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.

Paul Fears 12th October 2016

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