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Ex-rugby star tries for a spot at the Swans

By EPerkins1  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

By Liz Perkins

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RUGBY legend Gareth Edwards revealed he was invited to try out for the Swans reserves after he hung up his boots for Wales.

Mr Edwards remembers fondly the invite given by then Swans player-manager John Toshack to train with the boys.

As a youngster Mr Edwards played for Swansea Town Youth and for the Coelbren Rovers.

But his glittering career playing rugby for Wales got under way shortly after leaving Millfield School.

Mr Edwards, who is a Swans season ticket holder, said he scored some success on the football pitch.

He said: “After finishing playing rugby John Toshack was back at the Swans and he said come and train with us and I played several games with the reserves.

“I used to play with the boys regularly.

“I played in Anfield for Chris Lawler’s testimonial and I scored a penalty.

“(Kenny) Dalglish and Alan Hansen were playing and I enjoyed that match.”

He added: “I played for the Swans Town Youth prior to going to Millfield School and when I came out I played rugby for Wales.”

Mr Edwards would spend his Tuesday nights playing football at The Vetch and played alongside the current Swans first-team coach Alan Curtis.

“I often played football with Barry John who was an exceptionally good footballer and Phil Bennett,” he added.

“We would play charity games on a regular basis.

“We would raise a lot of money and would play in the Showbiz 11.”

Mr Edwards, who described John Toshack “as a frustrated outside half,” revealed the Swans star played a bit of rugby for Neath Athletic.

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