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Colin Charvis

Colin Charvis


Colin Charvis began his rugby career with London Welsh, and then moved to Swansea in 1995. His first cap for Wales was in 1996 against Australia: he went on to become captain, leading out the team 22 times. He currently plays for Newport Gwent Dragons.


Where do you come from?
I was born in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, but I grew up in Walsall. Now I live in Swansea.

Why do you want to learn Welsh?
I've made Wales my home country and I feel like an adopted Welshman. Wherever I am, I think of Wales as my home - even when I was playing in France I kept my house here. It would be great now to be able to speak the language.

Does anyone else in your family speak Welsh?
No, but I used to go on family holidays and school trips to Barmouth as a child so we always had links with Wales.

What's your favourite word in Welsh?
Bendigedig.

What's your favourite place in Wales?
Swansea - it ticks all the boxes for a great place to live. It has countryside, beaches, it's a stone's throw to the Gower and the people are friendly.

What are your hobbies?
Walking my dog and riding my motorbike. And I love doing DIY.


COLIN'S FIRST THOUGHTS ON THE BIG WELSH CHALLENGE




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