This evening at Colombes, we are honoured to welcome one of the great figures of Welsh rugby, the President of the Scarlets, Phil Bennett. (Gareth Edwards on the left, Phil Bennett on the right; credit photo : Zapsportz.com)
A former international fly-half, Phil Bennett is one of the living legends of Welsh rugby. Renowned for his kicking game and his devastating side-step, over a 16 year career he played more than 400 games for the Scarlets, as well as winning 37 international caps from 1969 to 1978.
Having beaten the All Blacks with Llanelli in 1972, he cemented his place in rugby history in the famous Barbarians game against New Zealand in 1973. Triggering a counter-attack with three side-steps under his own posts, he set off a 95 metre movement which finished with Gareth Edwards' try, generally considered the greatest try in the history of world rugby.
As history would have it, it was in Colombes that Bennett, who would go on to captain both Wales and the British and Irish Lions, won his first international cap, against France in 1969.
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