Once-capped Wales scrum-half Clive Shell dies.

Clive Shell, pictured in 1975
Clive Shell, pictured while training in 1975

Former Wales, Aberavon and Barbarians scrum-half Clive Shell has died at the age of 64.

Shell was among a number of understudies to legendary Wales and British and Irish Lions nine Gareth Edwards.

Many of the the game's observers felt Shell would have been a Wales regular in another era.

He captained the Wizards for three seasons from 1977 and went on to coach them following his playing retirement.

Shell, a school teacher by profession, won his only cap in Wales' 24-0, 1973 win over Australia as a replacement for Edwards at what was then Cardiff Arms Park.

Aberavon secretary Andrew John said: "He was a great player and would probably have had many more caps if it hadn't been for Gareth Edwards.

"At club level he was outstanding, captaining the side and forming a great half-back partnership with John Bevan."

Aberavon plan a minute's silence before their next home game, on 14 January against Swansea.