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Bobby Windsor - The Iron Duke: The Life and Times of a Working-Class Rugby Hero

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Windsor made his debut for Wales against Australia in Cardiff in 1973, a match Wales won by 24 points to nil with Windsor scoring a hooker's try, and took over from Jeff Young as first-choice hooker. On what it was like to be selected by the Lions for the first time, Windsor said: “I was the only player to be picked from Monmouthshire so I had plenty of pats on the back from all the boys in and around the valleys. He was probably the best Hooker the international game has seen, and without doubt the very best that Britain has produced. Selected for the first test which the Lions lost, Windsor would thereafter lose out to Peter Wheeler.

But he was nowhere near good enough and played for the reserves for two seasons before joining Lincoln City. In fact, the Pontypool quartet, which also included flanker Terry Cobner, was the largest contingent from a single club in the squad. Peter Jackson, a sports journalist since he left school in 1960, retired last summer as rugby correspondent of the Daily Mail after 35 years. A friend who does my life insurance policy rang to make plans for a routine medical and they found a speck of blood in my water.The Lions had notified me in writing asking if I would be available if selected and I obviously said yes.

The Lions would take the Boks so low in the scrum that Windsor would sometimes hook with his head before driving over them, there being no law then about keeping shoulders above the hips. It covers his career from the very beginning, through playing for Pontypool and Wales before becoming a legend for the Lions in South Africa in 1974.There were some crazy times off the field on that tour, but we trained like dogs and took the rugby really seriously. Bobby Windsor – The Iron Duke is the no-holds-barred, warts-and-all story of a working-class Welsh folk hero who rose from humble beginnings to become a permanent member of the greatest Lions team in the history of rugby union.

TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Virgil van Dijk is unwilling to commit his future to Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp's. Robert Windsor made his debut for Wales against Australia in 1973 at Cardiff, a match Wales won by 24 points to nil with Windsor scoring a hooker's try, and took over from Jeff Young as first-choice hooker.On the 1974 tour of South Africa, he helped the Lions forwards dominate the Springboks and played in each test.

He even displayed the unusual technique of hooking the ball in with his head, rather than his feet, during one match on the Tour! The father-of-six lost his first wife Judi to cancer in 1979 and it was his own battle against the disease which contributed to the end of his marriage to second wife Lynne. The police were about to launch the helicopter because they thought I was going to jump off the headland. NICKNAMED The Iron Duke for his uncompromising style of play, Mr Windsor was a key component in some of Wales’ greatest sides of the 1970s. Virgil van Dijk is unwilling to commit his future to Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp's exit, with just 18.If a Pooler winger had worn one in my day, Pross would have told us to forget about the opposition and get him instead! Over the next five-and-a-half years, he was to earn 28 successive Welsh caps and become a double Lion and double Grand Slammer. They rang the wife, told her what was happening and said, “We want you to come down here straight away because your husband’s not in a very good way at all”. It immortalizes Bobby Windsor at the height of his career when he was admired by fans across Wales and beyond. The days when Mike Burton was instructed to hit South Africa's Free State one-eyed lock, de Bruyn, to blunt his fearsome reputation .

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