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

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Rugby Hospitality with Phil Davies

Phil Davies on Rugby before Wales Beat South Africa

On Saturday 26th November 2016, Legends Hospitality held a pre-match (Wales vs South Africa) hospitality event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff.  The guest speaker was Namibia coach Phil Davies, who sat and talked with guests about the challenges of professional rugby and the modern international game.

During a Q&A. compere, Paul Fielding, asked Phil a number of leading questions which kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

Legends Hospitality with Phil DaviesThere was a wry smile when Phil was asked about English second row forward, Wade Dooley, and the infamous ‘Battle of Cardiff’ in 1987.  However, it was Phil’s insight into the culture of rugby in Namibia and South Africa that proved the most intriguing.  There is no doubt that South African rugby is in a period of very difficult transition and that politics are playing a big part in the demise of the once-great Springboks.

What was apparent during the Q&A session was Phil’s depth of rugby knowledge and appreciation of the challenges facing coaches in today’s results drive world.  As the coach of Namibia, Phil has travelled to many other African rugby states and experienced things that many international coaches would never wish to encounter.

At the end of the event, as Phil was putting on his coat to head to the Principality Stadium, I asked him for his match prediction.  “Wales by 14 points,” he said.  Wales eventually won 27-13.  A pretty accurate prediction from an international coach with rugby running through his veins.

Photographs at the hospitality event were taken by Paul Fears Photography and can be viewed on his website.

Legends Hospitality is now taking bookings for pre-match hospitality prior to Wales playing England and Ireland in the 2017 Six Nations Championship.  For more information please contact Paul on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Legends Hospitality with Phil Davies

Pre Springboks Match Lunch with Phil Davies

Namibia Coach Phil Davies Talks Rugby Before Wales Play South Africa

Beating Argentina has given Wales an opportunity to finish the Autumn test series in style.  Although it is important not to underestimate Japan, Wales can expect to win.  That leaves a tasty final test against South Africa on Saturday 26th November 2016 at 17:30.

Prior to the game in Cardiff, Legends is holding a rugby lunch at the Radison Blu Hotel.  Speaking at the rugby lunch is present coach of Namibia, Phil Davies.

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Phil Davies won 46 caps for Wales between 1985 and 1995.  He was a member of the 1988 Wales team that won the Triple Crown and shared the Five Nations Championship with France.  His career started with Llanelli in 1982, where he went on to play 350 times until his retirement in 1995.

He has a wealth of coaching experience, starting with Leeds Tykes in 1996 and taking up the head coach reigns at Scarlets, Wales U20, Cardiff Blues, RGC 1404 and most recently Namibia.

Following Wales recent performances, it will be interesting to hear the views of an incumbent international rugby coach.

The hospitality rugby lunch at the Radison Blu offers the ideal opportunity for fans to savour the atmosphere of the day.  In the warmth of a private room, there is a rugby curry lunch and easy access to private bars.  A large screen will be featuring rugby old and new, and will feature the game for people not going to the stadium.  Phil Davies will be talking about his rugby experiences and thoughts on international rugby.  Please note that places at the event are limited to ensure that people have the opportunity to meet and talk with Phil in person.

Prices to attend the Rugby Lunch are £29.00 per person or £260 for a table of 10.

For more information on the pre-match hospitality event with Phil Davies at the Radison Blu hotel, please contact Paul on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

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