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A Knight to Remember

(Written by Dave Edwards – former Deputy editor of the Rhondda Leader)

A FORMER Wales rugby player who has been battling Multiple Sclerosis for more than 20 years is being honoured by Pontypridd RFC.

An evening called “A Knight to Remember” is being organised by valley fundraiser Bob Harris and is being held at the Sardis Road clubhouse on Friday May 12.

It will be a sentimental rugby journey for former prop forward Paul Knight who wore the Ponty colours with pride in the early 1990s.

Trealaw born Paul, who’s 57,  enjoyed a successful rugby career playing at prop forward for Pontypridd, Aberavon and Treorchy was capped five times for Wales and also played for the Barbarians.

In 1995 Paul’s life took a different direction when he was told that he was in the early stages of Multiple Sclerosis and down the years he has being battling the illness with the same spirit and determination he showed on a rugby field.

The married father of one, who is confined to a wheelchair at his adapted home in Treorchy, can look back on a successful rugby career packing down in the front row.

The evening will include celebrities and the entertainment is being provided by popular Ferndale born comedian Phil Howe.

There will also be a first class buffet on what promises to be very much “A Knight to Remember”.

For more information and ticket enquiries contact Bob Harris on 07974435955.

Above, Paul is pictured in his playing days and with former Pontypridd and Wales rugby player Tom David at Rookwood hospital.