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Welsh sporting greats honoured after having train named after them

Sir Gareth named his end of the train in Cardiff Central on Wednesday and said he couldn't quite believe it. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards and football star John Charles have given their names to a new train.

Great Western Railway has named each end of its number nine intercity express after the rugby captain and footballer.

Sir Gareth named his end of the train in Cardiff Central on Wednesday and said he couldn't quite believe it.

"We grew up in the age of the trains of course. We used to go on school trips on the old steam trains and that was a thrill in itself. If somebody had said to me - in the future there'll be a train named after you I would have said no, you're dreaming."

This year marks 45 years since Edwards scored this famous try for the Barbarians against New Zealand.

This year marks 45 years since Edwards scored this famous try for the Barbarians against New Zealand. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

John Charles' widow was also on board the train. She said: "Now after all this time he's still so well loved and so well known. And it will just carry on because this train will go on for years and years and years."

People like the Queen and Paddington bear author Michael Bond also made the cut.

Watch Hannah Gamlin's report.