The Wales national rugby union team was established in 1881 and is managed by the governing body - The Welsh Rugby Union or WRU for short. Wales also played their first international in 1881 against England. All home games are played at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, formally known as the Millennium Stadium. Whilst visiting the stadium you are sure to hear the Welsh National Anthem sung proudly before every international match. Land of my Fathers was written by Evan James and the melody composed by his son, James James in January 1856. It is a superb anthem, loved the world over and is sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck when witnessed in the flesh.
Wales is synonymous with success in domestic rugby having won the Six Nations/Five Nations on 28 occasions, a total second only to England, their most recent success being a Championship victory in 2020, the first under Wayne Pivac. Welsh rugby has enjoyed several 'Golden Eras' where the team has been almost untouchable. From 1900 - 1911, this period included a famous 3-0 win over New Zealand, 1969 - 1980 when they won eight Five Nations Championships, and 2005 to the present. This modern era has included five Six Nations titles and four Grand Slams. Two fourth-place finishes at the Rugby World Cup and a first-ever stint as the number 1 ranked nation in the world by World Rugby.
Wales have competed at every Rugby World Cup but the third place achieved in the inaugural tournament remains their best finish to date. In 1999 Wales principally hosted the Rugby World Cup, with matches played around the then 5 Nations unions as well, the final was played at the Millennium Stadium.
Wales lined up in Pool D at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. It was to be hugely successful coach Warren Gatland's swansong and the players more than delivered. Even in the face of adversity, backs coach Rob Howley was cited to return home under a cloud of betting charges, the players more than lived up to their Six Nations form. In the pool stages, they successfully dispatched Georgia, Australia, Fiji, and Uruguay. This left the Welshmen top of Pool D and progressing to a quarter-final against France.
In an eventful match, Wales squeezed past with a 74th minute try from Ross Moriarty, converted by Dan Biggar. Earlier in the match, France had generally been in the ascendancy but in a moment of madness from French lock Sebastien Vahaamahina, he unleashed an elbow mid maul to earn himself a red card and gift the momentum to Wales. Final Score: 20 -19.
Wales proceeded to a Semi-Final against eventual winners South Africa. Wales only lost this match 16-19 however it had been a comprehensive and muscular display from the Springboks.
In the match nobody wants - the 3rd/4th playoff - Wales were defeated heavily by the All Blacks. However, a 4th place finish is more than respectable. By qualifying from their pool, Wales have also qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup to be hosted in France.
The draw has taken place for France 2023 and Wales have been placed in Pool C alongside Wales, Australia, Fiji, Europe 1 and the qualifier winner.
Wales 2022 Guinness Six Nations Fixtures
Wales come into the tournament aiming to defend their 2021 victory, and will be looking forward to playing in front of a formidable Welsh crowd in Cardiff.
Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Saturday 5th February, Kick-off: 2:15pm
Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Saturday 12th February, Kick-off: 2:15pm
England v Wales, Twickenham Stadium, London, Saturday 26th February, Kick-off: 4:45pm
Wales v France, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Friday 11th March, Kick-off: 8:00pm
Wales v Italy, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Saturday 19th March, Kick-off: 2:15pm
Traditionally, Wales play in a red shirt with white shorts and red socks. Under Armour were manufacturers of all official Wales rugby kit since 2008. The current shirt sponsor is Isuzu. Under Armour had initially signed the Welsh Rugby Kit deal through to 2024, however, the WRU and Under Armour amicably agreed to split at the end of 2020. Under Armour cited a change of strategy as being the reasons behind the early termination. Italian manufacturer Macron now holds the contract with the first kit released in October 2020.
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