500 days to go to Rugby World Cup and SWALEC Finals Day on the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. WRU chairman David Pickering and First Minister Carwyn Jones look ahead to the Rugby World Cup, while we hear from all three winners on SWALEC Finals Day, Pontypridd's Dafydd Lockyer, Merthyr's Lee Jarvis and Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd's Gareth Williams, as well as former Wales wing Simon Hill on coaching his village team Llantwit Major.
The Wales Sevens squad travelled to Aldershot yesterday for one last chance to stake their claims for a coveted Rugby World Cup spot. And as Wales Team Manager Dai Jenkins tells WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie, some tough decisions will have to be made before the squad is announced tomorrow.
Lions, Wales, SWALEC Finals Day, Rugby World Cup, Wales Sevens in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Dan Lydiate on his Lions selection, Wales coach Robin McBryde on the squad to tour Japan, WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis and First Minister Carwyn Jones welcome the news there will be eight 2015 Rugby World Cup games in Cardiff. We speak to all six clubs involved in SWALEC Finals Day, Neath, Pontypridd, Rhydfelin, Heol-y-Cyw, Wattstown and Fishguard and Goodwick. We also hear from Wales Sevens coach Paul John and scrum half Tavis Knoyle.
World Cup draw reaction in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Wales coach Warren Gatland, captain Sam Warburton, England captain Chris Robshaw and Australia coach Robbie Deans, as well as getting the views of former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio and former Wales captain Jonathan Humphreys. We speak to Wales duo Mike Phillips and Ryan Jones on the disappointment against Australia, as well as Ian Gough on the Ospreys, Simon Easterby on the Scarlets and Wales Sevens captain Rhys Shellard after their Plate success in Dubai.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton assess the daunting draw Wales have been given in the 2015 Rugby World Cup after England, Australia, Oceania 1 and the Play-off winner were all pulled out of the hat for Pool A.
Wales return from the Rugby World Cup in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from centre Jamie Roberts and backs coach Rob Howley, while Ireland wing Tommy Bowe gives his assessment of Wales. We also speak to Gavin Henson as he is unveiled by the Cardiff Blues, while chairman Peter THomas explains their thinking. It is time for the Movember campaign to raise awareness and money for men's cancers, we speak to Movember corporate manager Jonathan Simm and Blues back rower Andries Pretorious.
Pride, and heartbreak are the conflicting emotions from the Rugby World Cup in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from the fans at the Millennium Stadium, while Down Under we talk to Warren Gatland, Neil Jenkins, Robin McBryde, Dan Lydiate and Paul James, looking back on the lost of France and the play-off game against Australia.
There was no fairytale finish to the 2011 Rugby World Cup for Wales, although they won the admiration of fans around the globe as they ended a magnificent campaign with an 83rd minute try from Leigh Halfpenny.
There were more people at the Millennium Stadium watching the World Cup semi-final than they had in Eden Park and every one of the 61,543 early risers in the Welsh capital believed Wales could reach their first final.