Lunch with David Duckham at Cae Court

A Rugby Fueled Special Friday Lunch

On Friday 10th February, the day before Wales entertain England in Cardiff, English rugby legend David Duckham will be the guest speaker at a special lunch in Cae Court, Bridgend.

Cae Court overlooks the River Ogmore and is regarded as one of the best restaurants in South Wales.  Their head chef has a background in fine dining, but has developed an extraordinary talent for fusing flavours from around the world.  Working with local suppliers, he sources the finest ingredients and grows many of his own herbs.

David Duckham returns to Wales ready to speak at the Legends Hospitality pre-match hospitality event at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Cardiff on match day.  He is a rugby icon of England, the Barbarians, and the British and Irish Lions, and is often called an ‘Honorary Welshman’.

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Watch out for announcements of other special rugby lunches in South Wales.

The rugby lunch in Cae Court is sold out, but there are a few remaining places available for the pre-match hospitality in Cardiff..

For more information or to book a place at the Pre-Match hospitality event with David Duckham, 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 England

Memorable Welsh Rugby Success

There is a unique atmosphere in Cardiff when England travel across the bridge to play Wales at rugby.  There is a buzz and excitement among the throngs of red-shirt wearing supporters as they sip their pints of Brains SA.  You can almost hear the thoughts of fans wishing and praying for a Wales victory.  There is no other atmosphere like it.

It is also fair to say that the game probably means more to the Welsh public than the English.  For England, it is just another tough test match, although the cauldron of the Arms Park or Millennium Stadium has terrified the men in white into submission previously.

In recent years, England has dominated the Six Nations matches, but there is a history of great games between the two sides.  However, the first memorable victory came at Twickenham in the World Cup 2015 group stages.

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This was England’s home World Cup and they found themselves in the group of death with Wales and Australia.  Wales had failed to beat Australia (yet again) and so their only chance of progressing was to beat England on home soil.

After falling behind and losing several key players to injury, late on in the game replacement scrum-half turned wing Lloyd Williams, broke down the left hand touchline and put in a kick behind the English defence.  Whilst sprinting at pace, Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies picked up the ball and touched down under the posts.  England never recovered and went on to lose.  The defeat also resulted in Stuart Lancaster losing his job as England coach.

Wales 30 England 3, Six Nations 2013, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 16th March 2013

The English were on a role and the Grand Slam and Six Nations title seemed within their grasps when they travelled down to Cardiff for the final game of the 2013 championship. Wales, being coached by Rob Howley whilst Warren Gatland took a British and Irish Lions sabbatical, had lost the opening game against Ireland.  They followed up with wins against France in Paris,  Italy in Rome, and Scotland in Edinburgh.  If they were to win the championship, they were going to do it the hard way.

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For whatever reason, England just did not turn up.  The Wales back row of Warburton, Faletau and Tipuric were immense and dominated the collision area.  By the 66th minute England had conceded 2 Cuthbert tries and were 27-3 down.  They never recovered.  Wales left the Millennium Stadium clutching the trophy snatched out of English hands.

Wales 11 England 9, Six Nations 2005, Twickenham, 5th February 2005

Wales faced England in the opening match of the 2005 Six Nations on the back of 7 consecutive defeats against the men in white.  However, 2005 was the year of the dragon.  The year when Wales would secure a first Grand Slam since 1976.

Under the watchful eye of referee Steve Walsh and with an exceptionally long penalty kick by Gavin Henson, Wales secured victory.  The only try of the game was scored by legend Shane Williams and proved to the springboard towards a famous Grand Slam.

Pre Match Hospitality Prior to Wales playing England on Saturday 11th February 2017

Prior to this year’s Six Nations contest between Wales and England in Cardiff on Saturday 11th February, England and British and Irish Lions legend, David Duckham will be talking about the rivalry at a pre-match hospitality event run by Legends Hospitality.  Duckham is often called the ‘Honorary Welshman’ because of his flair and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say.  David will also be joined by Wales and British Lions full back, JPR Williams MBE for a Q&A.

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

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

Wales vs England Rugby Facts

Six Nations Rivalry Between the Dragon and The Rose

Firstly, I have to mention that I am writing this as a passionate Welshman.  Not that this will change the facts and statistics.  They are irrefutable.  However, for any Welshmen there is something special when we beat England.

The Six Nations has seen the white shirts of England dominate in recent years.  There have been victories in 2015, 15 and 16.  Yes, Wales did put a spoke in the wheel of the England Rugby World Cup in 2015, but that has been the only joy for since the infamous 30-3 annihilation in Cardiff in 2013.

Now there’s the first ray of hope for the Welsh.  The coach at the time was Rob Howley.  In charge as Warren Gatland took a British and Irish Lions sabbatical.  The year that Wales last won the Six Nations.  Will history repeat itself?

The first international rugby game between Wales and England was on the 19th February 1881 in London.  England emerged victorious and it was not until 1890 in Yorkshire did Wales carve out their first historic win 1-0.

Over the decades, both Wales and England have dominated for short periods of time.  Between March 2000 and March 2004, England won 7 consecutive games and inflicted some of their biggest winning scores and margins.

In the Golden Age of Welsh rugby, Wales won 5 consecutive tests between February 1975 and March 1979.

Wales and England have played 129 times, with 60 victories to England against 57 to Wales with 1673 points to 1518.  There have been 12 draws, the last of which was in the 1983 Five Nations Championship in Cardiff (13-13) when England ended up with the Wooden Spoon after starting the tournament as favourites.

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However, in the Six Nations, England have been dominate, carving out 11 victories to Wales 6.

david-duckham-1Prior to this year’s Six Nations contest between Wales and England in Cardiff on Saturday 11th February, England and British and Irish Lions legend, David Duckham will be talking about the rivalry at a pre-match hospitality event run by Legends Hospitality.  Duckham is often called the ‘Honorary Welshman’ because of his flair and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say.  In 2015, Steve Fenwick and JPR Williams shared their views, which was enlightening!  Photos can be seen on the Paul Fears Photography website.

The bookies are behind England, who are 2/5 on favourites to win.  But it is in Cardiff and the spectre of Rob Howley and 2013 will be floating around the Principality Stadium.

And I simply wish to whisper, “Cymru am byth.”

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

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

David Duckham Talks Rugby before Wales play England

Six Nations Pre-Match Rugby Hospitality with David Duckham

He is called the honorary Welshman.  In the 70s, people said that he was the only Englishman that could have broken into the Wales team featuring rugby greats including Gareth Edwards and John Dawes.  And on Saturday 11th February, hours before Wales take on England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, David Duckham will be talking rugby.

The Legends Hospitality Pre-Match Hospitality function with David Duckham is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the centre of Cardiff, a 10 minute walk away from the stadium.

The Pre-Match event is the ideal warm up prior to the widely anticipated Wales vs England Six Nations test.  After a two-course meal, David Duckham will be talking about his rugby career with England, the British and Irish Lions and the Barbarians.

David Duckham is widely regarded as one of the best backs ever to play rugby for England.  Whilst playing on the wing or in the centre, the back with the flowing blonde locks would terrorise the opposition.

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David Duckham (front row, 3rd from right) one of several Coventry players in an England shirt

Duckham played for Coventry for the whole of his career.  His England debut came in 1969, playing at centre.  Duckham went on to win 36 caps for England before he retired in 1976.  As part of the All Black series winning British and Irish Lions of 1971, he scored 11 tries in 16 games.

Duckham was the only English back in the 1973 Barbarians side that beat the All Blacks 23–11 at Cardiff Arms Park. In the first half he made a run that has become part of rugby folk lore, that brought gasps and cheers from a Welsh crowd more accustomed to regarding any Englishman with hostility.  When he broke through the All Black defence, he appeared to confuse the commentator, Cliff Morgan, who did not know whether Duckham had sidestepped or dummied.  He even sent the cameraman the wrong way; his change of direction was such that the camera went to the right and Duckham disappeared out of shot to the left. After the match he was given the nickname ‘Dai’ by the Welsh fans because he played like one of their own.

It will be interesting to hear what Duckham thinks about the present England side.  They go into the 2017 Six Nations as favourites and on an incredible winning streak.  Also, which English and Welsh players does he believe will be on the flight to New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions in the summer.

For more information or to book a place at the Pre-Match hospitality event with David Duckham, 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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Must Win Game for Wales Against Argentina

Pressure Mounts for Wales Rugby

Last week’s test match against Australia was humbling for Wales.  The Wallabies dominated nearly every aspect of the game.  So where do Wales go from here?

On Saturday 12th November 2016, Wales welcome Argentina to Cardiff.  Since the first capped test match between the two sides in 1991, 15 games have been played with 5 won by Argentina and 10 by Wales.

In recent test matches played during the Autumn series, the honours are shared, with Wales winning the last test match 40-6 in 2013 and Argentina taking the spoils 26-12 in 2012.

The match on Saturday will be a real test.

Since 2013, Argentina has joined the Southern Hemisphere’s Rugby Championship.  This year they beat South Africa 26-24 at home and in the other games played well enough to earn plaudits from around the rugby world.  They are hard and uncompromising, but have also developed a flair that has seen them excel in recent world cups.

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For Wales, there has been a lot of head scratching.  The performances of the summer in New Zealand won praise despite defeat, but those memories were washed away when the Wallaby slayed the Dragon.  What went wrong?  Were Warburton and Alun-Wyn missed that much?

The pride of the Wales team is wounded.  They know that they failed to perform.  Saturday provides the opportunity to set the record straight.

Legends Hospitality provide pre-match entertainment and food in the centre of Cardiff.  Our next hospitality event is prior to the Wales vs South Africa test match and for further information please contact us on:

Phone:  01656 782252 or 07768 418308

By email on: legends@hospitalityandleisure.co.uk

Or via our website

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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

Or via our website

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