Sunday, September 07, 2008

Welsh Rugby

This information relates to Chart 45: William PASK (1808-1893) born in Nantylgo, Monmouthshire #9973.

As mentioned in the previous blog Chart 45: William PASK of Monmouthshire, we have been exchanging information with David Hopkins through Genes Reunited. He is the grandson of Annie Maria Hopkins née Pask. David's sister Susan is the mother of Michael Owen, the Welsh Rugby Union Player, who made his debut for Saracens yesterday.
Michael Owen, great-grandson of Annie Maria Hopkins née Pask
His profile on Wikipedia gives:

Owen, who is 6'5" and 231 lb (1.96 m, 111 kg), most often plays Number 8, but is also versatile enough to play flanker or even lock. ... Michael Owen became the 1,000th player capped by Wales when he made his debut in the first Test against South Africa in June 2002.

Alun Pask Another famous Welsh number 8 was Alun Pask. Although there is currently no family connection, undoubtedly there will be. There seems to be too much of a coincidence.