Statue Of Benny Unveiled

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The Scarlets have unveiled a statue of one of their best players. 

The life-size wooden piece of artwork by Phil Bennett was shown in Felinfoel. In a social media post, the region wrote: “An honour to be at the unveiling of the sculpture of our president Phil Bennett in his home village of Felinfoel.” 

Jonathan Davies was seen shaking hands with Benny in front of the sculpture. Jonathan’ Jiffy’ Davies led the tributes to the former fly-half, writing on Twitter: “What a player, lovely gentleman. I had the privilege of knowing him for over 40 years.” 

Ex-Wales centre-turned-pundit Tom Shanklin added: “Great bloke. Should be carved out of gold,” while former international referee Nigel Owens wrote “Y gore” – “the best.” Felinfoel club secretary Clive Richards, the brainchild behind the statue, told the BBC: “He has lived in the village his whole life, he epitomizes the whole village, and he would do anything for the village. So we wanted to show him, as a community, what we think of him. He said a few words, but I think he was quite emotional. But he wanted it to be known that he played a few games for Felinfoel.” 

Bennett, 73, won 29 caps for Wales and eight for the British Lions in a glittering career.

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