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Welsh stars turn out for anniversary.

Wales stars past and present met up last night for a gala occasion as the WRU celebrated its 125th anniversary. The dinner, held at the Millennium Stadium, was attended by more than 160 Welsh internationals, including 29 who have captained their country.

Among the former skippers were Western Mail columnist Gareth Edwards, Bleddyn Williams, Malcolm Thomas, Clive Rowlands, John Dawes, Mervyn Davies, Gerald Davies, JPR Williams, Jonathan Davies and Ieuan Evans.

The earliest captain at the dinner was 85-year-old Jack Matthews OBE, who skippered Wales against France in 1951.

The most recent was Michael Owen, who helped Wales win the Grand Slam earlier this year.

Also attending the dinner were four ex-presidents - Des Barnett (1986-87), Clive Rowlands (1989-90), Graham Tregidon (1992-93) and Sir Tasker Watkins (1993-2004).

There were five ex-Welsh coaches present - Clive Rowlands, John Lloyd, John Ryan, Dennis John and Alan Davies.

The WRU also invited 20 players who turned to Rugby League, including David Watkins, Maurice Richards and Jonathan Davies.

At their 100th anniversary dinner, these players wouldn't have had a look-in - indicating the way times have changed.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 15, 2005
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