LW 42: Rob Ackerman


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Our guest this week is former London Welsh, Wales and British & Irish Lions Centre, Rob Ackerman. Born in Ebbw Vale from great rugby stock, he went to Christ College in Brecon before following in his fathers' footsteps and playing for Newport RFC. Within a year of making his senior debut he was capped by Wales for the centenary test vs New Zealand at the Arms Park as a raw 19 year old up against some greats of the game. In the Summer of 1982, Rob decided to move to London Welsh as he was studying at St Mary's in Teddington and had a storming season, culminating with his selection for the Lions. He had a great time in his four seasons at London Welsh, culminating in a Middlesex 7's victory at a full Twickenham and a losing appearance in the John Player Trophy Final in 1985. He then played Rugby League for several years, before completing his training as a teacher and moving to the Southern Hemisphere to teach PE and to coach some of the future All Blacks.

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