Wembley ’99 Reunited The Events Room

On 11 April 1999, Scott Gibbs danced through desperate England defenders at Wembley to score the try that gave Neil Jenkins the opportunity to win the game.  Wales had beaten England 34-33 in the final rugby union Five Nations, playing at their ‘borrowed’ home of Wembley because of the ongoing build of the new Millennium… Read More

Warren Gatland The Events Room

Warren Gatland unquestionably ranks as an all-time great rugby union coach.  His record with Wales and the British and Irish Lions in particular is incredible.  The 2024 Six Nations preview dinner, organised by The Events Room and held at Cornerstone in Cardiff, gave the Wales coach the opportunity to talk about the forthcoming tournament and… Read More

1997 Lions Reunion My Name’5 Doddie

A charity cycle team, made up of a host of rugby legends, took the Scotland vs Wales Six Nations match ball from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh in just 48 hours for Doddie’s Weir’s MND charity, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.  The team, headed up by ex-Scotland and British and… Read More

Mikey Rayer All-Dayer The Events Room

Cardiff RFC legend Mike Rayer was joined by ex-Wales internationals Mark Ring, Glenn Webb, Rupert Moon, and Martin Madden in a celebratory Mikey Rayer All-Dayer lunch organised by The Events Room at Cornerstone in Cardiff.  Hosted by Phil Steele, the ex-players entertained the audience with rugby tales before the professional era.  Martin Madden’s heart rate… Read More

Brian O’Driscoll The Events Room

The guest speaker at The Events Room’s Rugby Dinner of the Year for 2022 was one of the most talented centres of all time – Ireland rugby union legend Brian O’Driscoll.  After first being capped by Warren Gatland in 1999, Brian went on to win 133 caps for Ireland, scoring 245 points.  He is also… Read More

The Fab Four The Events Room

Lee Byrne, James Hook, Mike Phillips and Shane Williams – the Fab Four – lit up world rugby during a golden era for Welsh rugby.  At one time, each player was arguably the best player in their position in the world.  Playing their regional rugby for the Ospreys, under coach Sean Holley, the Fab Four… Read More

British and Irish Lions 1997 Wooden Spoon

In 1997, the British and Irish Lions toured South Africa, the first after the end of apartheid.  The team was coached by Ian McGeechan and captained by England legend Martin Johnson. The Springboks had won the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup and, as with all Lions tours, there was great excitement and anticipation.  The Lions… Read More

Phil Bennett Gareth Llewellyn Legends Hospitality

Photographing Wales rugby greats Phil Bennett and Gareth Llewellyn at the Wales vs Scotland Six Nations rugby lunch in Cardiff in 2016 was one of the first I covered for Legends Hospitality.  The event is also one of my favourites.  In his career, Phil Bennett played for Felinfoel, Llanelli, the Barbarians, Wales and the British… Read More

Willie John McBride The Events Room

When people mention the name Willie John McBride you immediately think of the word ‘legend’.  There are many sports people who are called ‘legends’, although there are only a few that are, without doubt, worthy of that description.  Lock McBride won his first rugby union international cap for Ireland against England in February 1962.  He… Read More

Wembley 99 Reunited The Events Room

The Events Room organised a celebration dinner to remember the momentous day when Wales, playing at ‘home’ in Wembley, beat England in the 1999 Five Nations.  A game that, in the words of Eddie Butler, marked the beginning of a new era in Welsh rugby.  On stage with host Sean Holley, were four players who… Read More