World darts champion Gerwyn Price.

New world darts champion played a rugby match in Athlone

New PDC World Darts champion Gerwyn Price once played a rugby match at Dubarry Park in Athlone.

Eagle-eyed Buccaneers RFC PRO Michael Silke has pointed out that, back in 2012, Price featured on the Cross Keys team which played a British & Irish Cup game at Dubarry Park.

A small town Welsh club, Cross Keys were defeated by Connacht Eagles by 31-16 at the Athlone stadium, despite Rodney Ah You incurring an early red card for the home side.

Hooker Price came off the bench on that occasion but, despite their defeat in the Irish midlands, Cross Keys progressed to the B&I Cup final and later defeated Pontypridd in the Swalec Cup final that season.

Price recently defeated Gary Anderson 7-3 in the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace in London.

Nicknamed 'The Iceman', Price (35) is the first ever Welshman to win the tournament.

Price's victory saw him overtake Michael van Gerwen in the world rankings to become the new world No. 1.

During his rugby union career, Price also played for Neath and Glasgow Warriors, while he played rugby league with the South Wales Scorpions. In order to concentrate on playing darts full time, he stopped playing rugby in 2014.

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