up

-a few weeks ago...

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-..to tell me

-the match was on the television.

0:22:520:22:56

-I watched it and enjoyed it...

0:22:560:22:59

-..but when I watched it...

0:22:590:23:01

-..I picked out all the mistakes

-we made...

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-..instead of highlighting

-the good points from the game.

0:23:040:23:09

-It's an iconic try.

0:23:090:23:11

-It's the perfect way

-to end the programme.

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-Thank you for joining us.

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-I hope you've enjoyed

-your trip down memory lane.

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-Unfortunately,

-time flies by so quickly.

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-Thank you very much, Gareth.

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-Until next time, goodnight.

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-# Remember

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-# Remember #

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-S4C Subtitles by Simian 04 Cyf.

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Bydd arwr y maes rygbi Gareth Edwards yn rhannu ei atgofion wrth wylio clipiau o raglenni teledu o'r dyddiau a fu. Rugby legend Gareth Edwards shares his memories with Heledd Cynwal