As the Welsh Rugby Squad made final preparations to take on Ireland at the Principality Stadium later today, assistant coach, Shaun Edwards, took a break from the training ground yesterday to pop by the Cornerstone and talk about his faith, life, and naturally the looming Grand Slam decider.
120 people gathered on Friday 15th March as Shaun gave the second of six Lenten talks whilst they enjoyed a Lenten lunch of soup and a bread roll. The Lenten lunches raise money for a charitable cause, which this year is going towards the Diocesan Refugee Project, aiding those who come to Wales seeking a better life away from war and persecution. In the midst of the build up to the Grand Slam game, Shaun said he welcomed the opportunity to come and support the work of the Church in this and other areas of social need and deprivation.
Humility and honesty were the hallmarks of the Q&A session which was ably chaired by the Diocesan Rugby Pundit, Canon Michael Evans. Questions ranged from his personal outlook on life, on faith and on the challenges of being at the top level of professional sport. Most telling of all, perhaps, when asked did he pray for victory, he said his prayer was always to play fairly and well – and to avoid injury. It was a pleasure and a blessing to spend a thought provoking and stimulating lunch with an extraordinary man.
The Irish ties of the Diocese laid aside (sorry Archbishop George), we also pray for a fair and good game with little to no injuries, and we pray for a ‘Grand Slam’!
Pob lwc i Gymru