Glenn Webbe

Glenn Webbe

Glenn Webbe is a former rugby winger and the first black player to play for Wales in a World Cup campaign. He also made sporting history by becoming the first British man to score a hatrick at a World Cup tournament, one of them while suffering from concussion.

He fought his way through the ranks to a forge a career at Bridgend RFC, playing for 14 seasons and scoring nearly 300 tries in 404 matches. One of rugby union’s most colourful characters, Glenn Webbe was known for his humour and positivity.

During the 1980s, he was often the only black player on the pitch and was on the receiving end of racism and prejudice. His attitude towards the ignorance and racism was to face it with a humour and dignity which rendered the bigots powerless.

At an away match, when a home fan threw a banana at Glenn which landed at his feet, he picked it up, peeled it, took a bite and through it back into the crowd, receiving a positive response from the fans. Glenn recognised that when someone is trying to offend him the choice was his and he could decide whether to take offence or not.

In 2023, the BBC featured Glenn Webbe in their Legends of Welsh Sport series, telling the story of how Glenn rebelled against the status quo to make his mark. He became an icon and was loved by rugby fans for his loyalty to Bridgend and record-breaking number of tries.

In 1993, Glenn featured as a contender in the second series of the British television show Gladiators, in 2019 he published his first book and he is a popular speaker at events.

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