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Dennis Gethin was elected by his peers to become the new President of the Welsh Rugby Union on Saturday.

He will take up the highest chain of office in Welsh Sport when Glanmor Griffiths steps down from the Presidency at the WRU’s Annual General Meeting on October 28.

211 clubs voted with 123 votes for Mr Gethin and 88 votes for fromer Welsh and Lions international JPR Williams.

Gethin was Secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union for five years from March 1998 to December 2002.

Now aged 63, he became a Welsh Secondary Schools International in 1963 and won two rugby Blues at Cambridge in 1965 and 1966.

He played his club rugby as a full-back for Seven Sisters, Swansea, Neath, Cardiff and Glamorgan Wanderers.

After his retirement from the game he became Secretary, and later Chairman, of the Welsh Academicals, and is now a Life Vice President of the club.

He is a qualified solicitor and during his career moved from private practice to local government where he rose to become Chief Executive of Taff Ely Borough Council from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. He is currently a member of the Audience Council for the BBC in Wales.

“I have been closely involved with Welsh rugby as a player, an administrator and a passionate fan so I am delighted to have been elected President,” said Gethin.

“The Presidency is the ultimate honour in Welsh rugby and I look forward with enthusiasm and pride to taking up the role.

“I am determined to use my time in this major ambassadorial role to spread the word far and wide about this great sport of ours and its important place in the hearts and minds of the people of Wales.

“I have enormous respect for JPR Williams and I wish Glanmor Griffiths all the very best for the future following his tenure as President. I would also like to thank everyone who voted for me and I would like to express my particular thanks and wishes of respect to Sir Tasker Watkins and the late Keith Rowlands.”


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