Gerwyn Price posed naked to show off physique after switch from rugby to darts

Gerwyn Price will be hell-bent on defending his PDC World Darts Championship crown later this year – but don't expect any naked poses in the celebrations.

Not on the oche anyway, although posing nude in more serene surroundings is something the Welshman has happily embraced in the past.

Price, 36, achieved his ultimate dream in January 2021 when he beat Gary Anderson 7–3 to win his first world title, surpassing Michael van Gerwen as the world No 1 in the process.

It capped an intriguing sporting career for 'The Iceman', who also played rugby union for Welsh Premier Division sides Neath and Cross Keys, Pro12 with Glasgow Warriors and rugby league with South Wales Scorpions.

He only joined the PDC tour in 2014, after being encouraged to go through qualifying school following some impressive performances for Welsh Super League team Aberbargoed.

With his muscly physique, Price cuts a unique figure in world darts, and has even posed without clothes for a photoshoot in The Times newspaper as part of their My Sporting Body segment.

”I had never done anything like it before so I was a bit anxious and I wasn't sure I wanted to do it!" he told Daily Star Sport, after becoming world champion.

"I wasn't the typical shape of a darts player but saying that, I hadn't been playing darts for too long.”

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He also admitted that time spent in the gym had digressed since switching sports.

“I have been away a lot compared to what I have done in previous years,” he said.

“I have been going up the rankings, getting more invitations to other tournaments and stuff. It is just trying to find the balance and the time.

“You can't train right before games because doing a gun session or an arm session and having to play the next day, it is just not possible. So over the past 18 months it has been difficult to try and fit that in.

“In terms of weights and stuff, I haven't done anything. I have been doing some road running and conditioning and I seem to be doing that a lot more than lifting any weights."

Price, who also became the first Welsh player to win the PDC version of a world title, has maintained his No 1 ranking and will start his championship defence at the Alexandra Palace on December 15.

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