All Blacks Legends Talk RugbyWednesday October 19, 2016
Wooden Spoon and Concrete Society Rugby Lunch
On Friday 14th October 2016, All Blacks rugby legends Sean Fitzpatrick and Zinzan Brooke spoke with Sean Holley at the Wooden Spoon and Concrete Society Rugby lunch at the SSE Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.
For the 2nd year in succession, my photography partner Jo Davies (Double Take Photography) and I were present as the Event Photographers. Our brief was to get photographs that captured the atmosphere of the event as well as taking photographs of the guest speakers. As an avid rugby fan, I was also there to meet two of rugby union's greatest players. It is a perk of the job and I also had the chance to talk rugby with one of the most knowledgeable rugby pundits in the business, ex Ospreys and Bristol coach Sean Holley.
The rugby lunch is a fantastic afternoon for any rugby fan. It is a great atmosphere and this year the featured guests were joined by ex-Wales and British Lions players, Steve Fenwick and Tommy David.
During the afternoon, various rugby memorabilia was auctioned to raise money for the Wooden Spoon charity including an All Black shirt signed by Sean and Zinzan and a rare caricature of the 7 Barbarians involved in the try scored by Gareth Edwards when the Barbarians beat the All Blacks in Cardiff in 1973. A try that many believe is the greatest ever and the picture was signed by all 7 players.
Apart from an amazing 3-course meal, the highlight of the lunch is the Q&A on stage with event compere Sean Holley. Sean and Zinzan talked about what it meant to be an All Black and how the culture of New Zealand keeps nurturing a conveyor belt of talent. They also talked about how their rugby careers had been influenced by the great Welsh players of the 1970s.
The big question on everyone's lips was whether the British and Irish Lions could go to New Zealand in 2017 and beat the All Blacks in their own backyard. Unsurprisingly, both Sean and Zinzan just couldn't see it happening, although I am sure that Warren Gatland has other plans.
The Wooden Spoon and Concrete Society staged another fantastic rugby-fuelled lunch that raised lots of money for Spoon projects in South Wales.
A selection of the photos from the event can be seen in the Business Events section on my website.
Paul Fears is a Commercial and Industrial Photographer based in South Wales and covering the whole of the UK. He works with Jo Davies under the brand of Double Take Photography to offer a dual photographer service for events and weddings. For further information please contact Paul on:
Phone: 07909 103789
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