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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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.

Lee Bryne Shane Williams Wales vs Australia Nov 2008

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

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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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

3 Great Wales Victories Against Ireland

Classic Rugby International Wins for Wales Against Ireland

The Wales vs Ireland Six Nations fixture has grown in intensity in recent years.  Whether that is because of the Warren Gatland association or the closely contested Guinness Pro 12 is unclear.  Nevertheless, Friday night’s fixture will undoubtedly be feisty.

Wales approach Friday’s Six Nations test match on the back of two consecutive defeats.  In contract, Ireland have bounced back with two victories after losing in Scotland.  There is pressure on the Wales team and coaching staff.  This is heralded as a must-win test match, but aren’t they all?

So, we look back, at some great Wales victories in the modern era.

Wales 32 Ireland 20, Six Nations, Millennium Stadium, 19th March 2005

Mike Rudduck had masterminded a brilliant Six Nations and on the final weekend of the 2005 season, Wales had a chance to secure their first Grand Slam since 1978.  The atmosphere in the whole of Wales was electric and, for the first time in decades, the Welsh rugby faithful believed.

Wales had not beaten Ireland in the previous five attempts.  Only 3 years previously, Ireland had hammered Wales 54-10 in Dublin.  This wasn’t going to be easy.

Gethin Jenkins helped calm the nerves, charging down a Ronan O’Gara kick before side footing and then falling on the ball to score the opening try.  Wales lead by 16-6 at the break.

When Kevin Morgan scored the 2nd try to put Wales 29-6 up, we all thought that it was all over.  But no.  Back came Ireland, with tries from Marcus Horan and Geordan Murphy.  However, the magnificent Stephen Jones had kept the point ticking over finishing with 16 points.

And then the whole of Wales celebrated their 9th Grand Slam, 18th Triple Crown and 23rd title.  An incredible day!

Wales 22 Ireland 10, Rugby World Cup, Regional Stadium,Wellington, New Zealand, 8th October 2011.

It was the quarter finals of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.  Ireland were the favorites after winning all 4 pool games, including a 15-6 win against Australia.

In front of over 35,000 fans, Wales ran in 3 tries to Ireland’s 1.  Shane Williams scored after only 3 minutes to help Wales secure a 10-3 lead at half -time.  After the break, Ireland came right back into the game with a Keith Earls try.  But there was no stopping the Wales team of 2011.

On 51 minutes, Mike Phillips made a blindside break to score a vital try.  13 minutes later the dominance of the Welsh team saw Jonathan Davies collect a poor kick, fend off Cian Healey and burst through to score a try.

Ireland fought to the bitter end, but Wales held out and marched onto the infamous semi-final against France.

Wales 23 Ireland 21, Six Nations, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, 5th February 2012

In a classic encounter, Wales staged a thrilling comeback to open the 2012 Six Nations campaign with a victory.  Two tries from Jonathan Davies and one from George North with only 4 minutes to play, were enough to beat the Irish on their home turf.

At half-time, Ireland led 10-5 and travelling fans were left wondering whether their exploits in the 2011 World Cup were just a distant memory.  They need not have worried.

In the second half, Wales played with width and depth.  Ronan O’Gara kept the Irish in touch and they led until a 79th minute tip tackle from Stephen Ferris gave Leigh Halfpenny the chance to win the game.

Wales went on to win the championship and secure their 11th Grand Slam.

Rugby Hospitality with Matthew Rees

Prior to the Wales vs Ireland Six Nations test on Friday, Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees will be our guest speaker at a pre-match hospitality dinner (Radisson Blue Hotel , Cardiff).  He will be giving his views on Wales performances in 2017, and also talk about which Welsh and Irish players may be flying out to New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions in the summer.

For more information or to book a place at the Pre-Match hospitality event with Matthew Rees, please contact Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website