intentions.'
And with that the boy began his story:
'You see sir, when I look at the ace, it reminds me there is but one game, Rugby Football! And the ace also reminds me of Eddie Waring when he goes "Eh, eh, it's an up-and-under."
When I see the two It reminds me that there are two codes of Rugby... Rugby Union and * *!
When I see the trey, I think of the Viet Gwent - the Pontypool Front Row. Charlie Faulkner, Bobby Windsor and Graham Price.
When I see the four, it reminds me of the four Home Countries: Wales, Scotland, Ireland and ???????.
When I see the five, I think of the big five: three were wise and picked Dai - and two were foolish and picked Cobner!
When I see the six of course I think of Dai Morris.
When I see the seven, I think of the Snelling Sevens at the end of each season.
When I see the eight I think of the great Mervyn Davies, the greatest "number eight" in the world.
And of course when I see the nine I think of - Gareth Edwards? No, Dai Morris upside-down!
When I see the ten it reminds me of the years I worked in the Outside-half Factory, producing that self-same number ten.
When I see the jack, or the knave, or the devil I think
  of the Rugby League scouts.
When I see the queen I think of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who bestowed on the great Gareth Edwards the MBE. (Some people will do anything for tickets!)
When I see the king, it reminds me of the player they once called "the king" - Barry John.
When I count the number of spots on my deck of cards I find 365 - the number of points we've scored against England in the last couple of games at Cardiff!
There are 52 cards in a pack: the number of people who come and see Pontardulais on Saturdays!
There are four suits: the number of weeks in a month.
There are twelve picture cards: the number of times Wales have won the Triple Crown.
There are thirteen tricks : the number of times they'll have won it by this time next year!

So you see, sir, my pack of cards serves me not only as an almanac but as a Welsh Rugby Union handbook.
And friends, that story is true. I know, 'cos I was that boy!


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