Welsh rugby player's watch bought by village

First published: 21-10-2009

An entire village got together to raise money in order to buy a watch presented to the first rugby player from the area to be capped for Wales.

For £820, the residents of Senghenydd, Caerphilly, secured the gold watch and chain awarded to Llew Jenkins in 1923, with the conurbation's history team tracking it down to a hotel on the English border, reports the BBC.

Gill Jones, a representative of the Aber Valley Heritage Group, travelled up to Chester for the sale and could not contain her happiness with the deal.

She said of the purchase: "We're extremely thrilled to have got the watch to take back to the Aber Valley. It's gone full circle and now it will be on show at the heritage centre for people to have a look at it."

The Welsh Rugby Union revealed today that halfback Mike Phillips would be out of the national team for the next three months after the Ospreys player damaged his knee in a game against Clermont Auvergne on Sunday, making him unlikely to play in February's Six Nations.

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