03 January 2022 / Club News

The Band That Went to War

How Falklands War and rugby led to 40-year friendship.

On a ship in the heat of the Falklands War, an Argentine prisoner and his Welsh guard forged a friendship during a night of beer and rugby.

Our very own Irfon Higgins was a soldier on the SS Canberra, tasked with guarding 4,500 prisoners of war, or PoWs.

"Once I started talking to Giorgio about Welsh rugby - JPR and JJ - I soon realised we had far more in common than I did with many of the British troops,"

Their story has been recounted in a book on the 1982 conflict by Brian Short - The Band That Went to War.

A brilliant story and a great read, Da iawn Irfon 

Read the full story HERE

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