Geoffrey Thomas Beckingham hooked for Cardiff and made appearances for Wales against England and Scotland in 1953 and France in 1958. He was a quiet, unobtrusive player, he starred in Cardiff's 8-3 victory over the 1953 All Blacks, helping save the game in the final moments as he stole the heel against the head on three occasions for fly half Cliff Morgan to kick to safety.
'Becky' was born in Barry on July 29, 1924, where he worked as a gardener for the local council, before becoming a playing fields supervisor for the Ogwr Borough Council. He had attended Romilly School in Barry and played a few games for Dinas Powys, before playing over 300 times for Cardiff.
He hardly ever wore a tie and at a function after Cardiff had defeated the Romanian national side, he slipped outside to give his opposite number advice on how to hook. After retiring from the top-class scene, he coached for a short while at Penarth and then with Barry Plastics RFC.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.