I was a pro rugby player and scored a cup final try at the Millennium Stadium, now I’m darts’ pantomime villain | The Sun
GERWYN PRICE finally hopes to lay off the Christmas boos – after fulfilling his childhood dreams in rugby and darts but becoming a pantomime villain.
'The Iceman' has not yet melted into The Nice Man as far as Ally Pally crowds are concerned – but here's how he got his prickly reputation and why he hopes to turn it around.
As a rugby union pro, Price scored a try at the Millennium Stadium to help Cross Keys beat Pontypridd 32-19 in the 2012 SWALEC Cup final.
He even dabbled with boxing – but is best-known as the first Welshman to win the Darts World Championships in 2019.
But the history-making hurler, 38, is serially heckled by crowds at the tournament for his in-your-face attitude at the oche.
And he shocked viewers at the 2022 Championships when he wore ear defenders to block out the jeers during his 5-1 quarter-final loss to Gabriel Clemens – a tactic that only attracted more verbal abuse.
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But as panto season builds up, Price appears keen to attract a different type of reaction so he can shout at his hostile status: It's behind me!
The former world No1, who also owns several racing greyhounds,even considered ducking out of this year's event due to his issues with crowds.
Price's problems were thrust into the spotlight when he was fined £21,500 at the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts for two offences – "bringing the sport into disrepute and gamesmanship".
And he once celebrated so vociferously that big Scottish rival Gary Anderson shoved him.
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