Gareth Llewellyn

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Gareth Llewellyn
Date of birth (1969-02-27) February 27, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 114 kg (17 st 13 lb)
School Bryntirion Comprehensive School
Notable relative(s) Glyn Llewellyn (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock, Flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)

1988-1996
1996-2000
2000-2003
2003-2004
2004
2004-2005
2005-2008
2008-2009
Llanharan
Neath
Harlequins
Neath
Ospreys
Swansea
Narbonne
Bristol
Tonmawr

116
100
60
6
2
22
52

(24)
(20)
(10)
(0)
(5)
(0)
(15)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1989–2004 Wales 92 (24)
Coaching career
Years Club / team
2008-2009
2009-
Tonmawr (Defence)
Thornbury
Rugby union career

Gareth Llewellyn was born (27 February 1969) in the former St. David's Hospital, Cardiff while his father was serving in Cardiff with the Army. He is a Wales international rugby union player who gained a record 92 caps for Wales as a lock. His record for Wales caps was surpassed by Gareth Thomas in May 2007 but Llewellyn remains Wales' most capped lock-forward. His brother, Glyn Llewellyn, also played international rugby union for Wales.

Rugby career[edit]

Llewellyn started his playing career at Llanharan RFC and then moved on to play first class rugby at Neath, Harlequins, Ospreys and Narbonne, and signed for Bristol Shoguns at the beginning of the 2005–06 season.

After excelling in the line-out for Neath in their match against the touring New Zealand All Blacks on 25 October 1989, he made his debut for Wales ten days later against the same opposition and went on to win a total of 92 caps, breaking the record of 87 held by Neil Jenkins in the test against Argentina on 12 June 2004.

He captained Wales on 7 occasions and appeared in three Rugby World Cups – 1995, 1999 and 2003. Indeed, such was his longevity that he achieved the notable feat of playing international rugby in three different decades and under eight different coaches. Following Wales' Grand Slam in the 2004–05 season, he announced his retirement from international rugby.

From the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Llewellyn combined playing with a coaching role at Welsh First Division club Tonmawr.[1] Since the 2009–10 season he is head coach at South West One West side Thornbury RFC working alongside Bristol's Darren Crompton and Rob Higgitt formerly of Bristol Rugby, the Scarlets and Worcester RFC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Llewellyn takes on Tonmawr task BBC Sport, 4 August 2008