Photographing Rugby Hospitality EventsMonday February 13, 2017
Rugby Events Leading Up To Wales Playing England
At the end of last week, leading up to the Wales vs England Six Nations test match in Cardiff, I had the pleasure of being the event photographer at three separate rugby hospitality events in South Wales.
Being a rugby nut helps when you are taking photos of rugby legends. I think you have a better appreciation of the rugby tales being told, and that helps anticipate the reactions and expressions which make the best photographs.
On Thursday 9th February, I worked with Matt and Mark of The Events Room at the Parkway Hotel in Cwmbran. The Rugby Dinner included a Q & A with Scrum V rugby pundits and legends, Jonathan Davies and Jeremy Guscott. The evening was compered by Sean Holley, also from Scrum V and ex-coach of the Ospreys and Bristol amongst others.
There were rugby stories from days of Neath, Bath, the British & Irish Lions, Great Britain Rugby League Lions, Wales and England. The audience was totally mesmerised and hung off every spoken word. And, as you will see from the photographs, there was a lot of laughter, especially from Sean Holley. It was a great evening.
The next day, on Friday 10th February, I was photographing David Duckham at a rugby lunch for Legends Hospitality at the Cae Court Hotel and Restaurant in Bridgend. Coventry, England, British & Irish Lions and Barbarians legend Duckham was speaking to selected guests including the Wales First Minister, Carwyn Jones.
At the event, locally-based international sports artist Patrick Killian unveiled a new painting of David Duckham. The classic image of David in full flight with his blonde hair flowing behind was stunning. David duly signed the original painting, which is now available to purchase.
On the day of the Wales vs England test match, I was photographing the Legends Hospitality pre-match dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff. David Duckham returned as a speaker, alongside Wales legend JPR Williams. There were more great stories from the days before rugby became professional. The British & Irish Lions were discussed and I found it incredible that only 30 players went on the 1971 tour to New Zealand and it lasted 2 1/2 months.
Patrick Killian was again present, this time unveiling a new painting of JPR Williams in action during the 1971 British & Irish Lions tour in New Zealand.
Despite the desperately disappointing result on Saturday afternoon, these were three great days for any rugby enthusiast and the event photography was great fun. The photos can be seen on:
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