David Duckham Talks Rugby before Wales play England

Six Nations Pre-Match Rugby Hospitality with David Duckham

He is called the honorary Welshman.  In the 70s, people said that he was the only Englishman that could have broken into the Wales team featuring rugby greats including Gareth Edwards and John Dawes.  And on Saturday 11th February, hours before Wales take on England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, David Duckham will be talking rugby.

The Legends Hospitality Pre-Match Hospitality function with David Duckham is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the centre of Cardiff, a 10 minute walk away from the stadium.

The Pre-Match event is the ideal warm up prior to the widely anticipated Wales vs England Six Nations test.  After a two-course meal, David Duckham will be talking about his rugby career with England, the British and Irish Lions and the Barbarians.

David Duckham is widely regarded as one of the best backs ever to play rugby for England.  Whilst playing on the wing or in the centre, the back with the flowing blonde locks would terrorise the opposition.

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David Duckham (front row, 3rd from right) one of several Coventry players in an England shirt

Duckham played for Coventry for the whole of his career.  His England debut came in 1969, playing at centre.  Duckham went on to win 36 caps for England before he retired in 1976.  As part of the All Black series winning British and Irish Lions of 1971, he scored 11 tries in 16 games.

Duckham was the only English back in the 1973 Barbarians side that beat the All Blacks 23–11 at Cardiff Arms Park. In the first half he made a run that has become part of rugby folk lore, that brought gasps and cheers from a Welsh crowd more accustomed to regarding any Englishman with hostility.  When he broke through the All Black defence, he appeared to confuse the commentator, Cliff Morgan, who did not know whether Duckham had sidestepped or dummied.  He even sent the cameraman the wrong way; his change of direction was such that the camera went to the right and Duckham disappeared out of shot to the left. After the match he was given the nickname ‘Dai’ by the Welsh fans because he played like one of their own.

It will be interesting to hear what Duckham thinks about the present England side.  They go into the 2017 Six Nations as favourites and on an incredible winning streak.  Also, which English and Welsh players does he believe will be on the flight to New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions in the summer.

For more information or to book a place at the Pre-Match hospitality event with David Duckham, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

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