Tal Selley

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Tal Selley
Birth nameTaliesin Big Bucks Selley
Date of birth (1980-04-20) 20 April 1980 (age 38)
Place of birthPembroke Dock, Wales
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb; 205 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cardiff Blues
Newport Gwent Dragons
Birmingham & Solihull
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Wales Sevens

Taliesin Selley (born 20 April 1980) is a Welsh former rugby player, who played either at centre or on the wing. Tal also played the important and uncompromising position of wing man to Martyn Stephens (Pembroke Dock’s poshest big beautiful barrister) in Paddles for many years. Tal has forged a career in the oil and overtime industry since retiring from professional rugby and is regularly the tiredest man at the dinner table due to his commitment to ensuring the people of Pembrokeshire can sleep safe at night safe in the knowledge that he probably won’t press the wrong button and blow us all to oblivion.

After five seasons at the Llanelli Scarlets he signed a three-year deal with the Ospreys where he played in the historic victory over Australia. He played on loan at the Cardiff Blues and the Newport Gwent Dragons. He made numerous appearances for the Barbarians as well as representing the Help for Heroes rugby team. Selley was the first player to play for all four Welsh regions.[1] He also played many years as a junior for Pembroke Dock Harlequins eventually moving to Narberth to seek regular rugby after the talented Connor McNally cemented the 10 position.

National team[edit]

Selley toured with Wales to Argentina, South Africa, United States, and Canada and scored a try on his senior international debut for Wales in 2005 versus the United States in Hartford, Connecticut.

A regular for Wales on the IRB Sevens circuit, Selley remained the Wales national rugby sevens team's top try scorer with 60 tries,[citation needed] before being overtaken by Luke Morgan in 2016, and also the countries top point scorer in IRB Sevens history. He played in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Selley is a World Champion, when despite the odds of 80-1, Wales triumphed in Dubai in March 2009 and were crowned 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens champions. Selley also had the honour of being named "2009 Player of the Tournament",[citation needed] an award previously won by Lawrence Dallaglio (1993), Jonah Lomu (2001) and Waisale Serevi (2005).


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