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Union king Colin relishing the Challenge of a lifetime

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: August 15, 2012

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ONE of the match-winners in the Scarlets' historic win against world champions Australia in October 1992 will be involved in this year's rugby league Challenge Cup final.

It will be former Wales fly-half Colin Stephens's first involvement in a major Wembley sporting occasion as he tries to help steer Warrington Wolves to glory against Leeds Rhinos on Saturday, August 25.

Stephens, who now lives in Morley, is the kicking coach for the Wolves, a position he has held for the last two years.

"Having not been involved in a big occasion at Wembley before, it's an occasion I am looking forward to very much," he said.

Stephens is in charge of all aspects of Warrington's kicking duties and guides the likes of match-winner Lee Briers.

Stephens is also director of rugby at Leeds Metropolitan University, which has four men's rugby union teams and two women's teams.

Warrington is one of the rugby league clubs Jonathan Davies played for. When the Trimsaran- born rugby star left the Scarlets to switch codes, it was Stephens who made a sensational impact as the new No. 10 at Stradey.

He went on to score 633 points for the club, and in the double- winning 1992-93 season he dropped two late goals to secure a famous 13-9 win against Australia.

Gaining four caps for Wales, he was development officer at Stradey after retirement before joining Leeds as a youth coach in 1997, where former Scarlets skipper Phil Davies was the then director of rugby.

BARRIE THOMAS

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