Queen's Birthday Honours: Gareth Edwards receives knighthood

Gareth Edwards
Edwards won 53 caps for Wales, scoring 20 tries

Welsh rugby great Gareth Edwards, ex-Williams director Patrick Head and Gary Verity, who brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire, have been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

England cricketer James Anderson and ex-Chelsea and England footballer Frank Lampard have both become OBEs.

Boxing champion Carl Froch is made an MBE, as are distance runner Jo Pavey and England footballer Casey Stoney.

Wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley is also appointed an MBE.

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Gareth Edwards's memorable try for Barbarians v New Zealand

Speaking to BBC Sport from Canada, where she is part of England's World Cup squad, Stoney said: "It's huge for women's football.

"Women in sport don't really get much recognition, so to get recognition in your area of sport, to get recognised for your services to the game, is really important because it's not just about me, it's about the players who played 25 to 30 years ago, who put me in this position to be able to go to a World Cup."

In rugby union, former England fly-half and Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson becomes a CBE, while ex-Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies has been made an OBE for his work as president of Cardiff's Velindre Cancer Centre.

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has been made an OBE as has England squash world champion Nick Matthew.

Liz Nicholl, UK Sport chief executive, has also been appointed a CBE.

Edwards, 67, is a former Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half who won 53 caps for his country.

He scored what is regarded as the greatest try of all time for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Cardiff Arms Park in 1973.

James Anderson
James Anderson surpassed Sir Ian Botham's record as England's leading wicket-taker

Fast bowler Anderson, 32, became England's leading Test wicket-taker in April and has now taken 403 wickets in 104 Tests.

Head, 69, who co-founded Williams with Sir Frank Williams, helped the team claim nine constructor championships.

Sir Frank said: "His engineering talent helped play a key role in establishing Great Britain as a leading force in global motorsport and the benefits of this are still being felt to this day, both culturally and economically."

Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, brought the first two stages of the Tour de France to the county in 2014.

List of sporting honours

Knight: Gareth Edwards, former British and Irish Lions and Wales scrum-half; Patrick Head, former director and co-founder of Williams F1 team; Gary Verity, for services to tourism and the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014.

Frank Lampard
Former Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard will play for New York City FC next season

CBE: Liz Nicholl, UK Sport chief executive; Jonny Wilkinson, former England fly-half.

OBE: James Anderson, England fast bowler; Brian Davies, chef de mission Team Wales at 2014 Commonwealth Games; Jonathan Davies, former Wales fly-half and president of Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

Jo Pavey
Pavey won the 10,000m at the European Championships aged 40 in 2014

Peter Dawson, R&A chief executive and secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews; Huw Jenkins, Swansea City chairman; Anthony Kendall, London Youth Games chair; Frank Lampard, former England footballer; Jonathan Lane, Tennis Foundation chair; Nick Matthew, English squash player.

MBE: James Chalmers, Football Safety Officers Association president; Lloyd Cowan, UK Athletics lead sprint coach; Carl Froch, boxing world champion; Alison Harris, for services to the British Horse Society and to equestrian sport in Yorkshire; Richard Knight, for services to rowing; Catriona Morrison, for services to sport and voluntary service in Scotland.

Carl Froch
Froch is a four-time world super-middleweight champion

John Monaghan, for services to sport administration in Northern Ireland; Jo Pavey, long distance runner; Casey Stoney, Arsenal Ladies and former England captain; Jordanne Whiley, wheelchair tennis player.

BEM: Jim Montgomery, former Sunderland goalkeeper and club ambassador.

Jordanne Whiley
Whiley has won five Grand Slam double titles

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