Photographing Wales Rugby LegendsTuesday April 05, 2016
Six Nations 2016 Rugby Hospitality Photographs
This is the 3rd year that I have worked with Paul Fielding and Legends Hospitality photographing Six Nations rugby hospitality at Jury's Inn in Cardiff. Being a lover of the oval ball game, getting a chance to meet and photograph Welsh Rugby Legends is a dream and covering the events certainly does not feel like work.
The Legends Hospitality events are great and really well attended. Rugby fans from all over the UK and Ireland come along and get the benefits of some excellent pre-match food and, maybe more importantly, easy access to a bar for much needed alcoholic lubrication. For those who haven't got a ticket, there is also a big screen to watch the match live.
This season, Wales entertained 3 of their Six Nations rivals in Cardiff; Scotland, France and Italy.
On 13th February, Wales played and beat Scotland and I got to meet and photograph Phil Bennett and Gareth Llewellyn. They were both brilliant, not only talking about international rugby exploits, but also about the club game in Wales. The artist, Patrick Killian, had a wonderful painting of Phil Bennett on display, which Phil also signed and Paul auctioned for charity, raising over £1,000.
The next game was against France on a Friday night in Cardiff (26th February). Ex Wales hooker Garin Jenkins talked to the room about life as a rugby player in Ynysybwl and under Graham Henry. It was another insight into the life of international rugby and we then watched Wales defeat France and move on to a potential championship decider against England at Twickenham.
By the time Italy arrived in Cardiff, England had been crowned Six Nations champions after beating Wales in a pulsating encounter at Twickenham. Wales had lost the championship in two poor 1st half performances. However, this was Super Saturday, with all 3 final games being played one after another and the atmosphere in Cardiff was excellent. Graham Price, one of the 3 pillars of the Pontypool front row, and Mark Titley, the ex Wales and Swansea winger, entertained the assembled crowd with stories of high jinks and mischief.
The artist Patrick Killian was also present in the room and produced an amazing piece of rugby art, producing a painting of Graham Price as the event took place. Watching him work was fantastic and Graham signed the work before he left to watch Wales thump Italy in a one sided test.
Another season is over and rugby eyes are now on the summer tours, especially with Wales travelling to New Zealand. Already Paul is preparing for the Autumn internationals and providing excellent rugby hospitality in Cardiff. I cannot wait!
Paul Fears is a Commercial and Industrial Photographer based in South Wales and covering the UK. He has provided photography services at a wide range of events including Awards, Gala Dinners and Hospitality. For further details, please contact Paul on:
Phone: 07909 103789
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