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Rhino is very proud to be supporting the memorial game being played tonight at Cardiff Arms Park between the Welsh Medicals and the Welsh Academicals in honour of the legendary Dr Jack Matthews who died last year aged 92. The match is also being supported by Jamie Roberts who in addition to recently qualifying as a doctor has also emulated Jack in playing for Cardiff, Wales and the Lions and being a Grand Slam winner. Rhino marked the Lions link by supplying the same match balls for the memorial game which will be used in the opening Lions tour match on June 1st against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. Jamie has this to say about one of the hardest tackling centres ever to play the game - a man tough enough not only to win 17 caps for Wales, including a Grand Slam in 1950 and play all 6 Tests on the 1950 Lions Tour, but also to fight 4 exhibition rounds with Rocky Marciano:
"For me, Dr Jack is the ultimate role model for what he achieved as a Lion, doctor and soldier. If I emulate anything near what he achieved in his life then I’ll be a very happy man. He was a very special person whom I was privileged to meet on a few occasions. I attended his funeral service and the tributes paid to him there made you realise what a legend he was. We all know about how tough a tackler he was, how he made so many tries for his great pal Bleddyn Williams and how good a player he must have been to win a Grand Slam with Wales and play in all six Tests on the 1950 Lions tour, but that is only half the story. He was a doctor for decades and he did a wonderful job in that role as well - the ultimate doctor, ultimate rugby player and even the ultimate boxer!"

Jack Matthews


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