PONTYPOOL RFC will pay tribute to Ray Prosser by naming the grandstand at their regenerated historic home after the legendary former player and coach.

The iconic Prosser, who won 22 caps as a prop and played for the British Lions against New Zealand in 1959 before becoming a influential figure in a raft of internationals, died on Sunday at the age of 93.

He played for Pooler from 1951 to 1961, racking up around 300 appearances for the club.

Prosser then turned to coaching and masterminded the club's remarkable period between 1969 and 1987.

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Under his leadership Pooler played 900 matches with a success rate of 71 per cent, becoming Welsh club champions on five occasions, winning the Welsh Merit Table seven times and lifting the WRU Challenge Cup in 1983.

The club shelved plans to move from their historic home after being given the green light to redevelop the facilities and Prosser's name will feature, reflecting the impact that he had on the town.

"He will hold a special place in the history of the club for his remarkable record, not only as a player but also as a very successful coach," read a club statement.

"He has been, without doubt, the most influential person in Pontypool RFC's rich and proud history.

"Ray's lasting legacy has inspired thousands of people to remain connected to Pontypool RFC and to this present day, so many supporters are proud to call Pontypool Park their home away from home.

"Thus, it is only apt that Pontypool Park will forever be known as the place that 'Pross' built.

"Pontypool RFC will soon announce the next phase of the club's plans to re-generate Pontypool Park and 'The Ray Prosser Stand' into a premier sporting venue and our determination to pay a tribute worthy of Pooler's ultimate legend will be at the forefront of the club's focus in the weeks and months ahead."