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Rugby World Cup: Big day for postie and son Huw Bennett

Stephen Bennett meets a customer on his round
Image caption Stephen Bennett, father of rugby star Huw, takes some advice from a customer on his round

Postman Stephen Bennett has more reason than most to hope Wales can deliver good news in the World Cup semi-final.

His son Huw is the Welsh hooker and will be one of the starting 15 aiming to take the team through to a first World Cup final.

Mr Bennett, from Ebbw Vale, is swapping his postbag for a seat with thousands of others in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium for the game against France.

People on his delivery round have given messages of support to their postie.

'Quietly confident'

Mr Bennett, 55, has been inundated with good luck wishes from his customers for the contest in New Zealand.

"Everywhere I go, especially when I am out delivering mail, I am being stopped by people wishing the team well, especially Huw, and telling me how they will all be glued to the TV on Saturday morning," he said.

Image caption Huw Bennett made his Wales debut in 2003

He will be joining other parents of the Welsh team to watch the match on the big screen in the Millennium Stadium.

About 60,000 free tickets for the game have been allocated for fans watching the match on big screens at the Millennium Stadium.

Mr Bennett has seen his 28-year-old son through from schoolboy rugby days to play for the Ospreys and now the Wales national side.

He said of Saturday's showdown: "I am quietly confident."

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