Thursday 26 April 2018

Kate Rowan: The thin sporting thread that links Spurs sensation Gareth Bale with Wales captain Sam Warburton

GO BACK the guts of a decade to Whitchurch High School in Cardiff. Their football team is pretty impressive. There is one young lad on the team who is streets ahead of his teammates and opposition. He has such a good left foot that the coach makes him play with the right foot in school games to level the playing field.

This kid is already involved in the Southampton academy and it is only a matter of time before he gives up his books to become professional. However, he isn’t the only promising player on his school team. A bigger, burlier boy has sparked the interest of hometown club Cardiff City and has had a couple of trials but he is starting to focus on rugby.

Fast forward to today and this pair are two of Wales’ most recognisable sportsmen. The player with the deadly left foot departed school after sitting his GCSEs and went on to play for the Saints before being picked up by Tottenham Hotspur. As a mark of his importance to his side, he was the player Manchester United chose to target in the clubs’ one-all draw last weekend. This is of course Gareth Bale.

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