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Former Wales and Lions flyhalf Bennett dies aged 73

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Former Wales and Lions flyhalf Bennett dies aged 73

Phil Bennett was the Springboks’ chief tormentor during the 1974 series loss to the British and Irish Lions

Rohith Nair

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions flyhalf Phil Bennett has died aged 73, his former team Scarlets announced on Sunday, prompting an outpouring of grief for the one of the country’s most beloved sporting heroes.

Bennett guided Wales to two Five Nations Grand Slams in the 1970s and also played a key role in the Lions’ tour of SA in 1974, when he scored the most points as they went unbeaten in four Tests.

Having played 413 times for Llanelli, the club said he was “one of the all-time legends of the game and widely regarded as the greatest player to wear the Scarlets jersey”...

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