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.

Legends Hospitality Rob Jones

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.

Legends Hospitality Rob Jones

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

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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.

Wales National Anthem

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

Photos from the Lee Byrne Rugby Hospitality Event

Photographs Taken During Wales vs Australia Pre-Match Entertainment

There was a great anticipation in the room prior to Lee Byrne standing up and talking about his rugby career.  The revelations in his recently published book pointed fingers at the management style of the Wales coaching team and, in particular, Rob Howley.

As always, the food at the Radisson Blu in Cardiff was as excellent as the entertainment and supporters left for the stadium with full stomachs and beer-fueled smiling faces.

Here is a selection of photographs from the event.

Hospitality at the Radisson Blu with rugby legends will be available for the forthcoming Six Nations 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

Lee Byrne Talks Rugby Before Wales Play Australia

Rugby Hospitality with Lee Byrne Before Wales vs Wallabies

On November 11th 2017, Wales entertain the Qantas Wallabies at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in the first of 4 tests in the Autumn series.

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Prior to the 17:15 kick off, ex British Lions and Wales full back, Lee Byrne will be talking rugby at the Legends Hospitality event held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff, just minutes away from the stadium.

Lee Byrne BookEarlier this month, Lee Byrne’s controversial autobiography was released and since there has been intense media coverage on the claims that he was bullied by Wales coach Rob Howley.

Lee Byrne played 46 times for Wales and 1 test for the British Lions in a career that spanned from 2003 to 2015.  He was a key member of the 2008 Wales Grand Slam team, scoring 2 tries against England and Italy.

During an illustrious career, Lee played for Llanelli RFC, Scarlets, Ospreys, Clermont Auvergne in France, and finished his career with NG Dragons.  He retired with a shoulder injury in April 2015.

In all, Lee scored 50 points (10 tries) for Wales and 312 points in his club senior career.  He was quick with an instinct for finding a gap in a defensive line.  His performances in the 2008 Grand Slam resulted in selection for the British Lions tour to South Africa and he was unlucky to have to withdraw due to injury.

It is also very appropriate that Lee Byrne is speaking prior to Wales playing the Wallabies as he scored a try and played when Wales last beat Australia 21-18 in Cardiff in 2008.  Wales have failed to beat the Wallabies since.

It will be interesting to hear Lee talk about his rugby career and how he thinks Wales will perform in this season’s Autumn internationals.  Lee will also be available to sign copies of his new book and other memorabilia, as well as talk with guests.

The pre-match rugby hospitality event (only £99 per person) also includes a 3-course meal and a complimentary bar (up until kick-off) in the comfort of one of Cardiff’s best hotels.

For more information or to book a place at the Pre-Match hospitality event with Lee Byrne prior to Wales vs Australia or with James Hook and Emyr Lewis prior to Wales vs New Zealand, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

David Duckham Charms Porthcawl RFC

Photographs from the David Duckham Dinner at Porthcawl RFC

There was a lot of laughter and some tough questions from the audience when David Duckham spoke at Porthcawl RFC on the 12th October.

David is a fantastic speaker and told some great tales from his rugby days with England, the British Lions and Barbarians.  The rugby faithful at Porthcawl also asked for David’s opinion on the recent Lions tour, the present spate of injuries in rugby, refereeing consistency, and modern day rugby.  His insights were fascinating.

Here are a selection of photographs from the dinner taken by Paul Fears Photography:

Legends Hospitality have a number of hospitality events organised before the end of the year including Pre-Match hospitality in Cardiff prior to Wales vs Australia (with Lee Byrne) and Wales vs New Zealand (with James Hook and Emyr Lewis).  For further information, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website