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Welsh regions delight in Lions' success
ESPN Staff
July 8, 2013

Regional Rugby Wales (RRW), the umbrella body representing the Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons, has heaped praise on the victorious British & Irish Lions and the role played by the country's leading players.

The Lions claimed a first series victory for 16 years with a stunning 41-16 victory over Australia in Sydney on Saturday night. The Lions' named 10 Welshman in the starting line-up for the ANZ Stadium showdown with another named on the bench - the highest number since the first Test of the 1950 tour.

RRW chief executive Stuart Gallacher said: "With Welsh players making up the largest contingent for the Tour, it has been a great source of pride and enjoyment for all those who work in our game across grassroots rugby and our community and Premiership clubs, the four Welsh regions and the governing body.

"It has been inspiring for the many people who have watched our world-class players grow up in rugby from within the regions and worked with these players from a young age; equally it was great to see our players paying tribute to all those back home who have supported them in their early careers including the many volunteers who are the unsung heroes of our community game.

"There was plenty of debate about the Welsh dominance in the team for Saturday however, credit to all our players for holding fast regardless of the pressure and showing a strong and united team spirit with huge commitment and humility to honour the Lions shirt with such a convincing final win."

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