Major Sir Tasker Watkins VC GBE PC QC DL

Given his immense courage on the battlefield, it is little wonder that, as president of the Welsh Rugby Union, Tasker Watkins was sometimes asked to address his nation’s players before a big international match. As he attempted to inspire them to victory on the rugby field, he would compare their chosen sport to warfare, since he stated that both required “a cool mind, discipline and self-sacrifice”.

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