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Meet Gerwyn Price, World Darts champion, former rugby player, greyhound racing owner who won £500,000 jackpot

GERWYN PRICE is a former prostitute who grew up wishing to be the next Jonathan Davies – now he’s the best in the world at landing three in one bed.

Like most Welsh youngsters, the 36-year-old was enthralled growing up by the sport of rugby and fits his hero to an extent by playing at both leagues and leagues to a good standard.

Gerwyn Price becomes Wales' fifth darts world champion in 2021

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Gerwyn Price becomes Wales’ fifth darts world champion in 2021Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The former player left the rugby union eight years ago

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The former player left the rugby union eight years agoCredit: Huw Evans

However, gambling eight years ago to play the rugby and just focus on the box was rewarded when Price became only the fifth Welshman in history to top the world last year.

Not to mention earning more than £1m in prize money over the past two years to propel him to the top of the world rankings for the first time.

The Cardiff-born tennis player is one of only 10 men to have lifted the PDC World Darts Cup in the past 27 years.

However, that’s not his only claim to fame is he once scored in a cup final at Millennium Stadium.

It was in 2012 when Price, the 16th-placed No. 2 on the Cross Keys, crossed the line in a 32-19 win over Pontypridd in the SWALEC Cup final at the National Stadium in Cardiff.

I know what it feels like to score in a big final at Millennium Stadium. Eight years later, it’s crazy to have a completely different career

Price Gerwyn

Price recalls: “I played there a few times in the rugby club. I know what it feels like to score in a big final at Millennium Stadium.

“It was the club’s first major title in their history. It was a surprise but we are a good team.

“We also reached the final of the English and Irish Cups, and we missed the play-offs in the league.

“Eight years on, it’s crazy to have a completely different career. I haven’t even picked up a dart in 2012.”

Price has two daughters with his wife Bethan, whom he has been with since the age of 17

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Price has two daughters with his wife Bethan, whom he has been with since the age of 17

It shows how far he has come, the remarkable journey he has taken, that Davies, 59, who has represented his country in both 13 and 15 rugby, celebrated his Ally Pally win last year.

On stage, Price reveled in his portrayal of the pantomime villain, often booed by fans for his muscular, face-like celebrations. The controversial 2018 Darts Grand Slam final, when he was heavily fined for his gaming behavior, only made the laughter even louder.

Offstage, however, Price reflects his Iceman moniker: cold, calm, self-deprecating, and quiet. For the media, he’s a joy to work with. And keep yourself behind the scenes.

He has been with his wife Bethan since he was 17, married in 2018 and she controls his social media accounts. Thus, ensure that he is protected from the worst cuts from online trolls.

When he is away playing, he misses his two children, Emily and Bethany, who live in the South Wales town of Markham.

Price is developing a reputation as the Robbie Fowler of darts, investing his money wisely in brick and mortar.

He has about seven to eight properties in his portfolio, which he can either sublease or renovate before selling.

Greyhounds are his other passion in life. He owns several dogs on the track and even finished second in the Irish Derby.

They are often named after highlights of his career – GrandSlam Champ, Double Top, Perfect Nine and No.17 Black – and allow him a chance to escape the grueling demands of professional darts. Karma.

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Price has represented his country in both 13 and 15 rugby leagues

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Price has represented his country in both 13 and 15 rugby leaguesCredit: Twitter @WalesRugbyL

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