It was over 50 years ago that Tom Lloyd Ellis, Jack Evans and Bev Thomas took the field wearing the gold and black colours of North Wales. On Friday, 17th April, at the Imperial Hotel, Llandudno, they were able to celebrate their achievements, for the first time, at a unique players reunion dinner.
Over the past 2 months Rygbi Gogledd Cymru CIC, the Cooperative established to take the regional team to the Premiership, has assembled a list of over 600 players who have represented North Wales. Three hundred and fifty of these have been traced and on Friday over 60 were present at the dinner.
The guest of honour was Robin McBryde but British Lions Geoff Evans and Mike Roberts were also there as were Internationals Tony Gray and Ian Buckett.
It promised to be a night to remember. There were clips of North Wales v Tonga and North Wales v Western Samoa, programmes, memorabilia and press clippings were shown, there were live links with Australia and Robin McBryde ended the evening with a forthright and challenging speech.
"Much has been achieved," commented McBryde "But it is commitment which will see this through. By commitment I mean the ability to keep doing the things that need to be done long after the enthusiasm has disappeared. North Wales has the opportunity to be innovative and to do something different and it needs to decided exactly what sort of region it will be"
Addressing the players, Kenton Morgan, Rygbi Gogledd Cymru CIC, Chair said, "It your effort and your achievements that have kept the torch of North Wales rugby burning. We are proud of you and we want to celebrate and reward your achievements."