Welsh rugby league stars to support Welsh derby


Three of Wales and Great Britain’s top stars from the 1990s will be supporting the Welsh Derby when South Wales Scorpions meet North Wales Crusaders next weekend. 

Dai Bishop, Phil Ford and Gerald Cordle will all be speaking at a special pre-match hospitality dinner in the Gareth Edwards Suite at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Stadium about an hour before kick-off.

Bishop played for Hull Kingston Rovers and London Broncos, going on to make four appearances for Wales rugby league between 1991 and 1992, as well as stint for Wales in rugby union also. 

Ford, who’s nephew is Widnes VikingsLloyd White, scored four tries in 10 appearances for Wales on the international stage, whilst playing at club level for teams such as Warrington, Wigan and Salford.

Further to this, Ford is famously known for scoring a length of the field try for Great Britain against Australia in Sydney in 1988.

Gerald Cordle played almost all of his rugby league career for Bradford barring one season with the old South Wales club in 1996 at the Arms Park. He won eight caps for his country during his career, scoring two tries.

Bishop, a radio pundit in South Wales for a number of years, is looking forward to being at the big event next weekend.

“I’m delighted to be a guest at the Big Welsh Derby on June 4th,” he said.

“It all sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic day. The good thing about it all is that it celebrates Rugby League at all levels in Wales, with a community game, a junior game and then the big encounter between the Scorpions and Crusaders.

“I’ve always kept up to date with Rugby League in Wales and I’m a big supporter of the sport that did so much for me. I think it’ll be a big success, like it was last year, and I’m looking forward to meeting up with Phil and Gerald to speak there.”

The Welsh Derby between Scorpions and Crusaders takes places on Saturday 4th June at 5pm in Kingstone Press League 1.