Magnificent Seven The Events Room

On the 27th January 1973, the All Blacks played the Barbarians at the National Stadium in Cardiff, South Wales.  Two minutes into the game, New Zealand winger Bryan Williams kicked the ball deep into the Barbarians 22, where it was collected by Phil Bennett.  Twenty-two seconds later and Gareth Edwards had dived over to score a try after an amazing fluid move.  This became widely known as “the greatest try ever scored”.  In May 2019, the seven players who combined to score the try took the stage at a rugby dinner organised by The Events Room at The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff.  The try started when Phil Bennett picked up the ball facing towards his own try line and then sidestepped two advancing All Blacks.  He passed to JPR Williams who took a high tackle around the neck before passing onto Englishman John Pullin.  Pullin gave the ball to John Dawes who ghosted past defenders before passing to Tom David on the half-way line.  David passed onto Derek Quinell who fed Gareth Edwards, advancing at top speed on his left shoulder, who sprinted and dived into the corner to score the memorable try.  Photographing these seven rugby legends was a real highlight of my photography career.

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