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Phil Bennett Cause of death: What happened?

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Phil Bennett was a fly-half who played for Llanelli, Wales and the British Lions before retiring from rugby at the end of the 1970s. Phil Bennett won 29 caps for Wales and played in all four Tests on the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 1974.

His final Test, like his first, came against France, in 1978. He succeeded Mervyn Davies as the Wales captain in 1977 but it was not all plain sailing.

Bennett is remembered for his passionate pre-game speech to his Welsh team before the game with England in Cardiff in 1977.

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Now it seems at odds with the affable, reserved man he was. He was an even-handed and no-holds barred critic of the way the game was run in Wales.

Phil Bennett Cause of death

Bennett is survived by Patricia and their two sons, Steven and James. Millions of people are turning to the Guardian for open, independent, quality news every day. We have no shareholders or billionaire owner, meaning our journalism is free from commercial and political influence.