Inspirational rugby coach named in Welsh Sports Hall of Fame

February 1, 2023

Rugby legend, Mr John Bevan, speaks to BBC Wales Sport for the documentary, Slammed – The Seventies.

A popular and inspirational rugby coach at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools has been honoured by the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.
Wales and British and Irish Lions legend, Mr John Bevan, was added to the Roll of Honour at the end of a lunch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Barbarians beating New Zealand in 1973.
Mr Bevan scored a try as the Baa-Baas beat the All Blacks in the famous match that saw one of the greatest ever tries, scored by Welshman Gareth Edwards. The Baa-Baas won 23-11.
Mr Bevan, who coaches rugby at Monmouth School for Boys, was joined by Derek Quinnell, Tommy David, Delme Thomas and John Taylor at the International Conference Centre, at the Celtic Manor Resort last week.
The five players united to celebrate ‘The Greatest Try’ and turned back the years as an audience of 1,200 people packed in for an afternoon of nostalgia.
Always a wonderful ambassador for Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, Mr Bevan was present the following morning to watch the inaugural Monmouth Prep School Under-10s Rugby Tournament.
Last August (pictured above), a crew from BBC Wales visited Monmouth School for Boys to speak to Mr Bevan about his remarkable Wales and British and Irish Lions experiences.
Producer Craig Withycombe interviewed Mr Bevan who is featured briefly in the rugby documentary, Slammed – The Seventies, which is currently being aired on BBC Wales.