Support our Nation today - please donate here

Rugby legend Phil Bennett ‘unwell and being cared for by his family’

06 May 2022 2 minute read
Phil Bennett at the unveiling of a sculpture honouring him in his home village of Felinfoel. Photo via Twitter
The Welsh region issued a short statement with an update on the 73-year-old former fly-half, who made a total of 37 Test appearances between 1969 and 1978, including eight Lions caps.

“Our president Phil Bennett is unwell and being cared for by his family,” the statement said.

“Phil is battling like the true Scarlet he’s always been and our thoughts and prayers are with him. We would ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”

Bennett won 29 caps for Wales between 1969 and 1978, featuring in two Five Nations Grand Slam-winning teams.

In the second of those, in 1978, he scored two tries as Wales completed their clean sweep of victories by beating France in Cardiff.

Bennett played club rugby for 16 seasons at Llanelli RFC.

He also played 20 times for the Barbarians, including the famous game against the All Blacks in January 1973.

In that game he was the catalyst for the Gareth Edwards’ try early in the game that is still regarded as one of the finest ever scored.

Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 years ago

Hope Phil Bennet has a speedy recovery. One of the greatest players ever to grace a rugby field.

Peter phillips
Peter phillips
2 years ago

Who will ever forget that famous side-step practiced by Llanelli and Wales’ best. All our thoughts are with Phil and his family.

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.