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Cardiff - Statue of Gareth Edwards

This statue of Gareth Edwards was unveiled in April 1982 and formed the centrepiece of St Davids Shopping Centre in Cardiff. The bronze figure standing on octagonal blocks of coloured marble was created by the Sussex sculptor Bonar Dunlop.

Gareth Edwards CBE is a former Welsh rugby union player who played scrum-half and has been described by the BBC as "arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey".

In 2003 a poll of international rugby players conducted by Rugby World magazine voted Edwards the greatest player of all time.

In 2007, former England rugby captain Will Carling published his list of the '50 Greatest Rugby Players' in The Telegraph, and ranked Edwards the greatest player ever, stating: "He was a supreme athlete with supreme skills, the complete package. He played in the 1970s but, if he played now, he would still be the best. He was outstanding at running, passing, kicking and reading the game. He sits astride the whole of rugby as the ultimate athlete on the pitch".

Edwards was prominent in the Welsh national team that was to the fore in European rugby in the 60s and 70s.

In the 2007 New Year Honours, Edwards was made a CBE for services to sport.

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Taken on December 20, 2012