Wales rugby great Barry John dies aged 79

Wales rugby great Barry John dies aged 79

Wales rugby great Barry John has died at the age of 79.

The former Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half died peacefully in hospital, his family announced.

A family statement read: “Barry John died peacefully today at the University Hospital of Wales surrounded by his loving wife and four children.

“He was a loving Dadcu to his 11 grandchildren and much-loved brother.”

John, who was nicknamed ‘The King’ by New Zealand journalists after he inspired the Lions’ famous 1971 Test series victory over the All Blacks, won 25 Wales caps between 1966 and 1972.

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After the news of his passing at the age of 79, we look back on an interview with rugby legend Barry John in which he and his Lions and Wales team-mates discuss his retirement from the game.

He also played in five Lions Tests on their 1968 and 1971 tours, before retiring from rugby at the age of 27.

John played his club rugby for Llanel

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