Welsh World Cup greats: Where are they now?

With the World Cup in Japan underway, we take a look at some of the key players from tournaments gone by - and what they're up to now.

  • Colin Charvis

A former Wales captain, Colin won 94 caps for his country and once held the world record for the most tries scored by a forward.

He made his World Cup debut in 1999, scoring a try in the tournament’s opening match between Wales and Argentina, before leading his country to Australia in 2003. He also featured in the 2007 campaign, which saw Wales exit the tournament in the pool stages.

Charvis won 94 caps for Wales Credit: PA Images

Since retiring from the game, the former Newcastle and Dragons back row has maintained his high profile, setting up carpet shop in Swansea. He has also made various television appearances, including a cameo role as himself in TV comedy ‘Stella.’

  • Garin Jenkins

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Garin Jenkins appeared in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 editions of the World Cup on his way to becoming Wales’ most capped hooker - a mantle since taken by Matthew Rees and then Ken Owens.

A former Swansea captain, Jenkins was famously the last miner to play for Wales with his career having started before the game went professional in 1995.

Peter Rogers, Garin Jenkins, Chris Wyatt and Brett Sinkinson celebrate Wales' victory over South Africa, in the first rugby union International to be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Credit: PA Images

In 1998, Garin climbed into the crowd at Cardiff Arms Park after his father suffered a heart attack while watching him play. The next year, he was the subject of one of the most infamous photos in World Cup history, when an Argentina player was captured with his finger in Jenkins’ eye-socket.

Nowadays, Garin works at the British Oxygen Gas and Gear Shop in Margam. A committed Christian, he is known for his motivational speaking, and says the greatest coach he ever had was Jesus Christ.

  • Scott Quinnell

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Dual code international Scott appeared at the 1999 World Cup, helping Wales to the quarter final of the tournament.

A former Wales captain and two-time British & Irish Lion, he retired from the game in 2005.

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Since then, he has become known for his appearances on TV. He also runs candle-selling company ‘Quinnell Candles’ alongside wife Nicola from their home in Monmouthshire.

  • Brent Cockbain

Brent was part of the Wales squad that reached the quarter final of the 2003 World Cup Credit: PA Archive

Australian by birth, and the brother of Wallaby international Matt Cockbain, Brent qualified for Wales on residency after spending three seasons with Pontypridd.

He was part of the Wales squad that reached the quarter final of the 2003 World Cup, before going on to be part of Mike Ruddock’s Grand Slam winning side two years later.

Wales's Brent Cockbain during their Rugby Union World Cup pool match at The Telstra Dome, Melbourne Credit: PA Images

In 2004, Cockbain and his then wife, Kate, set up the Toby Lloyd Cockbain Foundation following the death of their one-year-old son.

The former Ospreys lock is living back in his native Australia, where he works as a truck driver at an opencast mine.

  • Scott Gibbs

Wales ' Scott Gibbs is tackled by the Japan defence during the Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Credit: PA Images

Scott Gibbs was a key part of the 1999 World Cup team, but is most famous for scoring the match-winning try against England at Wembley earlier that year.

Renowned for his hard tackling style - an approach which saw him nicknamed ‘car crash’ - he also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, and represented Wales at Rugby League.

Welshman Scott Gibbs scores a try against South Africa during their Rugby Union Test Match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Since retiring from the game, the former Ospreys captain has lived in South Africa and Italy. Earlier this year, he told a newspaper of his plan to help write a book on brain injuries, after his wife Kate was struck and injured by a scooter in the Italian city of Verona.

  • Dominic Day

Day has played for Wales at under-19, under-21 and at senior levels. In 2015, he was named in Wales' training squad for the World Cup later in the year and made his international debut against Ireland later that year.

Day also signed a contract with Japanese club Toyota Verblitz and played for the Melbourne Rebels for one season. He later signed to play for the Saracens.

He is the co-founder of a CBD company Four Five CBD which is a business he set up with Saracens teammate George Kruis.

He also recently married Irish model and actress Nadia Forde in a ceremony in Italy.

  • The Moriarty's

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Paul Moriarty and Richard Moriarty were the first set of brothers to play for Wales at a Rugby World Cup.

The Moriarty's also have another claim to fame; they were part of the squad that finished third in 1987, Wales’ highest tournament finish to date.

Richard, Wales' captain for that tournament, and his younger brother both played for Swansea, while Paul went on to enjoy a successful career in rugby league.

In 2019, the family link with rugby’s biggest tournament looks set to continue, with Paul’s son Ross selected in Warren Gatland’s squad for Japan.

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