Dafydd James Talks Rugby

Dafydd James made his reputation in the red of the Scarlets, Wales and the British and Irish Lions in a rugby career that spanned over 15 years.  At our rugby lunch prior to the 2020 Six Nations test match between Wales and France, Dafydd talked about his life as a rugby player during a time of evolution into professionalism.  Since retiring as a player, Dafydd is regularly seen and heard as a rugby pundit on both television and radio.  Since 2010, Dafydd has also been a motivational speaker, fitness coach and personal trainer.

Photographs from the pre-match hospitality lunch.

This was the second of three lunches held prior to Wales’ Six Nations games in Cardiff.  On the 14th March 2020, there is a Scottish flavour to our lunch prior to Wales playing Scotland when we are joined by Scotland and British Lions fly-half Craig Chalmers.

For more details go to:  Six Nations 2020 Pre-Match Hospitality

Hospitality Packages

Our Wales pre-match hospitality event includes:

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

For further details on the packages available, including bespoke packages, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Derek Bevan at Glyncorrwg RFC

Derek Bevan is widely recognised as one of the best ever rugby union referees.  In all illustrious career, Derek officiated over 11 Rugby World Cup games and 44 tests.  After hanging up his boots, he became a Television Match Official (TMO), finally retiring in May 2016.

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Derek presided over rugby matches before there was extensive camera coverage.  The game of rugby union was very different, with often violent encounters between players.  With wit and authority, Derek developed a reputation as one of the world’s best referees.  His career pinnacle was refereeing the 1991 Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham when Australia beat England 12-6.  He is only one of eight to referee a World Cup Final.

On Friday 7th February 2020, Glyncorrwg RFC hosted ‘An Evening with Derek Bevan’.

 

Sporting Personalities Guesting at Rugby, Football, Golf and Sports Clubs

Legends Hospitality organise speakers for club dinners and pre-match lunches.  Presently, we are taking bookings for pre-match entertainment prior to the 2020 Six Nations rugby internationals in Cardiff – Six Nations 2020 Pre-Match Hospitality

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

Garin Jenkins Speaks Prior to Wales Beating Italy

Garin Jenkins was our guest speaker at our Italian lunch before Wales and Italy kicked off the 2020 Six Nations.  The lunch was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff, a short walk away from the Principality Stadium.

Garin mingled with guests and then spoke about his life as an international rugby player, including some amusing anecdotes about ex-Wales and All Blacks coach Graham Henry and the Australian Welshman Jason Jones-Hughes.

Another great early and late afternoon and the perfect start to the 2020 Six Nations.

All photographs taken by Paul Fears Photography.

This was the first of three lunches held prior to Wales’ Six Nations games in Cardiff.  On Saturday 22nd February, prior to Wales facing France in Cardiff, our guest speaker is Wales and British Lions winger Dafydd James.  There is a Scottish flavour to our lunch prior to Wales playing Scotland when we are joined by Scotland and British Lions fly-half Craig Chalmers.

For more details go to:  Six Nations 2020 Pre-Match Hospitality

Hospitality Packages

Our Wales pre-match hospitality event includes:

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

For further details on the packages available, including bespoke packages, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

 

Rob Jones at Porthcawl RFC

Rob Jones MBE is widely regarded as one of the finest scrum halves to wear a Wales rugby jersey.  At a special dinner hosted at Porthcawl RFC, Rob talked about a career that started at Swansea RFC and included 54 caps for Wales and 3 for the British and Irish Lions on their series winning tour of Australia in 1989.

Here is a small selection of photographs from the dinner.

 

Sporting Personalities Guesting at Rugby, Football, Golf and Sports Clubs

Legends Hospitality organise speakers for club dinners and pre-match lunches.  Presently, we are taking bookings for pre-match entertainment prior to the 2020 Six Nations rugby internationals in Cardiff – Six Nations 2020 Pre-Match Hospitality

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

Six Nations 2020 Pre-Match Hospitality

Prior to the Wales Six Nations test matches in Cardiff, Legends Hospitality is hosting three pre-match hospitality lunches at the Radisson Blu in Cardiff.

Wales vs Italy (1st February 2020) with Garin Jenkins

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Between 1991 and 2002, Garin Jenkins won 58 caps as a hooker, including playing at the rugby world cup in 1991, 1995 and 1999.  He played his rugby at Swansea RFC, also captaining The Whites.  He was widely regarded as one of the hardest men in rugby and never took a step backward.  When Graham Henry became Wales coach in 1998. most people thought Garin’s Wales career was over.  However, under advice Henry brought Garin back into the fold and found one of the most committed and loyal players in his squad.

Wales vs France (22nd February 2020) with Dafydd James

Dafydd James started his career in 1995 with Bridgend RFC and went on to represent Wales 51 times, scoring 11 tries.  In 2001, he also played in all 3 British and Irish Lions tests in Australia and scored 1 of the 4 tries in the opening series victory.

Most of his career was spent flying down the wing.  He was quick and his size (6ft 4 1/2 inches) meant that he often terrorized his opposite number.

After starting his rugby union career with Bridgend RFC, he went on to represent 8 different clubs.  He first made a name for himself at Sardis Road with Pontypridd, before moving west to Llanelli in 1999.  His longest club association was with the Welsh regional side, Llanelli Scarlets, where we made 72 appearances between 2005 and 2009, scoring .  points. His ended his rugby playing career with English premiership side Sale in 2010.

Since 2009, Dafydd has been a familiar face on TV as a rugby union sports pundit, but is also a motivational speaker, fitness coach and personal trainer.

Wales vs Scotland (14th March 2020) with Craig Chalmers

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Over 11 years, between 1989 and 1999, Craig Chalmers won 60 Scotland caps, scoring 166 points.  He also played for the British and Irish Lions once in 1989, scoring 6 points.  Craig’s rugby career started with Border Reivers in 1996.  He then went on to play for Edinburgh Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Harlequins and finally Worcester Warriors, retiring in 2003.

Since retiring, Craig has built a reputation as a well-respected motivational and after-dinner speaker, featuring in rugby and sports events across the UK.

Hospitality Packages

Our Wales pre-match hospitality event includes:

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

For further details on the packages available, including bespoke packages, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782545 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

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

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

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.

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

 

 

Rugby Talk From Gareth Llewellyn

Wales Captain Entertains Guests Prior to Wales Playing Australia

Gareth Llewellyn is well respected as someone who doesn’t hold back with his opinions.  He speaks with great authority having made 92 appearances for Wales, captaining the side on 7 occasions.  Prior to Wales taking on Australia in Cardiff (10th November 2018), Gareth will be our guest at the pre-match hospitality lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

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Australia arrive in Wales having lost four of their six fixtures in the recent Rugby Championship including a rare home defeat to Argentina.  History tells us that a wounded Australia can be a dangerous animal.  However, there is excitement and hope in the Wales camp.  The successful Summer tour has raised expectations.

It will be interested to hear Gareth’s views on this renewed optimism.  This is the last Autumn series under the Gatland reign and is seen as an important stepping stone towards next year’s World Cup.  And who will Gareth select as the Wales number 7?

Gareth had a colourful rugby career.  He was part of the all-dominating Neath pack on the late 1980s early 1990s before moving across the water to Harlequins.  In 2000 he returned to Neath before joining regional rugby with the formation of the Ospreys in 2003.  As with many rugby players, he also enjoyed a short stay in France with Narbonne for the 2004 – 2005 season.

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In recent years, he is widely acclaimed as a frankly honest rugby pundit.  It will be interesting to hear his views on Wales prospects for the next Six Nations and the forthcoming World Cup.

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