WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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The golden age of Welsh rugby produced many flamboyant stars but also some solid, dependable ones, into which category Steve Fenwick falls. After a fine debut at Parc des Princes in 1975 - he scored a try, a conversion and a drop goal as Wales achieved a record 25-10 victory in Paris - the Bridgend centre went on to win 30 caps, a Welsh record for the position until last year.

Fenwick faced England seven times, losing only at Twickenham in 1980. He toured with the Lions in 1977 and twice won the Welsh Cup with Bridgend, dislocating a shoulder in the 1978 final but still being named man of the match for his 15 first-half points.

Away from rugby, Fenwick enjoyed success as a businessman. He quit teaching in 1977 to join Tom David, a fellow Welsh international, in forming Triple Crown Chemicals, an industrial supply company. The company has since been sold and is now part of the giant Repsol group.

Today, Fenwick, 44 and married with two children, is chief executive of his former Bridgend club. It is a position unimaginable when he joined Cardiff's Blue Dragon rugby league team in 1981, which at the time barred him from returning to union.

"I enjoyed rugby league and when I packed in playing I did not really miss being involved," he said. "But Bridgend asked me to help when they were going through a sticky patch, and when they restructured two years ago I was appointed chief executive. The arrival of professionalism has created one or two inevitable headaches, but I'm enjoying the challenge."

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