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4,000 attend charity rugby match for Eifion Gwynne

Eifion Gwynne Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Mr Gwynne's family said their "world was shattered" when they learned of his death

Former Wales rugby stars have played in a charity match in Ceredigion in memory of a former player who died in Spain.

Father-of-three Eifion Gwynne, 41, an electrician who played rugby for Aberystwyth and Llandovery, died in October after a crash in Malaga.

About 4,000 spectators watched the game at Aberystwyth RFC, which featured the likes of Colin Charvis, Dafydd Jones and Garan Evans.

All the proceeds went to the Eifion Gwynne Memorial Fund.

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Media captionNia Gwynne said it was a "day to remember" her late husband
Image caption In what was a very physical contest, the Wales XV emerged 55-45 winners

The game saw a Wales XV -made up of ex-internationals, Wales sevens and regional players take on an Eifion Gwynne XV - made up of Aberystwyth and Llandovery players.

Speaking after the game, Mr Gwynne's wife Nia said it was a day of mixed emotions.

"There's a huge void in our life without Eifion, he was a huge family man," she said.

"Today is a day to remember him.

"To have a rugby match in his memory and all these ex-Welsh internationals and Lions players, it really is fantastic."

Image caption Former Wales and Scarlets flanker Dafydd Jones said Mr Gwynne was "a special guy"
Image caption Former Wales and Scarlets fullback Garan Evans took part in the match

Dafydd Jones played with Mr Gwynne at county level and described him as a "special guy".

"Everyone thought the world of him," he said.

"A great player and a great bloke, on and off the pitch."

Singer Meic Stevens performed after the game, followed by an auction, and then a performance from #band6.

Image caption The Eifion Gwynne side all had Gwynne on the back of their shirts, along with his old position, number 8

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