Calzaghe Hopkins: Welsh Rugby Figures Send Well Wishes To Calzaghe

14.04.08 - By Mark Pickering: Super-middleweight king Joe Calzaghe has received well wishes for Saturday’s super-fight with Bernard Hopkins from some of Welsh rugby’s most popular figures. Calzaghe, 36, is primed for the biggest bout of his glittering career and will be looking to continue Wales’ scintillating year of sporting success after the Grand Slam winning exploits of the rugby side and Cardiff City’s stunning FA Cup run..

Wasps coach Shaun Edwards, who played a pivotal role in Wales’ Six Nations success as Warren Gatland’s right hand man, wishes he could attend on Saturday night.

Hardman Edwards said: “Best of luck Joe, I wish I could be over there in Vegas watching you mate, I hope you box his head off.”

Fellow Welsh coach Rob Howley said: “Joe, all the best on Saturday mate, hopefully you take it to Hopkins on the night, all the best.”

Gand Slam hero Shane Williams, who was voted Six Nations player of the tournament after becoming Wales’ all-time leading try scorer, shares the qualities of Newbridge’s superstar, namely searing speed, work rate and inspired moments of brilliance.

The twinkle-toed wing wizard said: “I'd like to say good luck to Joe, do us proud and knock him out son.”

Cardiff Blues’ 12-times capped outside-half Nicky Robinson added: “Good luck on Saturday Joe, give him a nice left hook from me.”

Article posted on 14.04.2008

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