- Journey's end
- Several points to prove against Ireland
- A Roman battle and a huge game to come!
- An Azzurri adventure
- Mixed Magners results and a World Cup Sevens Victory!
- Lost in France
- 24 hours in Paris but returned empty-handed
- À Paris, mes amis!
- A tale of two cities (Cardiff and Paris!)
- Moving on up - Cardiff and the Magners Cup
- No small feat, but an aching head!
- A hat-trick against England?
- Roadblock for our fan
- Rhys Evans - Fan on the move
Six Nations Blog
A hat-trick against England?
Ooooh, we've got an exciting weekend ahead of us, guys (and gals)! First up, Swansea play Fulham in the FA Cup on Saturday morning down at the Liberty Stadium (c'mon the Swans!!). Secondly, the Big Game is at 5.30. And thirdly, I'm going to be watching them both in Cardiff, in the middle of all the excitement. It's going to be a long day, so I'll say sorry in advance for the photos!!!
Yes, the time has come once again for us to challenge England, the old enemy, the boys next door. I'm really nervous when I think about the game. It's always a special game, particularly when the two countries clash in the Six Nations Championship. We all remember that game in Wembley, a 'home' game for Wales while the Millennium Stadium was being built. Even though England were the better team at the time, Neil Jenkins managed to keep us in the game with his perfect kicking. As the game neared the end, we were trailing, and Clive Woodward was confident that his team had won the Championship. The story goes that he left his seat in the dugout five minutes before the end of the game and went to stand in front of the Welsh subs bench. He asked the staff (aloud) if they would put the white ribbons on the Cup early because the England team would surely win. But of course, Scott Gibbs hadn't read the script, and he scored in the last minute to spoil the party for Clive and his players. There's a quick lesson not to count your chickens, Clive!
So, the team has been announced! As it stands at 13:22 on Thursday, as I'm eating a cheese pasty at my desk in work (I hope it's Caerphilly, not Wensleydale), Shane Williams has been named in the team to play on Saturday, although it's not been confirmed for definite. Shane and Andy Powell, who's also carrying an injury, have to pass a fitness test on Friday to prove to Gatland that they're ready to challenge England. Captain Ryan Jones is also returning to the team and takes Dafydd James' place as flanker.
We could beat England in the Championship for the third time in a row on Saturday after winning at the Millennium Stadium in 2007, and more importantly, last year in 'Twickers, darling', aka 'HQ'. C'mon bois!!!!
Another positive is that after beating Scotland last week, we've been ranked as the 4th best team in the world. Is Wales then the best team in the northern hemisphere? Discuss!! Byeeeeeeeeeee! O aye, I nearly forgot – Wales 18 England 12! Don't let us down, boys!!
This blog has been translated from Welsh.