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Watch: Lions Legend #2 – Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards is pretty much universally regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever graced a rugby pitch. However, it wasn’t just for his beloved Wales that he sparkled, he is also a Lions legend.

Edwards played on three Lions tours: 1968, 1971 and 1974. The latter two are probably the most famous tours of all featuring the side. In 1971 the squad headed off to New Zealand and defeated the All Blacks in the first and third tests before drawing the fourth to secure the series.

In 1974 they toured South Africa they won the first three tests and drew the third. Edwards was at the heart of almost all of those victories and a pivotal player in both series wins.

British Lions scrum half Gareth Edwards starts the movement which ended with loose forward Peter Dixon going over for a try, 20th August 1971. Wayne Cottrell of the All Blacks slows Edwards, with Alex Wyllie (rear) and Ian Kirkpatrick also racing in on the action. Lions flanker John Taylor backs up. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

So what better way to celebrate the great man than by watching him talk us through the trials and tribulations of that most famous of tours?

The video includes some genuine moments of magic from the Welsh maestro, so sit back and enjoy.

The world of rugby is yet to see a scrum half equal to his talents, but he will go down in history as not just one of the best players in his position but arguably the greatest player that has ever played the sport.

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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