Graham Price MBE is a Welsh rugby legend.
Graham earned his first of 41 caps for Wales in 1975, against France scoring a try recently voted the 4th best try ever scored by a welsh player.
Graham formed part of the legendary ‘Pontypool Front Row’ with his colleagues Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner, or ‘The Viet Gwent’ as Max Boyce dubbed them.
He went on to play in 2 Grand Slams and won 4 consecutive Triple Crowns.
Graham Price played 12 Tests for the British Lions in New Zealand and South Africa, making him the most capped Welsh player in Lions history. He occupies 3rd place in the all-time list behind Willie-John McBride and Dickie Jeeps. It is also the record for a Lions prop.
At various times, Gareth Edwards has chosen Graham in his ‘Greatest British Lions Team’ and his ‘Dream Team’ of the best players he has played with or against. In fact, in the run up to the 2009 Lions tour, readers of Telegraph Sport and rugby fans at a series of HSBC Lions Legends functions around Britain and Ireland, voted for Graham to be selected as a member of HSBC Lions Legends XV.
That other great Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies has said of Graham,
“In my mind Graham Price was the best prop the world has ever seen. He was the best scrummager I have seen but was also extremely mobile and contributed to open play. He was the cornerstone of a formidable Welsh pack in the 1970’s.”
He was chosen by Bill McLaren and Fran Cotton as a member of their respective ‘Greatest Ever World XV’s’ and in 2013 he was inducted into The International Rugby Hall of Fame by being selected as a member of their ‘Best Team of All Time‘.
In 2005 Graham was inducted into the Welsh Rugby Former International Player’s ‘Hall of Fame’ with his Pontypool Front Row colleagues Charlie Faulkner and Bobby Windsor.
In 2007 Graham was awarded the MBE for Services to Rugby.
Graham is currently Welsh Ambassador for LV= SOSKITAID, an organisation that helps financially disadvantaged youngsters in the poorer emerging nations play Rugby by providing them with unwanted kit collected in the UK.
Graham is involved in various media activities including being a columnist in the Wales on Sunday for over 25 years and his autobiography – ‘Price of Wales’ was published in 1984.
Recently, Graham made a cameo appearance in an episode of the television comedy ‘Stella’.
Graham is a very fine after dinner speaker with a great sense of humour. His speeches are laced with hilarious stories, well timed jokes and of course anecdotes from his international and club playing days.
He is equally at ease speaking at large corporate dinners, hospitality lunches, international rugby weekends or small club events.