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

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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

Six Nations 2019 Preview and Ongoing Predictor

Who Will Be Crowed Champions in 2019?

On Friday 1st February 2019, France host Wales in the first game of the 2019 Six Nations.  The Stade de France stadium in Paris will be buzzing in anticipation.  But who will be holding the trophy at 7pm on the 16th March?  We look at each team’s form since the start of 2018 to give our prediction of the standings at the end of the tournament.  We also update the chart after each set of games to see how those positions change.

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England

Since the start of 2018, England’s results have been mixed and they have lost more than they have won.  Their try scoring record in the same period is great, scoring 4 or more tries on 5 occasions.  And they are on a two-game winning run after the Autumn series and were unlucky to lose against the All Blacks.  Could Eddie Jones surprise the critics and spearhead another England revival?

Statistics after round one

Won: 7

Lost: 7

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 4th

Position after one game:  4th

France

Everyone continues to wonder what has happened to France.  Their record since the start of 2018 is dismal with three victories against Argentina, Italy and England.  In that period they have failed to score 4 or more tries, a statistic that will make the blood run cold for most French supporters.  Can they turn the tide?

Statistics after round one

Won: 3

Lost: 9

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 5th

Position after one game:  5th

Ireland

Arguably and statistically the best team in the world at present.  Defeating the All Blacks for a second time in the summer and only losing one test match (against Australia in the summer test) since the start of 2018.  They match England with the number of games where they have scored more than 4 tries with 5.  At present, they are an awesome machine.  Who will have the guile to stop them?

Statistics after round one

Won:  11

Lost:  2

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 1st

Position after one game:  1st

Italy

A few years ago there were signs of improvement for the Italians, but this was been swept away as others have adapted their game.  Their only wins since January 2018 have come against Fiji and Japan and, like France, they have failed to score 4 tries or more.  But can the old dog Parisse rally his troops to cause an upset in 2019?

Statistics after round one

Won:  2

Lost:  10

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 6th

Position after one game:  6th

Scotland

When compared with England and France, Scotland’s statistics are fantastic.  Having only lost four games since the beginning of 2018, with two of them against Wales, the Scots are right to feel confident.  Also, they have the 2nd best record for scoring 4 tries or more, having achieved this in 4 test matches.  If they play to their potential, they could surprise everyone.

Statistics after round one

Won:  8

Lost:  4

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 3rd

Position after one game:  3rd

Wales

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As I am Welsh I must curb my optimism and consider this objectively.  Wales will win the Six Nations!  Hang on, let’s consider the stats.  They are on a nine game winning run that started after successive defeats against England and Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations.  They are scoring tries, with 4 or more scored in 3 tests since January 2018.  But do they have enough strength in depth?  Can they maintain that form?

Statistics after round one

Won:  12

Lost:  2

Position on form at the start of the tournament: 2nd

Position after one game:  2nd

The ‘Position on Form’ Table

We assessed each test match played since the beginning of 2018 and awarded 4 points for a win and 1 point for each game where the side scored four tries or more.  We then divided the total points by the games played to give us a points per game ratio.  Here are the standings

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 11 1 12 44 5 49 4.1
Wales 10 2 13 44 3 47 3.6
Scotland 7 4 11 28 4 32 2.9
England 6 7 13 24 5 29 2.2
France 3 8 11 12 0 12 1.1
Italy 2 9 11 8 0 8 0.7

Statistical Update After Round One

What a fantastic start to the 2019 Six Nations.  France conspired to lose against Wales on Friday night, despite an emphatic opening 40 minutes.  Scotland flattered to deceive against Italy.  And England shocked the rugby fraternity by thoroughly beating Ireland in Dublin.

So, we’ve updated our predictor and the new table is shown below.  Despite the defeat, our statistics say that Ireland will win the 2019 Six Nations simply due to the number of times they have scored 4 tries or more.  But Wales are closing the gap fast!

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 11 2 13 44 5 49 3.8
Wales 11 2 14 48 3 51 3.6
Scotland 8 4 12 32 5 37 3.1
England 7 7 14 28 6 34 2.4
France 3 9 12 12 0 12 1.0
Italy 2 10 12 8 0 8 0.7

Statistical Update After Round Two

An interesting round two.  Wales struggled to overcome a dogged Italy and missed out on a bonus point.  Ireland returned to winning ways by beating Scotland.  But it is England, who absolutely demolished France, who have emerged as the deserved favourites for the 2019 Six Nations.

But our statistical predictor tells a different story.  Based upon the performances of all the Six Nations sides since the beginning of 2018, Ireland will win the Six Nations, albeit just from Wales and due to securing more bonus point wins.  England stay at 4th, a fair reflection of their year, but not of the last two matches.  England also has the highest number of bonus points having exceeded scoring 4 tries in 7 of their last 15 tests.  That is some record.  Roll on round 3!

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 12 2 14 48 5 53 3.8
Wales 12 2 15 52 3 55 3.7
Scotland 8 5 13 32 5 37 2.8
England 8 7 15 32 7 39 2.6
France 3 10 13 12 0 12 0.9
Italy 2 11 13 8 0 8 0.6

Statistical Update After Round Three

A huge result for Wales beating England 21-13 and leaping up to 3rd in the world rankings.  Ireland flattered to deceive in Italy, but still managed to not only win but secure a bonus point in a 26-16 victory.  In Paris, the flair of France returned as they danced around the Scots to comfortably win 27-10.

Despite the Wales results, our statistics table still shows Ireland victorious.  Wales inability to secure bonus points is the only difference between the sides.  Also, England’s 8th defeat in 16 games keeps them below Scotland.

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 13 2 15 52 6 58 3.9
Wales 13 2 16 56 3 59 3.7
Scotland 8 6 14 32 5 37 2.6
England 8 8 16 32 7 39 2.4
France 4 10 14 16 0 16 1.1
Italy 2 12 14 8 0 8 0.6

Statistical Update After Round Four

Wales stutter to a 4th Six Nations victory against Scotland, setting up a Grand Slam finale in Cardiff.  The only team standing in their way is Ireland, who demolished France.  However, England wait in the shadows after trouncing Italy.

Our statistics table, calculated using the performances of all sides since January 2018, still shows Ireland winning the 2019 Six Nations.  England move up into 3rd.  But what will happen on Saturday?

Team Win Loss Games Points (4 pts for a win) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Ireland 14 2 16 56 7 63 3.9
Wales 14 2 17 60 3 63 3.7
England 9 8 17 36 7 43 2.5
Scotland 8 7 15 32 5 37 2.5
France 4 11 15 16 0 16 1.1
Italy 2 13 15 8 0 8 0.5

Statistical Update After Final Round Five

Our final table tells the story of the tournament.  Since January 2018, Wales has lost only two games; against England and Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations.  Since their last defeat against Ireland on 24th February 2018, the side has won 14 consecutive games.  A record for any Welsh side.  Wales top the table on the basis of games won, with Ireland snapping at their heels with a better bonus point record.  England edge Scotland in 3rd place.

Team Win Loss Draws Games Points (4 pts for a win 2pts draw) Bonus Points Total Points Divided By Games
Wales 15 2 0 17 60 3 63 3.71
Ireland 14 3 0 17 56 7 63 3.71
England 9 8 1 17 38 8 46 2.71
Scotland 8 7 1 15 34 6 40 2.67
France 5 11 0 16 20 0 20 1.25
Italy 2 13 0 15 8 0 8 0.53

Hospitality Packages

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 Hospitality During Six Nations 2019

Warm Up With Rugby Legends

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There has never been more excitement about a Six Nations championship.  The 2019 tournament is anticipated to be one of the best ever.  There are so many reasons for rugby fans to be salivating at the prospect including:

Nobody can under-estimate the importance of the 2019 Six Nations.

The Games

Wales play two of their five 2019 Six Nations test matches in Cardiff.  Prior to both games, Legends Hospitality will be staging pre-match entertainment in a private suite with dedicated bar at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.

Legends Hospitality Rob Jones

Wales v England (Saturday 23rd February at 16:45) with rugby legends Rob Jones, JPR Williams and JJ Williams.

Wales v Ireland (Saturday 16 March at 14:45) with Wales and British Lions winger J. J. Williams (replacing former Wales lock and captain Gareth Llewellyn) and ex-Irish international Mick Quinn.

Hospitality Packages

Packages for both Six Nations home games include:

  • 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

 

 

 

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

 

Wales vs Ireland Rugby History

Celtic Rivalry on the Rugby Field

Ireland travel to Cardiff to face Wales in the Principality Stadium on Friday 10th March 2017.  The night-time kick-off time brings an added edge to a crucial game for both sides.

In the Six Nations since 2010, both sides have won three times, with a 16-16 draw the last time the sides played in Dublin in 2016.  Two of the last three games in Cardiff have been won by Ireland.

Rugby Union - 2015 RBS 6 Nations - Wales v Ireland - Millennium Stadium

On that Friday night in Cardiff, Ireland will be aiming to keep their Six Nations dream alive after their shock 27-22 defeat in Murrayfield has been followed by victories over Italy and France.

For Wales, a victory is needed to salvage something from a disappointing Six Nations, with the opening victory against Italy followed by a close defeat by England and a humiliating loss in Scotland.

This is a crunch test match.

Playing Ireland has never been easy.  Since the first test match took place in Dublin in January 1882, Wales have had more success with 67 victories against Ireland’s 50 wins, with 7 draws.  However, in Ireland the wins are 28 each with 5 draws.  Cardiff has been the happier hunting ground for Wales, with 36 victories against Ireland’s 20 with 2 draws.

Before every Wales vs Ireland test match, the media have been heard to report that Cardiff has been a happy hunting ground for Ireland, with 5 victories against 3 since the Six Nations began in 2000.  However, recent results are far more even.

Rob Howley and his men have to regroup after the calamitous second half display in Edinburgh.  Ireland, high on confidence after the summer win against the All Blacks and solid performances against Italy and Ireland, are the bookies favourites.

Can Wales combat the physicality of the Irish?  And can they convert the opportunities they create?  By 10pm on Friday 10th March, we will know.

Prior to the test match in Cardiff, Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees will be speaking at a pre-match hospitality event at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  It will be enlightening to hear what a current player and ex Wales and British & Irish Lions capped hooker thinks about the Wales performance in Scotland and his thoughts on playing Ireland.  Maybe he will even mention the infamous try/no try in 2011.

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

 

 

 

Matthew Rees Talks Rugby Before Wales Play Ireland

Pre-Match Hospitality with Matthew Rees in Cardiff

Prior to the Six Nations test match between Wales and Ireland on Friday 10th March 2017, guests will be treated with rugby tales from Cardiff Blues, Wales, and British & Irish Lions hooker, Matthew Rees.

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In a Wales career that started in 2005 against the USA,  Matthew won 61 caps, making him the most capped hooker in Welsh rugby history.  He captained Wales in the 2011 Six Nations, but missed the World Cup in the same year due to a neck injury.  His last Wales cap was against South Africa in June 2014.

wales-british-lions-front-rowIn 2009, Matthew toured South Africa with the British & Irish Lions, winning 3 caps and being selected in the middle of a complete Wales front row for the second test.  The last time a complete Welsh front row had packed down for the Lions was in 1955.

As well at gaining Wales and British & Irish Lions honours, Matthew’s rugby career has seen him play in the colours of Merthyr, Pontypridd, Celtic Warriors, and Llanelli Scarlets, before moving to the Cardiff Blues for the 2013-14 season.  It was whilst at Pontypridd, that Matthew was nicknamed ‘Smiler’.  In May 2016, Matthew signed a new Cardiff Blues contract.

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At the Legends Hospitality pre-match event, Matthew will be talking about his life in rugby.  It will also be interesting to hear the views of a current professional who has played at the highest level.  By the time Matthew stands to speak, Wales will have played another test match against Scotland at Murrayfield and Ireland will have played France.  With both Wales and Ireland already losing one test match each, neither can afford a second defeat.

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