Rugby Talk From Gareth Llewellyn

Wales Captain Entertains Guests Prior to Wales Playing Australia

Gareth Llewellyn is well respected as someone who doesn’t hold back with his opinions.  He speaks with great authority having made 92 appearances for Wales, captaining the side on 7 occasions.  Prior to Wales taking on Australia in Cardiff (10th November 2018), Gareth will be our guest at the pre-match hospitality lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

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Australia arrive in Wales having lost four of their six fixtures in the recent Rugby Championship including a rare home defeat to Argentina.  History tells us that a wounded Australia can be a dangerous animal.  However, there is excitement and hope in the Wales camp.  The successful Summer tour has raised expectations.

It will be interested to hear Gareth’s views on this renewed optimism.  This is the last Autumn series under the Gatland reign and is seen as an important stepping stone towards next year’s World Cup.  And who will Gareth select as the Wales number 7?

Gareth had a colourful rugby career.  He was part of the all-dominating Neath pack on the late 1980s early 1990s before moving across the water to Harlequins.  In 2000 he returned to Neath before joining regional rugby with the formation of the Ospreys in 2003.  As with many rugby players, he also enjoyed a short stay in France with Narbonne for the 2004 – 2005 season.

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In recent years, he is widely acclaimed as a frankly honest rugby pundit.  It will be interesting to hear his views on Wales prospects for the next Six Nations and the forthcoming World Cup.

Hospitality Packages

Packages for the Scotland, Australia and South Africa games include a superb 3-course lunch, a guest rugby personality to talk about life in the game, and a big screen to watch the game.

There are three tiers of tickets for the Wales vs Scotland, Australia and South Africa games:

Level One Premier – Drinks reception with the guest speaker, a free bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off, post-match food, premier seating position in room, match-day gift.

£129 + VAT per head

Level Two Enhanced – Free Bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off and match-day gift.

£99 + VAT per head

Level Three Classic– Pay as you go bar,  and a match-day gift.

£79 + VAT per head

There is also an option to book the Top Table and sit with the Guest Speaker throughout the event. The table will be named after your company or business with publicity opportunities during the day.  The cost is the same per head as the Premier Package plus a one-off fee of £250 plus VAT.  Ideal when entertaining clients.

For more information about pre-match rugby hospitality for the Autumn Internationals please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

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Craig Chalmers Talks Rugby

Scottish International Guests Before Wales play Scotland

The Autumn Test Series has a Six Nations feel to it this year with Wales playing Scotland on the 3rd November 2018 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  The extra test match, outside of the international window, is part of the side’s preparation for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Once again, Legends Hospitality has arranged pre-match hospitality at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  The guest speaker at the event is Craig Chalmers.

Craig Chalmers

Craig ChalmersCraig Chalmers played 60 times for Scotland between 1989 and 1999, scoring 166 points.  He also represented the British and Irish Lions on the 1989 winning tour to Australia, winning 1 test cap.

Craig’s preferred position was fly-half, but he also played at centre.  As a fly-half he was highly respected for his ability to marshal a game with astute kicking.  He was also not shy of making a hard tackle.  His most famous performance was when Scotland played England in 1990.  The Scotland team was undefeated when England arrived in Murrayfield.  In a tense match, Tony Stanger scored a try for the Scots. but it was Chalmers three penalties that eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides.  This was the last time that Scotland won the Grand Slam.

Hospitality Packages

Packages for the Scotland, Australia and South Africa games include a superb 3-course lunch, a guest rugby personality to talk about life in the game, and a big screen to watch the game.

There are three tiers of tickets for the Wales vs Scotland, Australia and South Africa games:

Level One Premier – Drinks reception with the guest speaker, a free bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off, post-match food, premier seating position in room, match-day gift.

£129 + VAT per head

Level Two Enhanced – Free Bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off and match-day gift.

£99 + VAT per head

Level Three Classic– Pay as you go bar,  and a match-day gift.

£79 + VAT per head

There is also an option to book the Top Table and sit with the Guest Speaker throughout the event. The table will be named after your company or business with publicity opportunities during the day.  The cost is the same per head as the Premier Package plus a one-off fee of £250 plus VAT.  Ideal when entertaining clients.

For more information about pre-match rugby hospitality for the Autumn Internationals please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Rugby Hospitality Returns For Autumn Internationals

Rugby Greats Talk Rugby

International test match rugby returns to Cardiff this Autumn.  And Legends Hospitality has arranged for some of the game’s rugby greats to meet and talk to rugby fans before the game at pre-match hospitality events held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.

With the Rugby World Cup just 12 months away, the four test matches will provide Warren Gatland the opportunity to review his squad and pencil in names for the plane that leaves to Japan.

The Games

Craig ChalmersWales vs Scotland (Saturday, 3rd November – Kick Off: 2:45pm)

Although it is unusual to play a home nations side in the Autumn international series, this is an exciting test match.  Scotland failed to live up to expectations in the 2018 Six Nations and will be looking to reignite belief in Cardiff.

Prior to the game, ex Scotland and British and Irish Lions Fly-Half Craig Chalmers will be talking about life as a Scottish international and his rivalry with present Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.

Wales vs Australia (Saturday, 10th November – Kick Off:  5:20pm)

Australia’s form in the Rugby Championship has not been good, but when they play in Cardiff there always appears to be renewed vigour.  It will be interesting to hear what our guest, Gareth Llewellyn, has to say.  Gareth Llewellyn won 92 caps as a lock forward for Wales between 1989 and 2004, captaining the side on 7 occasions.  He also appears regularly on Scrum V and Radio Wales offering his well-respected views on the modern game of rugby.

Wales vs Tonga (Saturday, 17th November – Kick Off: 2:30pm)

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Wales last played Tonga at Eden Park in New Zealand in June 2017, winning 24-6.  Whenever the Tongans play we can expect fireworks and big collisions.  There are lower ticket prices to attract families to the game and we are also offering hospitality with a pre-match lunch at a special price of £29 per person or £99 for a family of four.  Our guest will be the mercurial James Hook, now playing for Ospreys and with a CV that includes the British and Irish Lions, Wales, Barbarians, Gloucester, and Perpignan.

Wales vs South Africa (Saturday, 24th November – Kick Off: 5:20pm)

Brynmor Williams All Blacks 1977

The final test is against South Africa.  The Springboks are still smarting after their defeat in the controversial test match in the USA last summer and will be buoyed by their victory against the All Blacks.  Before the test match, ex Wales and British & Irish Lions scrum-half Brynmor Williams will give us his thoughts.  In the 70s and 80s, Brynmor competed against Gareth Edwards and Terry Holmes for the Wales No. 9 shirt and still played 3 tests for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks in 1977.

Hospitality Packages

Packages for the Scotland, Australia and South Africa games include a superb 3-course lunch, a guest rugby personality to talk about life in the game, and a big screen to watch the game.

There are three tiers of tickets for the Wales vs Scotland, Australia and South Africa games (see above for details of the Tonga game):

Level One Premier – Drinks reception with the guest speaker, a free bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off, post-match food, premier seating position in room, match-day gift.

£129 + VAT per head

Level Two Enhanced – Free Bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off and match-day gift.

£99 + VAT per head

Level Three Classic– Pay as you go bar,  and a match-day gift.

£79 + VAT per head

There is also an option to book the Top Table and sit with the Guest Speaker throughout the event. The table will be named after your company or business with publicity opportunities during the day.  The cost is the same per head as the Premier Package plus a one-off fee of £250 plus VAT.  Ideal when entertaining clients.

For more information about pre-match rugby hospitality for the Autumn Internationals please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

 

Robert Jones at Pontypridd Golf Club

Rugby Union Tales from Wales Scrum Half Robert Jones

On Friday 20th July 2018, Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum half, Robert Jones, captivated the audience at Pontypridd Golf Club with stories of his life in rugby union.

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In a career that spanned 19 years, Robert Jones is highly regarded as one of the most talented scrum halves ever to have played for Wales.  He spent the whole of his career with Swansea RFC, debuting in 1983 as an 18 year-old, before hanging up his boots in the 2001/2 season.  He played 286 games and captained Swansea for two seasons between 1989 and 1991.

His first cap for Wales came in 1986 and we went on to win 54 caps, scoring 19 points.  He formed a formidable partnership with outside half Jonathan Davies and was a key part of the team that secured Wales’ highest position of 3rd in the Rugby World Cup in 1987.

However, it is Robert’s duel with Nick Farr-Jones in the 1989 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia that sticks in the memory of many rugby union enthusiasts.  The Lions had been heavily beaten in the first test and Robert recalled how coach, Ian McGeechan, identified the importance of upsetting the game of the Wallabies key player Farr-Jones.

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At an early scrum, Robert explained how he came to blows with Farr-Jones, a confrontation that escalated into a full scale pitch brawl between both sets of players.  The Lions went on to win the ‘Battle of Ballymore’ 19-12 and take the series into a final decider, which they also won 19-18.  It was the first test series win for the Lions since the famous 1974 tour of South Africa.

A selection of photographs from the event can be seen on the website of photographer Paul Fears.

Legends Hospitality organise speakers for club dinners and pre-test match lunches.  Presently, we are taking bookings for pre-match entertainment prior to the Autumn rugby internationals in Cardiff.

For more information, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Supporting Ty Hafan #5in55 Challenge

£370 Raised For Dads Mountain Walking Challenge

When we first heard that our event photographer, Paul Fears, was one of the Ty Hafan Dads taking part in the #5in55 mountain challenge, we thought he was made.  Our second thought was how could we support such a brave and crazy challenge.

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A group of Dads, whose families have or are receiving support and care from the amazing Ty Hafan (a young person’s hospice in South Wales), are embarked on a challenge to climb 5 mountains in 55 hours.  Of course, the mountains aren’t just any old mountains, but Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Cadair Idris, and Pen-y-Fan.

In 55 hours, those Dads need to climb up, down and travel in between the mountains.  Any sleep will be mainly in the mini bus and food will be eaten on the go.  This is the UK 3 Peaks on steroids.

We have a nominated charity at all of our rugby hospitality events and at our pre-match dinner before Wales played France in the Six Nations, we chose the Ty Hafan #5in55 challenge.  We were thrilled to raise £370, which has been donated via the #5in55 Just Giving page.

#5in55 Just Giving Page

In the Autumn, the Ty Hafan #5in55 will once again be one of our nominated charities.  Hopefully, our photographer Paul will have recovered by then to photograph guests and our rugby celebrities.

Good luck to Paul and the rest of the Dads.  You are all taking on an amazing challenge and we wish you all the best!

Legends Hospitality organises hospitality lunches and dinners in Cardiff prior to home internationals and arrange for rugby legends to speak at rugby club dinners and events.  For more information on rugby hospitality prior to the Wales Autumn internationals or regarding sporting legends speaking at events and dinners, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

Phil Bennett Captivates Pontyclun RFC

Rugby Legend Speaks at End of Season Rugby Dinner

After presenting the end of season awards to players from the senior and youth Pontyclun RFC rugby players, Phil Bennett told his audience some fantastic rugby stories.

Phil Bennett is one the best players ever to grace a rugby field, with a list of honours that include a British and Irish Lions win in South Africa in 1974, Grand Slams and Triple Crowns with Wales, and the famous 9-3 Llanelli RFC victory over the New Zealand All Blacks in October 1972.

Even though many of the players attending the end of season dinner had never seen Phil play in a red shirt, they were mesmerized by the charming wit of the little man from Felinfoel.  He also took time to sign autographs and have photographs taken.  A small selection can be seen below with a more comprehensive collection available to view on the website of photographer, Paul Fears.

For more information on sporting legends speaking at events and dinners, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

Wales Props Front Pre Match Hospitality

Graham Price and Ian Stephens Take Front Row Before Wales Play France

On Saturday 17th March, Wales play France in the final game of the 2018 Six Nations.  Prior to the game at the Principality Stadium, Legends Hospitality is holding a rugby lunch with former British & Irish Lions and Wales prop forwards, Graham Price and Ian ‘Ike’ Stephens.

Graham Price is a Wales rugby legend.  He played 41 times for Wales, mostly as part of the famous “Viet Gwent” Pontypool front row with Bobby Windsor and Charlie Faulkner.  He also played in 12 successive tests for the British and Irish Lions, a record for a prop forward and 3rd on the all-time list of most capped players.  He toured New Zealand in 1977, South Africa in 1980, and returned to New Zealand in 1983.

Graham-PriceGraham made his Wales debut in the 1975 Five Nations Championship against France at the Parc des Princes in Paris, scoring a famous try after running nearly the whole length of the field.  It was one of two tries he scored in a eight year Wales career.  It will be interested to hear how Graham remembers one of the most popular Wales tries of all-time.

Bridgend RFC prop Ian ‘Ike’ Stephens played 13 times for Wales and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions.  Ian was a revered loosehead at the Brewery Field.  He toured with the British and Irish Lions alongside Graham Price in South Africa in 1980 and picked up his one and only test cap in the tour to New Zealand in 1983.

Building Test Match Excitement

Our pre-match hospitality events provide rugby fans with the perfect start to International Saturday and a location where fans can easily get a beer and eat in a relaxed and warm environment.  For £99 (plus VAT) per person, we have a free bar up until kick-off (a pay-bar option is available at a reduced price), a fantastic 3-course meal, a rugby talk with a Q&A with Graham and Ian, and rugby prizes including signed shirts and memorabilia.  All this is staged at the Radisson Blu Hotel, from which there is just a 10 minute walk to the stadium in the centre of Cardiff.  It is a wonderful start to the day for any rugby fan and ideal for companies entertaining staff or clients.

Places are limited and so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in coming along.

For more information or to book a place for the pre Wales vs France hospitality event, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

Rory Lawson and Alix Popham Predictions Proved Wrong

Past Internationals Foresaw A Tight Wales vs Scotland Test

The extent of the Wales 34-7 victory against Scotland (Six Nations, 3rd February 2018) surprised even past internationals.  Both Rory Lawson and Alix Popham predicted tight scorelines, although the winner was very much dependent on your nationality!

Former Wales back row Alix Popham and former Scotland scrum half Rory Lawson were speaking at the Legends Hospitality pre-match event held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  It was great to hear about their rugby career highlights and also their thoughts on the opening game of the 2018 Six Nations.

A selection of photos from the event can be seen below with a more extensive selection available to view on the Paul Fears Photography website.

For more information or to book a place at a hospitality event prior to the final two Wales Six Nations internationals, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Rory Lawson and Alix Popham Talk Rugby Prior to Six Nations Opener in Cardiff

Pre Wales vs Scotland Six Nations Rugby Hospitality

One of the most entertaining tests of the Six Nations is when Wales play Scotland.  Being their first test of the 2018 Six Nations, a result is vitally important for both teams.

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This year’s battle will take place on Saturday 3rd February at 14:15 in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  Scotland arrive having thrashed the Wallabies 53-24 at Murrayfield on the 25th November.  Wales are also on a single game winning run having defeated the Springboks 24-22 at the beginning of December.

The rugby world has marked down Scotland as the favourites.  But what will two former rugby internationals say?

Pre-Match Build-Up Talking Rugby

Prior to the Wales vs Scotland game, we will be hosting a rugby dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  After a fabulous 3-course meal, two former international rugby stars will talk about their experiences and give their views on the vital first test of this year’s Six Nations.

Rory LawsonScotland will be represented by Rory Lawson.  Rory is the grandson of legendary rugby commentator, Bill McLaren and represented Scotland between 2006 and 2010 winning 31 caps.  His rugby career started with Edinburgh Rugby in 2003, before he moved South to Gloucester in 2006 where he spent most of his professional life.  In 2012, after 149 appearances, Rory moved North to Newcastle before retiring due to injury in 2013.

Alix PophamSpeaking in the red corner will be former Wales Back Row Alix Popham.  Considered by many to have won far fewer caps that he deserved often due to injury, Alix played 33 times for Wales between 2003 and 2008.  His career started at Newport in 1998 where he played 89 times.  He moved North for a very successful stint with Leeds Tykes in 2002, making his Wales debut against Australia in 2003.  Alix returned to Wales in 2005 to play for the Llanelli Scarlets before finishing his career at Brive in France.

Building Test Match Excitement

Our pre-match hospitality events provide rugby fans with the perfect start to International Saturday and a location where fans can easily get a beer and eat in a relaxed and warm environment.  For £99 (plus VAT) per person, we have a free bar up until kick-off, a fantastic 3-course meal, a rugby talk with a Q&A with Rory and Alix, and rugby prizes including signed shirts and memorabilia.  All this is staged within a 10 minute walk of the stadium in the centre of Cardiff.  It is a wonderful start to the day for any rugby fan and ideal for companies entertaining staff or clients.

Places are limited and so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in coming along.

This is the first of three events we are staging this Spring, with further news on events prior to Wales playing Italy and France being announced shortly.

For more information or to book a place for the Wales vs Scotland test match (or any of Wales Six Nations games), please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

 

 

Photos from the James Hook and Emyr Lewis Rugby Hospitality Event

James Hook and Emyr Lewis Talk Rugby Prior to Wales Playing New Zealand

On Saturday 25th November 2017, guests at the Legends pre-match hospitality event were treated to a double dose of rugby with James Hook and Emyr Lewis.

The event, staged at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff, was the perfect start to a great day of rugby with a stunning 3-course meal and entertainment from two Welsh rugby legends.

Here is a selection of photographs from the day.

Early in the Autumn international series, ex Wales and British Lions full-back Lee Byrne spoke about his rugby career prior to Wales playing Australia.

Hospitality at the Radisson Blu with rugby legends is available for the forthcoming Six Nations, although places are limited, and for more information please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website