S4C looks back at Wales’s incredible journey in the 2013 Six Nations Championship
Saturday 27 April 7.00. Also Wednesday 1 May 11.00
The 2013 Six Nations Championship was quite a journey for the Wales team and as the memory lives on in every Welsh heart, S4C will broadcast a review programme looking back at the incredible story.
On Saturday, 27 April Cymru: Pencampwyr y Chwe Gwlad 2013 will re-live the excitement with interviews from the main players and coaches. The nerves and expectation, the excitement and that final win – this is the team’s story.
Having lost their previous seven matches, the pressure was on for Rob Howley’s team as they faced the Irish in the first game of the Championship back in February. But the men in red were defeated 22-30, and the possibility of losing their Six Nations crown seemed a strong possibility.
“After the first game someone said to me, no-one’s won the Six Nations after losing their first game in over twenty years,” says Sam Warburton, the 25 year old from Cardiff who won his first cap in 2011. “But I just thought, records are there to be broken.”
Although Sam tried to remain confident, losing the first game was definite blow. The papers were quick to criticise and the nation held its breath, but how were the players feeling?
“After that first game, it was difficult,” says Jamie Roberts who was also sitting his final medicine exams during the Championship. “We all had to answer questions about our personal performance.”
Leigh Halfpenny, Alun-Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar, Jamie, Sam and many other players will share their emotional rollercoaster of feelings during the programme.
Although the team fell at the first hurdle they quickly picked themselves up and went on to win three away games. They won in Paris for the first time since 2005 and triumphed over Italy and Scotland at their home grounds. Then they welcomed the old enemy, England, to the Millennium Stadium for a game that no-one will forget in a hurry.
“When you think about the history of the England-Wales match, the tradition of the game, it means everything to a Welshman,” says Jamie with a smile on his face. “This story will be told for years to come – England came to Cardiff to win the Grand Slam, but as a team we stood there and said ‘No chance’, and we won the game.”
Wales battled to regain ground, to prove all the doubters wrong and we’ll follow them from the lows of the first match against Ireland to the ecstatic highs of lifting the Six Nations Trophy. Join them to re-live Wales’s epic journey on Cymru: Pencampwyr y Chwe Gwlad 2013.