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Home / Latest News / Rugby stars turn out for Ryan Bevington and fiancee Lucy Jones’ wedding

Rugby stars turn out for Ryan Bevington and fiancee Lucy Jones’ wedding

They are the rugby heroes who etched their names into sporting history books after a captivating Lions win.

But captain Sam Warburton and his fellow teammate Dan Lydiate had a different kind of victory to celebrate yesterday when they turned out to watch friend and Wales player Ryan Bevington get hitched.

Welsh prop Bevington married his fiancee, speech therapist Lucy Jones, today in Cardiff in what was a charming church occasion surrounded by family and friends.

The noon ceremony saw dozens turn out in the sweltering heat to support the happy couple, including Warburton, Lydiate and their Wales rugby teammate Scott Williams.

Ryan Bevington and Lucy Jones after their wedding at St. Isan's church, Llanishen.
Ryan Bevington and Lucy Jones after their wedding at St. Isan’s church, Llanishen.

The event began when on the sun-soaked afternoon, two Mercedes-Benz cars filled with bridesmaids arrived outside St Isan Church in Llanishen before a silver Bentley pulled up with the immaculately dressed bride.

Once inside, an intimate ceremony saw Bevington slip a custom-made platinum diamond set wedding ring onto Lucy’s finger and the pair were married.

Cheers, smiles and handfuls of confetti then welcomed the happy couple as they strolled out of the church and through the courtyard arm-in-arm, with Bevington saying “it was great” when asked about the ceremony.

Eager to not steal the couples big day, rugby players Warburton, Lydiate and Williams snuck in through the side entrance of the church upon arrival.

But the pair were chatting with fellow guests after the ceremony about both the wedding and their Southern Hemisphere victories.

When asked about the Lions tour victory, Lydiate said: “It just sort of sank in when we got home – what we had done.

“It’s everyone’s dream isn’t it, to be part of that. To win the test the way we did.”

The blindside flanker had an exceptional series down under – playing in all three tests – and will soon be directing his attention to French rugby, after his recent move from Newport Gwent Dragons to Paris-based club Racing Metro.

Warburton praised Lydiate, quipping: “He’s the main man. He played in all three tests – I didn’t.”

A number of people stopped to congratulate Warburton and Lydiate on their recent Lions feat.

And when asked about the side of British and Irish players that he captained to a 2-1 test win, 24-year-old Warburton said “you can’t fault them”.

But a still jet-lagged Warburton said the day was about the happy couple, and that he and his friends Lydiate and Williams were all also set to get married to their partners shortly.

“I’m doing it next year so it’s all a big thing,” he revealed.

Bevington’s father, Richard Bevington, said the whole occasion was “absolutely beautiful” and that he was incredibly proud of his son – who has already appeared in 32 games for Wales across all the age groups.

Welsh winger George North, who scored a try in the Lions’ climactic deciding test against Australia, was unable to make the ceremony but planned to attend the celebrations later on in the day to congratulate friend Bevington.

Warburton is currently being linked with a move away from the Welsh Rugby Union as big-spending French clubs attempt to lure both him and Lions man-of-the-series Leigh Halfpenny.

Earlier this week it was revealed that contract talks had begun between the Blues and both Warburton and Halfpenny.

And the club have since turned to WRU chiefs to assist with their quest.

The exodus has already seen Lydiate depart, along with Jamie Roberts, to Racing Metro and North move from cash-strapped Scarlets to English club Northampton Saints.

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