The Perfect Rugby Warm Up for Wales vs England
Our build-up to last weekend’s Wales and England test match in Cardiff involved two events with England, British and Irish Lions and Coventry rugby legend David Duckham. David’s recounted stories of his days with England and the Lions, giving his personal insight into life in rugby before professionalism.
On Friday 10th February, David spoke at a special rugby dinner held at the fantastic Cae Court Hotel and Restaurant in Bridgend. Among the guests was rugby fan and Wales First Minister, Carwyn Jones. After the dinner, signed rugby memorabilia was raffled to raise money for local charities.
At the event, the locally-based international sports artist Patrick Killian exhibited a David Duckham original painting for the first time. The stunning painting was signed by David and a time-lapse video showing Patrick working on the painting can be seen on the Killian Art website.
The lunch was a great success and the ideal start to the second Six Nations weekend of 2017.
Prior to the Wales vs England test match on Saturday 11th February, David Duckham and JPR Williams entertained the guests with tales of rugby in the 1970s. They also talked about professional rugby in the modern era and the Wales vs England test match. The Q & A session was particularly interesting with probing questions seeking the opinions of two rugby legends who are still respected across the rugby world.
At the event, Patrick Killian also displayed a painting of JPR Williams playing for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks in 1971. The painting was signed by JPR Williams and is one-of-a kind.
Just before people left for the stadium, David was joined by British Lions and Wales flanker Tom David.
A selection of photographs from both events can be seen on the Paul Fears Photography website:
- Lunch with David Duckham at Cae Court, Bridgend;
- Pre-match hospitality with David Duckham and JPR Williams at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff;
The next Legends Hospitality event, with British and Irish Lions and Wales Hooker Matthew Rees, is prior to the Wales vs Ireland Six Nations test match on Friday 10th March. For more information or to book at place, please contact Paul Fielding on:
Phone: 01656 782252 or 07768 418308
By email on: legends@