Affectionately known as ‘Grav’, Raymond William Robert 'Ray' Gravell was born in Kidwelly. He played club rugby for Llanelli RFC (The Scarlets) and was part of the team that beat the All Blacks in Stradey Park on 31st October 1972. He played at international level, earning 23 caps for Wales, and was selected for the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa. But Grav’s talents didn’t end with rugby. He later became a well-respected English and Welsh language broadcaster and actor. His most notable film role was probably alongside Peter O’Toole in the film 'Rebecca’s Daughters'. He was also an active supporter of the National Eisteddfod, and held the ceremonial position of Grand Sword Bearer.
He died in 2007, exactly 35 years to the day after the Scarlets won their famous victory over New Zealand. His death was mourned by people throughout Wales and beyond, but his legacy lives on through his family and through the Ray Gravell Charitable Trust. As historian Hywel Teifi Edwards wrote, ‘Stories will be told about him with gusto in years to come by people who never met him, and I'm quite convinced that stories were fashioned with Grav in mind centuries ago’.
Where to Visit?
Pay your respects at the Ray Gravell memorial, Mynydd y Garreg, Carmarthenshire
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli -scene of that heroic rugby triumph
Mynydd Y Garreg
12 September 1951
31 October 2007