Mourners line Cardiff streets to honour Wales rugby international Steve Blackmore

Mates, household and former team-mates lined the streets of Cardiff to say their last goodbyes to former Wales rugby worldwide Steve Blackmore.

The ex-Cardiff RFC prop handed away on the age of 58 earlier this month after a brave battle with a mind tumour.

Blackmore, affectionately generally known as ‘Wally’, was laid to relaxation on Friday, with the funeral service for rapid household solely.

However many extra selected to pay their respects because the funeral cortege handed by his outdated household dwelling on Lansdowne Highway in Canton, earlier than heading on previous the Fairwater Conservative Membership on Ely Highway.

Specifically, the streets have been lined with pals and former team-mates, resembling former Wales captain Mike Corridor, outdoors the Victoria Park Public Home on Cowbridge Highway East.

A memorial service will probably be held later within the 12 months as soon as coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

The previous Cardiff front-rower performed 4 instances for Wales and featured on the 1987 World Cup.

Blackmore performed in three video games within the event, together with the bronze-medal match win over Australia that secured Wales’ greatest ever World Cup end.

He performed 169 video games for the Cardiff membership facet between 1982 and 1996.

Mark Ring, his former Cardiff team-mate, paid tribute to Blackmore on the time of his loss of life, saying: “We would grown up collectively by rugby. We got here from totally different elements of Cardiff – he was Canton and I used to be Splott.

“However we went on tour as schoolboys and went by the Cardiff youth collectively.

“We each got here into the ranks at Cardiff and even performed on the World Cup collectively in 1987 once we completed third.

“He was unbelievable as a bloke. He was lively, at all times up for the craic and the windups. That was what he was identified for.

“He was the life and soul of the get together.

Steve Blackmore died earlier this month

Steve Blackmore in his taking part in days

“I would been working with him not too long ago. Even when he recognized, he would not surrender the work.

“He was nonetheless doing his parcel deliveries within the metropolis centre. Ultimately he could not drive, however he had somebody driving for him and he’d present them the routes and the place to park on the town with out getting a ticket.

“I’ve simply acquired comfortable recollections of rising up with an excellent participant and nice character.”

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