Glyn Erasmus, The Erasmo, The Legend known to many in Plaid Cymru as a person, you either start a conversation with about Welsh politics, or fine whiskey.
Glyn was a man not to suffer fools, was eager to teach the new generation of activists, and keen to get to the brass tax of things. The man that taught me many things about the world of Welsh politics, sadly passed away last month.
Some of my fondest memories of Glyn are of times at conference, national council and nights out leafletting and canvassing for several elections. He was a man that was fierce in his belief of Plaid Cymru, avoiding houses with dogs, and the first one at the door if he ever saw a cat. There is not much i can say about Glyn’s passing that would do him justice, but, As Steffan Lewis said; “Wales has lost a giant” and I can think of no more noble description of this great man.
Once every 4 years, the world comes together, to celebrate this beautiful game of rugby. Countries standing together that echo their passion through the entire world to bring us to become a World in Union.
There has been so much good rugby through this first week of the championship, a fitting opening ceremony for the hosts, Japan beating a previous cup winner, Georgia beating Tonga, the list goes on. But as tomorrow draws nearer, the excitement has started to set in, people from all over the world will gather around televisions, big screens, and the lucky few…the match live at Twickenham.
The clash of titans that is happening tomorrow is an unrivalled one, where adversaries face each other, in one of the most anticipated battles in a long while. 15 men, 2 countries, 30 herculean sportsmen. I cannot predict the score, but one thing I can predict, it will be a phenomenal game of 2 awesome rugby teams.
Sons of the north, of the south, my Welsh brothers,
I see in your eyes the same excitement that has taken the heart of me
A day may come when the game of rugby falls into bad discipline,
an hour of offside where courage is shattered and the game comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight!
By all that you hold dear from this green green grass,
I BID YOU STAND, AS MEN OF WALES!