Lewis hoping to plant a leek on pitch for Wales' World Cup heroes

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 March, 2009, 12:00am

Welshmen are especially proud of their traditions, just ask Soci?t? Generale banker Richard Lewis. He said: 'We have Welsh male choirs, Eisteddfods, great songs like Tom Jones' Delilah that have to be sung at every party. And then there's our most revered vegetable, the humble leek.'

SevenSeen caught up with Lewis 'box grazing' between the corporate suites. Like the dragon and the goat, the leek has long been symbolic of Wales. The earliest claims are it stems from Cadwallader's victory over the Saxons in the seventh century. As much as leeks and the Sevens seem like a complete non sequitur, they have a unique connection.

'Few people know that written into the original Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Constitution from the mid 1970s is an unusual tradition involving a leek,' claims Lewis, who admitted his bridal waltz was Tom Jones' Help Yourself. 'Apparently, the president of the St David's Society of Hong Kong is permitted to plant a leek between the goal posts before the first Welsh game on the Sunday - with an encore if they reach the final.

'I've been coming to the Sevens for eight years and I haven't seen this tradition exercised. The simulated leek used to be made from papier-mache. As Wales won the World Cup Sevens this year, it's our aim to plant our leek again and stand proud.'