Bobby Windsor - The Iron Duke: The Life and Times of a Working-Class Rugby Hero

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Bobby Windsor - The Iron Duke: The Life and Times of a Working-Class Rugby Hero

Bobby Windsor - The Iron Duke: The Life and Times of a Working-Class Rugby Hero

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As we gaze upon this image today, we can't help but feel inspired by Bobby Windsor's legacy – a true icon whose dedication continues to inspire generations of aspiring rugby players worldwide. Mr Windsor won 28 Wales caps between 1973 and 1979, claiming Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978 and toured twice with the Lions, winning five caps. There were fellers there who had no hope and three of them died within a fortnight but they were fighting to live and I’d been ready to do away with myself. He began his career in the backs as a fullback and outside-half but would soon move in to the murky world of the front row, winning 28 caps for his country. Advised to retire in 1980 because of a back injury, Windsor played for another seven years, until the age of 41.

Between 1973 and 1979, he was capped 28 times by Wales and he even scored a try on his debut for the team. He took some real stick from the opposition during games, but he was a gutsy man, a real hard player and a great player too. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Virgil van Dijk is unwilling to commit his future to Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp's. Selected for the first test which the Lions lost, Windsor would thereafter lose out to Peter Wheeler. Mr Windsor is scathing but not personally rude about today's calibre of players especially the much disempowered scrummage.Having played at Brynglas and Cross Keys his job as a steelworker soon developed him into a strong and muscular player. The only requirement is you like big family Christmases as Mr Windsor has six children, 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Peter Jackson, a sports journalist since he left school in 1960, retired in 2009 as rugby correspondent of the Daily Mail after 35 years. A steelworker by trade, Windsor actually began his rugby union career as a back, playing at fullback and fly-half, but became famous as a hooker. He made three appearances in 1945–46 and with the war coming to an end Windsor had the opportunity to being to push for a first team place.

A steelworker by trade, The Duke was as fiery as the furnaces he used to tend, but also a larger-than-life figure off the field. Clive Rowlands said for him to come in and I sat him in the corner and gave him a glass of champagne. He played in all the tests on the tour of South Africa in 1974, and helped the Lions forwards dominate the Springboks. He was probably the best Hooker the international game has seen, and without doubt the very best that Britain has produced. Fellow team mates offer contributions that go some way to explaining why Windsor was such an unstoppable force in a team littered with quality players.Police arrest man, 23, after a bottle was thrown at Man United's team bus ahead of match against Liverpool. He took that skill and pace with him to the rugby field, scoring a try on his Wales debut against Australia in his breakthrough campaign, 1973-74. I would only bind on Charlie (Faulkner) and I’d keep my right arm loose in front of me to block the blows. Unsurprisingly, due to their prowess, Wales were only defeated four times when all three members of the ‘Viet Gwent’ played together on the international stage.

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