13 October 2011
Rob gathering his signatures
Andrew Gibbs served in the RAF for 26 years and recently embarked on an amazing project to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.
Andrew has spent over 18 months meeting with past and present legendary Wales players who have played at 9 and 10, asking them to put their signatures to two rugby shirts - one containing all the 9s and the other all the 10s.
Former-player Cliff Morgan also donated a book written by Paul Verdon, Legends Of World Rugby, containing the worlds great players from the amateur era. It is number 93 of a limited number of 530 copies produced. It has 75 original signatures of greats, from Hugo Porta of Argentina to JPR Williams.
You can take part in a raffle to win one these three unique items. Tickets are £2.50 each with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.
The raffle has been extended to run until Saturday 22nd October, with the winners announced that day.
Andrew explains how the idea came about, 'The idea came from a conversation with a work colleague while fund raising for Help for Heroes in Swansea. The first 10 to sign was Paul Turner, Newport Gwent Dragons coach. I emailed the Dragons and explained what I was doing and they invited me down to see Paul. The day was a bit rushed as he was about to leave for their game against Edinburgh, but he signed and we were off.
'The first 9 was Gerald Williams. I had seen Gerald on TV the week before I met him. He was pointed out by a police officer who was in his lab on one of the police camera action programs. So, I phoned South Wales Police HQ in Bridgend and asked to be put through to Mr Williams, and they did!
'I met Gerald a few days later and he signed. While there, Gerald gave me Rob Howley’s number but I didn’t have the courage to ‘cold call’ him, however I did meet him later. That’s how it all started!'
The full list of signatures is as follows:
9: Onllwyn Brace, Lloyd Williams, Clive Rowlands, Gareth Edwards, Terry Homes, Brynmore Williams, Andy Moor, Gerald Williams, Chris Bridges, Robert Jones, Rupert Moon, Rob Howley, Dwayne Peel, Gareth Cooper, Mike Phillips, Martin Roberts, Richie Rees.
10: Cliff Morgan, David Watkins, Barry John, Phil Bennett, Gareth Davies, Paul Turner, Bleddyn Bowen, Jonathan Davies, Lee Jarvis, Arwel Thomas, Neil Jenkins, Stephen Jones, Nicky Robinson, James Hook,
Each shirt winner will also receive a photo album with pictures of the players at the signing of the shirts.
Buy your raffle ticket online now.
Find out more
If you'd like to find out more about this fantastic competition, please contact Macmillan's Kathryn Morgan on 07834 191 231.