|Date Of Birth
|Place Of Birth
||195cm / 6' 5"
||106kg / 16st 9lbs
Geoff Wheel was a fearsome competitor for the ball in mauls and due to his immense strength, was considered to be the most powerfull lock in the 5 Nations during his international career. Known as "The Gaffa" or less affectionately as "Geoff The Ripper", he won the first of his 32 Welsh caps v Ireland in 1974. His great skill in ripping the ball out of mauls secured a good supply of unlikely possession for the pack where he partnered Alan Martin in the second row. He holds the dubious distinction of being the first Welsh player to be sent off (along with Ireland's Willie Duggan) in 1977 and was selected for the British & Irish Lions in that same year, which tour he had to withdraw from on medical grounds, much to the detriment of the Lions' forwards. His last international was again v Ireland in 1982. In his career at Swansea he played 318 games from 1970-71 to 1982-83, scoring 24 tries and captaining them in 1979-80 and 1980-81. He also played for the Barbarians.
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