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Suits you, boys... rugby favourites are picture perfect

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: October 24, 2012


AN arts project which has seen new portraits of 10 of Carmarthen's international rugby stars go on display in the town reaches a climax this week.

Tomorrow evening some of the players featured in the Big Player Exhibition will be taking part in a question and answer session at the Apollo Cinema.

The event will be hosted by local sports commentator Wyn Gruffydd and will feature a panel consisting of Roy Bergiers, Emyr Lewis and Dafydd Jones, with contributions from Alun Wyn Bevan and Peter Hughes Griffiths.

The exhibition was commissioned by the St Catherine's Walk Shopping Centre to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Llanelli's win over the All Blacks on October 31, 1972.

The players photographed were Delme Thomas, Roy Bergiers, Emyr Lewis, Mefin Davies, Ieuan Evans, Ken Owens and Victoria Owens, Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams, Jonathan Davies and Dafydd Jones.

By coming home to be photographed at their respective clubs, the players acknowledged the importance of their roots, with the town's Athletic and Quins clubs featuring prominently along with Whitland, Llandeilo, Nantgaredig, Newcastle Emlyn and Aberaeron.

Thursday's event will unashamedly revel in the memory of that famous 9-3 win 40 years ago and will celebrate the contribution of our local clubs to rugby worldwide.

Exhibition organisers said there had been a great response since the portraits went on show.

Arwyn Davies, director of Canta Marketing and Communication, said: "Not only are they impressed by the scale of the exhibition but seeing these successful sportsmen and woman together like this, makes them feel proud of their town and its role in nurturing such talent."

Photographer Ric Bower, who along with Paul Avis assembled the exhibition, is also pleased with the response.

He said: "It was important to us that the scale of the images, the smart suits, the compositions — which are often borrowed from 18th century portraiture — and most importantly, the fact they are taking their own picture, all act as cues to show how we honour these men and women in our community."

The exhibition has also attracted the attention of S4C's Prynhawn Da which has recently been filming in the unit.

A limited number of prints of each of the exhibition portraits will be available to purchase on Thursday.

The event is free, but admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available by phoning 0845 5481972

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