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There were 11 Welshmen in the victorious 1971 Lions Test side in New Zealand and six Welsh players in the victorious 1974 Lions Test side in South Africa.Other Welsh greats from this era were Phil Bennett, Geoff Wheel, Allan Martin, the Pontypool front row - Charlie Faulkner, Bobby Windsor and Graham Price - and Steve Fenwick.
The WRU have been the guardians of Wales's national sport since 1881.Welsh rugby had arrived as a major force in the world game.The Twenties and Thirties were harder times with less noticeable achievements.The 'Super Seventies' included Grand Slams in 1971, 19 and Triple Crowns in 1971, 1976, 1977, 19.Had the game in Ireland in 1972 not been cancelled, that otherwise undefeated campaign could have ended with another Grand Slam.The Maoris, the first touring team in the UK, had been beaten in 1888 and Dave Gallaher's otherwise all-conquering New Zealand 'All Blacks' were beaten 3-0 in 1905 thanks to a try by Teddy Morgan.
More than any other in the history of the game, that incredible match, the only fixture lost by the All Blacks, helped to turn rugby union into a game of global interest.
Thankfully, no points were awarded for goals or tries at that stage.
It wasn't until 1890, at the seventh attempt, that Wales achieved the 'Holy Grail' and finally beat England.
A group of 11 clubs - Swansea, Lampeter, Llandeilo, Cardiff, Newport, Llanelli, Merthyr, Llandovery, Brecon, Pontypool and Bangor - came together at the Castle Hotel, Neath on 12th March 1881, to form the Welsh Rugby Football Union.
It was a meeting that took place on the same day that Cardiff beat Llanelli in the fourth South Wales Challenge Cup Final in Neath.
It was 19 years after the success of 1952 before the sixth Grand Slam of 1971 heralded the dawn of the second 'Golden Era'.