A RHYL rugby legend has bid farewell to the club he has been involved with for more than 40 years.

Philip Blakoe started playing for Rhyl & District RFC around the age of 25, starting out as a tighthead prop before moving over to loosehead later on in his rugby career.

He played for Rhyl in some form for more than 40 years, plying his trade with the first team until he was 55.

The 67-year-old spent 18 years as a director of the club, last holding office in 2018, and was head coach of several of the club’s youth sides, winning the North Wales Cup on three occasions as well as dominating the league.

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He continued to play when needed, steadying the ship for Rhyl and other clubs in North Wales, including Llandudno, Rhos Wrexham, Bala and Flint.

In a tribute to Mr Blakoe on his retirement, Rhyl & District RFC said: “Rhyl say goodbye to a true rugby legend, Philip Blakoe.

“Phil has been involved in the club for over 40 years and has coached many age groups including the youth and seniors.

“He was the head coach of Rhyl’s most successful youth period where he won the North Wales Cup three years running.

“Phil then helped out in the seniors’ hour of need and steadied the ship.

“Phil has always answered the call from any team that has needed assistance. And I am sure that many of his former players have a funny story or two.

“From everyone at Rhyl, well done Phil and enjoy your retirement!”