How do you see your heroes?

British Lions, Wales and Pontypool rugby great Graham Price (pictured right) has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The 55-year-old former prop was one third of the feared Pontypool and Wales front row (pictured below) with Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner, nicknamed the ‘Viet Gwent’.
He played in the Welsh team which won the 1978 Grand Slam and went on to win 41 Wales caps, adding 12 successive Lions Test appearances on the 1977, 1980 and 1983 tours.
In 2002 the Welsh public voted him into the greatest Wales team of all time.

Every time I see him I am reminded of a lovely moment from the days when Graham was the most feared prop in world rugby.
I went into Gregory’s shoe shop in Pontnewynydd just as Graham Price was paying and leaving. As he went out the conversation between the two elderly staff members went something like this:

“That was Graham Price you know.”

“Yes ……………. lovely hair.”
“Aye …………….. terrible skin, mind.”
Suddenly I am reminded that God has no favourites, not even rugby heroes.

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