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Ray Gravell
Wales
Full name Raymond William Robert Gravell
Born September 12, 1951, Kidwelly
Died October 31, 2007, Majorca (aged 56 years 49 days)
Major teams Barbarians, British and Irish Lions, Wales, Wales XV
Position Centre

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop GfM Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1975-1982 27 26 1 8 2 0 0 0 0 17 10 0 62.96
Wales 1975-1982 23 23 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 16 7 0 69.56
British and Irish Lions 1980-1980 4 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 25.00
Five/Six Nations 1975-1982 19 19 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 15 4 0 78.94

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Test debut France v Wales at Parc des Princes, Jan 18, 1975 match details
Last Test Wales v Scotland at Cardiff, Mar 20, 1982 match details
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Gravell made his debut for Wales against France in 1975, three years after helping Llanelli to their famous win over New Zealand.

He made 23 appearances for Wales, winning Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978, and played all four Tests on the Lions' tour of South Africa in 1980.

After retiring as a player in 1985, Gravell became president of Llanelli RFC and the Llanelli Scarlets. He forged a career as an actor and a respected rugby broadcaster, for S4C and the BBC.

A crowd of up to 10,000 turned out to say farewell in a final service which was akin to a state funeral. Stradey Park, the scene of many of his most memorable sporting moments, played host one final time to its most famous former son.

The home of the Llanelli Scarlets was the fitting backdrop for an hour-long memorial service witnessed by thousands more across Wales on television.

Gravell's death aged just 56 while on a family holiday in Spain followed surgery earlier the same year when part of his leg was amputated after complications with diabetes.

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Jul 12, 1980
Ray Gravell attacks the Springbok defence
Ray Gravell attacks the Springbok defence
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