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The Paul Knight story – from the Front Row to battling MS

It’s been a roller coaster life for Rhondda boy and former Pontypridd tight head prop Paul Knight. In 1987 he accepted an invitation to join Pontypridd, coached at the time by Clive Jones, and soon established himself as the cornerstone of an effective forward unit, playing for the Club against Western Samoa in 1988.

In 1990, the long awaited honour of a senior Welsh cap came his way, playing against Namibia, twice, on tour, the Barbarians, England and Scotland. In 1992 Paul left Pontypridd to join Treorchy, where his first class career was curtailed by illness. After feeling unwell in 1998 Paul was told that he was in the initial stages of Multiple Sclerosis. Paul became chairman of the Rhondda Cynon Taf MS society, showing the same qualities of stoic determination in combating his affliction, as he did throughout his illustrious rugby career.

Entitled From the Front Row to battling MS, Paul’s story is now documented in a book, written by Dave Edwards – the remarkable story of the battles he faced on a rugby field to the battles he has faced coping with MS while confined to a wheelchair is now available to buy online from Amazon, here’s the link – The Paul Knight Story

In his own words, Paul reflects on his playing career and the challenges he has faced while coping with his illness with the support of family and friends. Paul had the support of the Ponty faithful during the 138 times he played for the Club, lets support him once again.