Former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick, one of the giants of world rugby, will be guest of honour at a special dinner to be held at Newcastle Emlyn later this year.

The World Cup winner, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have graced the game of rugby and an icon of New Zealand rugby, will be the guest speaker at the dinner at Gwesty’r Emlyn, on Friday, November 21, in aid of The Ray Gravell And Friends Charitable Trust.

“ This is another coup for West Wales, following last year’s hugely successful evening with Colin Meads, and it will be a huge honour to welcome another rugby legend into our midst, “ said former Wales and British Lion great Derek Quinnell, who is chairman of the Charitable Trust’s organising committee.

Sean Fitzpatrick holds the world record for playing in 63 consecutive Test matches and being the world’s most capped hooker. His extraordinary international career began with his debut for the All Blacks in 1986 against France. He was appointed captain of the All Blacks in 1992 and played in 121 international matches, including 92 Test matches, a New Zealand record. Fitzpatrick also holds the record for most Test matches as an All Black captain (51) and has played in more Test match victories (74) than any other player.

He led New Zealand to a series win over the touring British Lions in 1993 and also led the All Blacks to a clean sweep in the first Tri-Nations tournament in 1996. He became the first New Zealander to captain a Test series win in South Africa.

Reservations for the dinner can be made by telephoning Gwesty’r Emlyn (01239 710317) or by email