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

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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

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

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

 

 

James Hook and Emyr Lewis Q&A before Wales play New Zealand

Pre Match Rugby Hospitality in Cardiff with James Hook and Emyr Lewis

On Saturday 25th November, Wales play the mighty All Blacks at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as the 3rd game in the Autumn Under Armour Series.  And everyone will be asking whether Wales will be able to beat the men in black for the first time since the 21st December 1953.

Wales vs All Bkacks

Prior to the test match, James Hook (British Lions, Wales, and presently playing for the Ospreys) and Emyr Lewis (ex player with Wales, Cardiff and Llanelli) will be meeting guests and having a Q&A at the Legends Hospitality event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.

James Hook is one of the most gifted rugby players to grace the field of play in the past decade.  Many rugby supporters across the world question why he has not been involved in the Wales rugby squad in recent years and added to his 81 caps.  With an ability to play at Fly-half, Centre, and Fullback, his return to Wales to play for the Ospreys was seen as a real coup.James Hook

Emyr Lewis played 41 times for Wales between 1991 and 1996.  He played for Cardiff RFC, Llanelli RFC, and Carmarthen RFC, mainly as a number 8.  He regularly commentates on rugby with the BBC and S4C broadcasting companies and is not shy on expressing his views.

Emyr Lewis

It will be very interesting to hear the views of a current player and rugby commentator.  Warren Gatland and his coaching team are still smarting after the criticism by Irishman Sean O’Brien and with only 2 years left on his contract, Gatland has a lot to prove.

Tickets are available for this Wales vs New Zealand pre-match hospitality event, but the availability is limited.  Included with the pre-match Q&A with James and Emyr is a 3-course meal and a free bar, all for £99 per person.

For more information or to book a place at the Pre-Match hospitality event with James Hook and Emyr Lewis prior to the Wales vs New Zealand test, 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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David Duckham Guest Speaks At Porthcawl RFC

Porthcawl RFC welcomes ex British Lions and England Rugby Player David Duckham

On 12th October 2017, Porthcawl Rugby Club will welcome ex England and British Lions rugby union player, David Duckham for an evening talking about the great game.

David Duckham MBE is regarded as an honorary Welshmen by many of those who saw him play in the 1970s.  With his trademark long blonde hair billowing behind, Duckham would evade defenders with true grace, balance and speed.david-duckham-2

In a senior career that started in 1967 and ended in 1979, Duckham was a one-club man, a rarity in today’s professional era.  He played 188 times for his beloved Coventry RFC, scoring 88 points.

His England debut came in 1969 and he went on to earn 36 caps and scoring 36 points before his final test in 1976.  In 1971, he was a key member of the 1971 British and Irish Lions squad that toured and beat New Zealand scoring 11 tries in 16 games on tour.  He also played in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tests.  In 1973, ‘Dai’ Duckham (as he was christened by the partisan Welsh crowd) played in the memorable Barbarians vs All Blacks game at Cardiff Arms Park.  The Barbarians won the game 23-11.

Duckham recently entertained rugby enthusiasts at two events (Cae Court in Bridgend and at the Radisson Blu in Cardiff) before Wales played England at Cardiff earlier this year.

Since retiring, Duckham was awarded the MBE for services to rugby and he is also Honorary President of the rugby charity, Wooden Spoon.Legends Hospitality David Duckham Lunch at Cae Court Bridgend

Duckham will be speaking at Porthcawl RFC, one of the oldest rugby clubs in Wales.  Founded in 1880, they have developed a number of notable rugby players including Clive Williams (Wales and the British Lions), Tom Prydie (Wales and presently playing for the Scarlets), Ryan Bevington (Wales and presently playing for Bristol Rugby), Roddy Evans (Wales and the British Lions) and Roger Michaelson (Wales).

Porthcawl presently sit on top of WRU National League Division 3 West Central A with 19 points from 4 games.

Legends Hospitality have a number of events organised before the end of the year including Pre-Match hospitality prior to Wales vs Australia (with Lee Byrne) and Wales vs New Zealand.  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

Pre Match Rugby Hospitality Back for Autumn Tests

Getting Ready for Wales Autumn Test Matches

The British and Irish Lions series is but a distant memory as we move into October.  After the stinging criticism from players including Irishman Sean O’Brien, the Wales coaching team have an opportunity to prove themselves.

On the 11th November, Wales play Australia (kick off at 17:15).  In the recent Rugby Championship, the Wallabies just managed to finished 2nd, ahead of a lack-lustre Springboks and miles behind the champions New Zealand.  Has there ever been a better time to beat them?

Lee Bryne Shane Williams Wales vs Australia Nov 2008Pre-match, we have a hospitality events at the Radisson Blue Hotel in the centre of Cardiff.  Prior to Wales playing Australia, ex British Lions and Wales full back Lee Byrne will be talking about his rugby experiences.  Lee only retired from rugby in 2015 and has first hand experience of working with the present incumbent Wales coaching team.  He also knows how it feels to be on the winning side when playing against Australia, having played a key part and scoring a try in the 21-18 victory in 2008.  It will be interesting to hear what he has to say.

A week later, Wales entertain Georgia.  This is expected to be a physical battle for players on the fringe of the Wales first team.

Crowds in Cardiff for Wales vs All Blacks-7983And on the 25th November, the mighty All Blacks role into Cardiff.  Fresh from their demolition of Argentina, Australia and South Africa, they will be looking to brush aside Wales and build on another long winning streak.  Have the Wales coaching team and players learned enough in the summer to devise a plan to beat the men in black?  We can only but hope.

Who better to ask than our speakers James Hook and Emyr Lewis?  James Hook has played under Gatland and many people in Wales believe that he should still be in the squad.  Emyr Lewis is an ex-international with plenty to say.

The last game of the Autumn series is against South Africa on the 2nd December.  The Springboks had a mixed Rugby Championship, including a record loss against the All Blacks.  However, against Australia there were signs that the tide might be changing and this will be a real challenge for Wales.

We will have to wait and see whether the Wales coaching team can prove the doubters wrong and implement a game plan to beat the men south of the equator.

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

Phil Bennett Speaks at Caldicot RFC

British Lions Stories and Thoughts from Phil Bennett

Our latest rugby hospitality event was with the legendary Llanelli, Wales, Barbarians and British Lions fly-half Phil Bennett at Caldicot RFC in South Wales.Legends_Hospitality-234225

With the British Lions presently touring New Zealand, it was great to hear the thoughts of a player who wore the Lions red jersey in 8 tests on the 1974 and 1977 tours scoring 44 points.  He was also captain of the 1977 tour to New Zealand, which they lost 3-1.

Phil Bennett was a key member of the undefeated 1974 British Lions who toured South Africa.  However, his style of running the ball from any part of the pitch was not to the liking of tour captain, Willie John McBride, who told him to ‘not try any of that Barbarians funny stuff here’.  McBride was referring to the Barbarians vs All Blacks test match in 1973 when Bennett double-side stepped inside his own 22 and starting the move that produced, what many believe, was the greatest try ever scored.

Even though rugby has changed with the advent of professionalism, Phil explained that the ability to succeed as a British Lions squad is down to the bonding of the team as much as the capabilities of individual players.

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It was fascinating to listen to Phil’s stories from a classic rugby era, but also to hear his opinions on the modern day game.  Phil often appears as a rugby pundit on television, radio and in the printed press, and his depth of knowledge and love of the oval-balled game was clear for all to see.  It was a great night for any lover of rugby

Caldicot RFC is based near Chepstow in Monmouthshire and was founded in 1961.  In the 2016-17 season, Caldicot RFC finished tenth in the WRU National League Division 2 East with 36 points.

Legends Hospitality arrange sports hospitality events in South Wales including pre-match entertainment in Cardiff.  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

British Lions On Show In Championship Finals

Who Will Play In The First Test in New Zealand?

This weekend (27th May 2017) is the culmination of months of grueling and exciting rugby with two title deciders.  In the Guinness Pro 12, Llanelli Scarlets travel to Ireland to face Munster, and in the Aviva Premiership, Wasps take on Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham.  But which of the 8 British Lions starting in those two finals will be in the starting 15 for the first New Zealand test match in Eden Park, Auckland on 24th June 2017?

Aviva Stadium Dublin

Munster vs Llanelli Scarlets

The best of Scotland, Italy, Wales and Ireland face each other at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.  In Dublin there will be 5 Lions squad players on the pitch, with tourist Ken Owens (Scarlets) still recovering from injury.

Jonathan Davies (Scarlets)

Many people think that Davies was lucky to be selected, but when he’s on form he is difficult to handle.  Since being selected his form has improved, but he will need a big game against Munster to push his claim for a starting spot against the All Blacks on the 24th.

Conor Murray (Munster)

Murray is widely expected to secure the number 9 shirt for the first test.  His abrasive style and experience of beating the All Blacks pushes him ahead of Webb and Laidlaw.  However, he also is just returning from injury and it will be interesting to see how he performs.

Conor Murray

Peter O’Mahony

Munster captain, O’Mahony leads by example and will be a huge force to for the Scarlets back row to contain tomorrow.  The level of competition in the back row might just keep him out of the starting 15, but he could make the bench.

C J Stander (Munster)

Tough and uncompromising.  Stander has been outstanding in recent seasons and Warren Gatland has even talked about him being selected at Number 8.  Although maybe Faletau and Moriarty may have something to say about that.  Excellent chance of being selected for the 1st Test.

Liam Williams (Scarlets)

He can play anywhere across the back 3 and has even taken over the kicking duties at the Scarlets.  Making the first 15 may be just out of his reach, although his versatility might get him a place on the bench.

Wasps vs Exeter Chiefs

In Twickenham, the cream of English rugby will be fighting it out to secure the title.  For Exeter it is almost a dream, whilst Dai Young has managed to bring the magic back to Wasps.  However, only 3 Lions squad members will be on show.

Eliot Daly (Wasps)

Another versatile back 3 player who performed well in the Six Nations.  However, with the level of competition, he may struggle to get into the squad for the 1st test unless his performances on tour are outstanding.

James_Haskell_2011James Haskell (Wasps)

Drafted into the squad following Billy Vunipola’s unfortunate withdrawal.  Just because he is a late call up, doesn’t mean that he can’t secure a spot in the 22 and he will be out to show that he should have been selected from day 1.  However, competition in the back row does suggest he may be resigned to watching from the stands.

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Quick, powerful and abrasive.  With North highly likely to feature on one wing, is the 2nd berth between Nowell, Daly, Halfpenny and Hogg?  Like Daly, securing a place in the test squad may be down to outperforming his challengers on tour.

Playing in the finals will be an exciting but worrying time for all the players.  The physicality of rugby means that there will be injuries.  We wish all those playing the best of luck and he hope that they are all on that British Lions plane when it leaves the UK for New Zealand.

Legends Hospitality arrange sports hospitality events in South Wales including pre-match entertainment in Cardiff.  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