Mick Quinn Entertains Before Wales Win Grand Slam

Wales vs Ireland Rugby Lunch in Cardiff

The 2019 Six Nations was drawing to a close with a Wales vs Ireland Grand Slam decider in Cardiff.  Rugby fans were flooding into the Welsh capital from all over Wales and Ireland.  There was an air of expectation hanging in the wind swept rain.

Legends Hospitality Mick Quinn

At the Radisson Blu in Cardiff, guests took shelter from the awful weather, enjoying a 3-course meal swilled down by plenty of beer and wine.  The room was also serenaded by the Cardiff Male Choir.

Rugby Stories

Legends Hospitality Mick Quinn

Our first guest speaker on the day was Wales and British Lions winger J. J. Williams.  JJ featured in many of the Wales rugby victories in the 1970s.  In 1974, he toured South Africa with the Lions and was a revelation on the hard grounds.  He played in all four tests.  He toured with the Lions for a second time in 1978 and played in three tests against the New Zealand All Blacks.

Legends Hospitality Mick Quinn

However, the room was reduced to tears of laughter when Mick Quinn took the stage.  Between 1973 and 1981, Quinn won ten caps for Ireland as a fly-half.  There was a twinkle in his eye and a cheeky grin on his face as he told his rugby stories.

The Grand Slam

The focus then returned to the Wales vs Ireland game.  There was a quiet buzz of confidence from all those wearing red.  After Wales had demolished Ireland in a one-side 25-7 Grand Slam winning victory, guests returned to the Radisson Blu wet from the heavy rain but with huge smiles etched on their faces.

Wales v Ireland 2019

In the warmth of the Radisson Blu, our guests watched the incredible England vs Scotland Six Nations game as they enjoyed some post match food and celebrated with beer and wine.

Saturday 16th March 2019 had been a perfect day!

Rugby Hospitality

We are now turning our attention to the Rugby World Cup.  In the Autumn we are organising rugby legends to speak at sports clubs across South Wales.  Many rugby and golf clubs are organising ‘An Evening With…’ rugby dinners on the evening before Wales play in the World Cup.

To discuss booking a rugby speaker, please contact Paul on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

All photographs taken by Paul Fears Photography

Legends Hospitality Mick Quinn

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Wales Play Ireland In Grand Slam Decider

Six Nations 2019 Climax in Cardiff

On Saturday 16th March 2019, Wales will have the chance to secure the Six Nations championship and secure their twelfth Grand Slam.  But how good is this Wales team and do they deserve to have a chance of a Grand Slam?  Let’s look at the facts and figures.

The Recent Wales Record

  1. The Wales team is on a record twelve match winning sequence. In that time they have beaten South Africa, Australia and England;
  2. The last side to beat Wales was Ireland (37-27) on the 24th February 2018 in Dublin.
  3. Their self-belief was evident in the opening Six Nations game against France. At half time, Wales trailed by 16 points after 2 France tries.  3 tries in the second half contributed to a 24-19 victory.  A record comeback in any Six or Five Nations championship game;
  4. Wales changed 10 players to face Italy in Rome in their second Six Nations game. Despite a struggle, Wales win 26-15, scoring and conceding 2 tries;
  5. The old enemy arrived in Cardiff on a formidable run of form. England had beaten the much-fancied Ireland in Dublin and demolished France at Twickenham.  Scoring 2 tries to England’s 1, Wales secured a famous and impressive victory 21-13;
  6. As the only unbeaten side in the 2019 Six Nations, Wales travelled to Scotland. They became only the second team in three years to beat Scotland at Murrayfield.  After a controlled first half scoring 2 tries, they withstood a barrage of Scottish attack to win 18-11;

The Grand Slam

Wales’ final Six Nations game is against Ireland in Cardiff.  Three Grand Slams have been secured by Wales in the Six Nations era:

  1. 2005 when Wales beat Ireland 32-20 in the final game Cardiff and secured their first Grand Slam since 1978;
  2. 2008, in Gatland’s first season as coach, when Wales beat France 29-12 in the final game in Cardiff;
  3. 2012 when entertained France in the final game again and secured a 16-9 win in Cardiff;

On paper, Ireland start as favourites.  Apart from their loss against England, the Irish form in recent years has been fantastic and includes a famous victory against New Zealand.  They have got better with each game through the Six Nations, including the destruction of France in Dublin.

The Wales vs Ireland Six Nations game will be physical and the question is whether Wales’ belief and exceptional work ethic can inspire them to secure that final Grand Slam and Six Nations championship winning victory.

Hospitality for the Ireland Game

At the Wales v Ireland pre-match lunch on Saturday 16 March at 14:45, we will be joined by ex-Irish international Mick Quinn and British Lions and Wales flyer J.J. Williams.  There are a small number of places left.  Please contact us as soon as possible to reserve a place.

Hospitality Packages

Our Wales vs Ireland pre-match hospitality event includes:

  • Superb 3-course lunch;
  • Guest rugby personalities talking talk about life in the game;
  • A Welsh Male Voice Choir;
  • Match day gift;
  • Bar table service during the speeches;
  • A big screen to watch the game for those not going to the stadium. ;

There are three tiers of tickets (along bespoke packages can be provided on request):

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.  £139 + VAT per head

Level Two Enhanced

Free Bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off and match-day gift.  £119 + VAT per head

Level Three Classic

Pay as you go bar,  and a match-day gift.  £89 + VAT per head

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

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Robert Jones Entertains Before Wales Beat England

Rugby Tales from Wales and British Lions Scrum Half Robert Jones

Legends Hospitality Rob Jones

From the moment Cardiff woke up on Saturday morning, there was a special buzz in the air.  It was Six Nations international day and the English were coming to town.

The Wales vs England fixture is always special, especially in Cardiff.  In recent years, England have had the upper hand, winning the last four games.  But there was belief in Wales.  The team had already won 11 test matches in a row and were going for a record twelfth.

Pre Match Warm Up with Robert Jones

Legends Hospitality Rob Jones

Our pre-match rugby lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff started with a rousing performance from the Cardiff Male Choir.  The Welsh voices rattled the rafters and brought tears to our guests eyes.

Then, Robert Jones treated our guests to some great rugby stories.  The British Lions and Wales scrum half talked about the infamous ‘Battle of Ballymore’ duel with Nick Farr-Jones in the second Lions test in 1989.  Robert also gave his views on the present Wales side, predicting a victory if the team performed to their true abilities.  His comments proved to be quite insightful.

After dinner, Wales and British Lions legendary full-back JPR Williams joined us for a Q&A.  He talked frankly about the modern game.  His comments about the importance of playing players in their recognised positions proved very astute, with Wales full back Liam Williams outstanding and being named Man Of The Match.

Legends Hospitality Rob Jones

Amazing Newbridge artist Patrick Killian produced a painting of JPR at the event.  Patrick’s paintings feature many iconic sporting and boxing legends including Anthony Joshua.  He was also displaying an incredible painting of the 2005 Wales Grand Slam, signed by most of the players.

Our guests left for the stadium with smiles on their faces and stomachs full of food and beer.

A selection of photographs from the event can be seen on the website of our resident photographer Paul Fears Photography

A Marvellous Victory

In an astoundingly physical test match, Wales out-thought England to secure their record twelfth consecutive victory.  It was a hugely impressive performance against an England team touted as prospective Six Nations champions.

Wales march on to face Scotland in two week’s time.  And then return to Cardiff to face the present champions Ireland.

Hospitality for the Ireland Game

At the Wales v Ireland pre-match lunch on Saturday 16 March at 14:45, we will be joined by Wales and British Lions winger J J Williams (replacing former Wales lock and captain Gareth Llewellyn) and ex-Irish international Mick Quinn.  There are a small number of places left.  Please contact us as soon as possible to reserve a place.

Hospitality Packages

Our Wales vs Ireland pre-match hospitality event includes:

  • Superb 3-course lunch;
  • Guest rugby personalities talking talk about life in the game;
  • A Welsh Male Voice Choir;
  • Match day gift;
  • Bar table service during the speeches;
  • A big screen to watch the game for those not going to the stadium. ;

There are three tiers of tickets (along bespoke packages can be provided on request):

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.  £139 + VAT per head

Level Two Enhanced

Free Bar (beers and wines only) until kick-off and match-day gift.  £119 + VAT per head

Level Three Classic

Pay as you go bar,  and a match-day gift.  £89 + VAT per head

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

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Legends Hospitality Rob Jones

5 Facts About Wales Playing England

Wales vs England Rugby Facts

Leading up to the 2019 Six Nations clash between Wales and England, we discuss 5 potentially lesser known facts.

Fact 1 – Wales has lost to England more times that any other test side

england-rugby

Since 1881, Wales and England have played 130 times.  Wales have won 57 times, England 61 times, with 12 draws.  Wales has played against England more times than any other nation and lost more times.

Fact 2 – England have more wins than Wales since beginning of 2010

Since the beginning of 2010, England has registered 9 victories against 4 for Wales.  Wales last beat England at Twickenham on 26th September 2015 in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, securing a 28-25 victory.

Fact 3 – England Score More Tries

Gareth Davies Scoring against England

England have scored 22 tries to Wales 17 in the 14 tests played since the beginning of 2010.  However, in the last 3 tests, England have outscored Wales 9 to 2!

Fact 4 – 62 Different Players Have Started the Last 4 Tests

In the last four games between Wales and England (12th March 2016 to 10th February 2018), there have been 28 different players starting for England and 34 for Wales.  8 different players have featured in the Wales back 3.  England won all 4 tests.  For the February 2019 test, there are no new players for Wales, but five new starters for England.

Fact 5 – Losing Steak for Wales Against England

The present run of 4 defeats in a row for Wales is their worst against England since a 7 match losing streak.  That previous losing streak started with a 46-12 loss at Twickenham in March 2000 and ended with a narrow 11-9 victory in Cardiff on February 2005.

Hospitality Packages

There are packages for the forthcoming Six Nations Ireland games which 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.  Further details can be found on ‘Rugby Hospitality During Six Nations 2019‘ but availability is limited.

For more information about having Rugby Legend speak at your rugby or golf club, or pre-match rugby hospitality for the Six Nations Internationals please do not hesitate to contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

Our 2018 Review

Great Rugby Conversation from Rugby Legends

2018 has been another exciting year.  Here is a quick review:

February

Rory Lawson and Alix Popham Predictions Proved Wrong

Wales 34-7 victory against Scotland caught both our guests off guard.  Rory and Alix joined us for the pre-match entertainment and lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  Their was a general thought that this would be a close game, but Wales dominated.  It was a sign of things to come.

Photographs from the event with Rory and Alix can be seen on the Paul Fears Photography website.

March

David Duckham Entertains at the Parc Golf Club in Newport

David Duckham was the blonde bombshell of his time, electrifying stadiums with his graceful, swerving running.  He was so good that the Wales rugby public adopted him as one of their own, naming his ‘Dai Duckham’.  During the evening he talked about playing for England, the Barbarians and the British and Irish Lions.

June

Phil Bennett Captivates Pontyclun RFC

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.

Photos from the dinner at Pontyclun Rugby Club.

July

Rugby Union Tales from Rob Jones at Pontypridd Golf Club

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.

Photos from the evening at Pontypridd Golf Club.

Hospitality Packages

We want to thank all our guests and speakers for their support in 2018.  We have enjoyed every minute and we hope you have.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2019.

There are packages for the forthcoming Six Nations England and Ireland games which 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.  Further details can be found on ‘Rugby Hospitality During Six Nations 2019‘ but availability is limited.

For more information about having Rugby Legend speak at your rugby or golf club, or pre-match rugby hospitality for the Six Nations Internationals please do not hesitate to contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

 

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

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