Memorable Welsh Rugby Success
There is a unique atmosphere in Cardiff when England travel across the bridge to play Wales at rugby. There is a buzz and excitement among the throngs of red-shirt wearing supporters as they sip their pints of Brains SA. You can almost hear the thoughts of fans wishing and praying for a Wales victory. There is no other atmosphere like it.
It is also fair to say that the game probably means more to the Welsh public than the English. For England, it is just another tough test match, although the cauldron of the Arms Park or Millennium Stadium has terrified the men in white into submission previously.
In recent years, England has dominated the Six Nations matches, but there is a history of great games between the two sides. However, the first memorable victory came at Twickenham in the World Cup 2015 group stages.
England 25 Wales 28, World Cup 2015, Twickenham, 26th September 2015
This was England’s home World Cup and they found themselves in the group of death with Wales and Australia. Wales had failed to beat Australia (yet again) and so their only chance of progressing was to beat England on home soil.
After falling behind and losing several key players to injury, late on in the game replacement scrum-half turned wing Lloyd Williams, broke down the left hand touchline and put in a kick behind the English defence. Whilst sprinting at pace, Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies picked up the ball and touched down under the posts. England never recovered and went on to lose. The defeat also resulted in Stuart Lancaster losing his job as England coach.
Wales 30 England 3, Six Nations 2013, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 16th March 2013
The English were on a role and the Grand Slam and Six Nations title seemed within their grasps when they travelled down to Cardiff for the final game of the 2013 championship. Wales, being coached by Rob Howley whilst Warren Gatland took a British and Irish Lions sabbatical, had lost the opening game against Ireland. They followed up with wins against France in Paris, Italy in Rome, and Scotland in Edinburgh. If they were to win the championship, they were going to do it the hard way.
For whatever reason, England just did not turn up. The Wales back row of Warburton, Faletau and Tipuric were immense and dominated the collision area. By the 66th minute England had conceded 2 Cuthbert tries and were 27-3 down. They never recovered. Wales left the Millennium Stadium clutching the trophy snatched out of English hands.
Wales 11 England 9, Six Nations 2005, Twickenham, 5th February 2005
Wales faced England in the opening match of the 2005 Six Nations on the back of 7 consecutive defeats against the men in white. However, 2005 was the year of the dragon. The year when Wales would secure a first Grand Slam since 1976.
Under the watchful eye of referee Steve Walsh and with an exceptionally long penalty kick by Gavin Henson, Wales secured victory. The only try of the game was scored by legend Shane Williams and proved to the springboard towards a famous Grand Slam.
Pre Match Hospitality Prior to Wales playing England on Saturday 11th February 2017
Prior to this year’s Six Nations contest between Wales and England in Cardiff on Saturday 11th February, England and British and Irish Lions legend, David Duckham will be talking about the rivalry at a pre-match hospitality event run by Legends Hospitality. Duckham is often called the ‘Honorary Welshman’ because of his flair and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say. David will also be joined by Wales and British Lions full back, JPR Williams MBE for a Q&A.
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