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Welsh Rugby Legend Barry John Passes Away at 79



Welsh Rugby Legend Barry John Passes Away At 79

Welsh rugby great Barry John, known as ‘The King’, has sadly passed away at the age of 79. The former Cardiff, Wales, and British and Irish Lions fly-half died peacefully at the University Hospital of Wales, surrounded by his loving wife and four children.

Barry John’s illustrious career saw him win 25 caps for Wales between 1966 and 1972, as well as playing in five Test matches for the Lions on their 1968 and 1971 tours. His performances in the historic 1971 series against the All Blacks earned him the nickname ‘The King’ by New Zealand journalists.

John was an integral part of Wales’ success during his time on the international stage, helping them secure three Five Nations titles, a Grand Slam, and two Triple Crowns. His partnership with scrum-half Gareth Edwards, both at Cardiff and with the Lions, is widely regarded as one of the greatest half-back combinations in rugby history.

Starting his club career at Llanelli, John later moved to Cardiff and formed a formidable partnership with Edwards that would go on to dominate rugby for years to come. He retired from the sport at the young age of 27.

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