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

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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.

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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

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

Facts on Wales vs Australia

There is always a special buzz around when Wales take on the Wallabies.  Maybe it is because out of all the Southern Hemisphere sides, Wales have tasted success more frequently against the men in gold.

Here are some other facts about Wales playing Australia:

  • They have played each other 39 times, with 28 victories to the Wallabies, 10 to Wales and 1 draw;
  • Australia have outscored Wales 912 to 596 in all 39 tests;
  • Australia is presently on their longest winning streak against Wales (11 tests since November 2009);
  • Highest Wallaby victory was 63 -6 in Australia on 22 July 1991;
  • Highest Wales victory was 28-3 in Wales on 20 December 1975;
  • The 2 teams first met in Wales on 12 December 1908 with Wales winning 9-6;
  • The Wallabies 15-6 win in the 2015 Rugby World Cup test in Twickenham was the first time neither side have scored a try;

This year’s Wales vs Australia looks like being another humdinger, with the Wallabies smarting and wounded after a poor Rugby Championship down under.

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Prior to the test in Cardiff, Legends Hospitality stage an event at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  The private function is ideal with easy access to a bar and a warm meal.  Ex Wales and British Lions international, Dafydd James is the guest speaker and will be available to discuss rugby, sign autographs and have photographs.

For further information on the event please contact Paul on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

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Dafydd James Guests for Legends

Dafydd James Speaks at the Wales versus Australia Hospitality Event

Ex Wales and British Lions rugby star, Dafydd James, will be the guest speaker at the Legends Hospitality event for the Wales versus Australia test match on Saturday 5th November 2016.

Dafydd 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 fast 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.

The Legends Hospitality event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff gives rugby fans a chance to meet Dafydd and hear his thoughts on the chances of Wales beating Australia.  Further details on attending the hospitality event can be found on the website or by simply calling Paul Fielding on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

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The Wallabies Come To Cardiff

Wales Play Australia in the 1st Test of the Autumn Series on Saturday, 5th November 2016

The last time Wales beat Australia was on Saturday 29th November 2008.  In a packed Millennium Stadium, both sides crossed for two tries each.  Shane Williams and Lee Byrne scored for Wales, with Digby Ioane and Mark Chisholm replying for the Wallabies in a 21-18 victory.   The deciding factor was outside-half Stephen Jones, who kicked 2 penalties, 1 conversion and a drop goal.  Highlights of the match can be seen on the WRU’s YouTube channel.

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In the 8 years since that last victory, Wales have played Australia 11 times, losing on every occasion.  Some games have been close (8 of the 11 have been lost by less than 7 points), but the facts remain the same. Wales struggle to beat Australia.

Playing in that last winning test match in 2008 were 3 players who can expect to be part of the Wales squad for the Autumn internationals.  In the front row, there is the Peter Pan of Welsh rugby, Gethin Jenkins.  In the 2nd row, there is the powerhouse of Alun Wyn Jones.  And in the inside-centre is the colossus that is Jamie Roberts.

All 3 players also tasted the sweetness of victory on the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013.

So what, if anything is different this time?

Rob Howley steps up into the position of Head Coach whilst Warren Gatland takes a sabbatical with the Lions.  Matt Sherratt from the Cardiff Blues has been drafted in to look after the backs.  The incumbents of Shaun Edwards and Neil Jenkins remain.

There are doubts over the fitness of some key players.  Sam Warbuton’s broken cheekbone may means that he misses the series, although our injury list is nothing like the growing one facing England.

The more expansive style that Wales played in New Zealand was applauded throughout world rugby circles, but doesn’t that just play into the Wallabies hands?

Certainly, Australia are smarting after a tough Rugby Championship and the performances of Wales in the summer have been given greater credence as the All Blacks dominated the tournament.

There is one thing for certain.  This will be uncompromising, tough rugby that is not for the fainthearted.  And maybe it is time for the Wales team to carve out a little history and make Jenkins, Jones and Roberts winners in red jerseys once again.

Prior to the test match, Legends Hospitality, will be hosting hospitality at the Radisson Hotel in Cardiff.  In a private function area, there is a private bar and hot meal.

dafydd-james-british-and-irish-lions-vs-australiaWales and Lions great, Dafydd James, is the guest speaker, talking about his playing and pundit career in rugby.  The intimacy of the event means that people get the opportunity to meet and talk to Dafydd as well as having their photo taken and getting signatures.  The event is an ideal and inexpensive way to start the day without having to fight the crowds in search of a drink or to get some food.

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