Rydal Penrhos has featured in a special documentary detailing the final 24 hours of a Welsh rugby legend’s career.
Mike Phillips, who surpassed the record set by Dwayne Peel as the most capped scrum-half Wales’ history, was on hand to give out the prizes on Friday, May 5, just a few short hours before he played his final professional contest in Sale Sharks’ dramatic 27-24 success over Bath.
The 34-year-old, who earned a staggering 94 caps for his country, also took part in a special question and answer session with Director of Sport Allen Boyd following the presentations, where he spoke about his school days, his life as a professional and offered advice to the aspiring athletes in the room.
His time at the school was monitored by Welsh television company S4C, who aired the documentary on Saturday, May 20.
Phillips, said: “I hope that everybody (at Rydal Penrhos) is happy to see me. Rugby has given me so much and it is always good to give something back.
“I wasn’t great at the academic side of school but I have fond memories of the sporting side of things, and looking back everything has gone so fast but it laid the foundations for the rest of my career.
“Some of them are only are only just starting out their career path and hopefully a few of them can represent Wales in the future.”
It has been another hugely successful year of sporting achievement at Rydal Penrhos, which was highlighted with the large number of pupils receiving the Headmaster’s Award given for international recognition.
Dan Owen headed the list after earning four Wales U18 rugby caps, while Martyna Ruszkowska (Swimming), Zac Blomeley and Ewan Luke (Sailing) and Josh Thomas and Jacob Heaton-Rue (Hockey) all received the honour after impressing on the national stage.