Where to watch rugby in Cardiff – Cardiff’s best live sport venues

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watch rugby in cardiff

Where to watch rugby in Cardiff

It's that time of year everyone in Wales looks forward to more than any other.  International rugby is back!  And if you can't get to the game itself, you'll surely be planning to watch it somewhere.  But what are the best venues to watch the rugby in Cardiff?

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of live sports venues in Cardiff that will point you in the right direction.  And there’s a wide range of options to choose from. We’ve included venues that work well for varying group sizes, so any Cardiff stag weekend will be covered too.

7 best venues for live sports in Cardiff:

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Shooters Bar

This is probably the best location where to watch rugby in Cardiff, loads of space, screens and focus on live sport, while also being a good location for part of your stag weekend in the city.  It’s got a couple of big screens with good resolution quality, plus a number of smaller screens over the long bar.

It’s located behind Bierkeller, underneath Vue Cinema on Wood St, right next to the Principality Stadium.  The bar is fairly standard in terms of the drinks selection, and it’s not the cheapest, but if you want a cold lager and great live rugby viewing then it’s a good one to go for.

Elevens Bar & Grill

Owned by Brains Brewery and Gareth Bale himself, Elevens Bar & Grill dubs itself as a “premium sports bar and restaurant”, so it’s put a lot of effort into being a solid venue so a great choice when considering where to watch rugby in Cardiff.  It’s laid out with sporting memorabilia inside and has a good number of 4K screens inside to catch the game on.

You can find it at the top of Womanby Street, opposite Cardiff Castle and it serves a good number of traditional ales, along with Bale’s own golden ale. It has a fairly fancy grill-style menu serving burgers, steaks and pizza.

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Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales is the largest Weatherspoon pub in Cardiff and it’s well set up for live sports. It’s got a number of small screens dotted throughout the two-floor venue, but its biggest and best is on the second floor next to the bar.

It’s located on the corner of St Mary’s St and Wood St, close to the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Central Station. As a Weatherpoon pub, it’s a good place to go for a cheap pint and serves basic pub meals if you’re looking for some food with your live sports.

Henry’s

Henry’s may not seem like an obvious choice where to watch rugby in Cardiff, but it does have its perks. The most important of these is that it has table service, so you don’t need to leave the action to get another round in or to order a few more snacks for the table. The screens work well enough, but they’re not the biggest in Cardiff, so if you’re looking for pure live sports fidelity then it might not be the best choice. However, if you’re in Cardiff on match day and you’re looking for an alternative option to some of the busier venues, Henry’s could be worth a look in.

It’s located on Park Place, just off Queens Street, opposite Jurys Inn. It’s got a good drinks selection, especially for cocktails and spirits, and has a large food menu that features great steaks, burgers and sharing platters.

Cardiff has always offered heaps of choice when it comes to great bars, clubs and music venues, but Coyote Ugly definitely brings an extra dose of fun to the capital. If you’re easily offended, this is not the place to spend your evening: quite a few people get soaked, lose a few items of clothing along the way, and behave in a raucous manner. Classy and quiet it is not.

Wild and chaotic it is – and if that’s your idea of fun, it delivers it in bucket loads. Hire yourself one of the 40 booths, tuck into some American barbecue food to thoroughly line your stomach, and then get stuck in to some serious drinking and dancin’!

watch rugby in cardiff

The Queen’s Vaults

This is more of a traditional pub, but it’s located right in the middle of town on Westgate Street, opposite the Principality Stadium. It’s got smaller screens to watch the sports over the bar and a big screen in the main bar area, so you never need to miss too much of the game. It’s also got a fair few pool tables, so you can play your own games as part of a stag weekend, as well as catching the sport.

Food is traditional pub fare with good size portions, and the taps on the bar include household name lagers and beers.

Walkabout

This Aussie-themed watering hole is big on fun and low on frills. It has one of the biggest screens in Cardiff and a lot of space, but it can still get busy on big match days. Downstairs is the best location for live sports with its huge screen, although, in all fairness, there are screens in every direction, so you can’t miss the sports, also a great central location where to watch rugby in Cardiff.

It’s located at the bottom of St Mary’s Street and does fairly basic food and drink.

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Blackweir Tavern

If you want to kick things off outside the city and still catch the sport at a quieter venue in Cardiff then the Blackweir Tavern could be a contender. It’s located up North Road, just before the University buildings on the way into town from the A48 and has a few decent size screens, without it being a focus for the venue.

It serves basic pub grub and the bar is pretty standard, so don’t expect much in the way of fine dining or craft ales. However, it has a couple of pool tables and doesn’t usually get too busy.

 

Coyote Ugly Cardiff Hen Do

Coyote Ugly Cardiff
Coyote Ugly Cardiff

Coyote Ugly Cardiff Hen Do

Organising a Cardiff hen do can be pretty stressful, but living within easy striking distance of a crazy city like Cardiff made my job a lot easier  – and the timing was ideal, thanks to the huge buzz around the opening of the UK’s first ever Coyote Ugly bar. After all, Coyote Ugly just happens to be one of our bride-to-be’s favourite films ever – so our Cardiff hen party plans were soon in motion!  Lets dive in to my Coyote Ugly Cardiff Hen Do.

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

Coyote Ugly - New York - London & now Cardiff

The original Coyote Ugly Saloon opened its doors in New York way back in 1993, inspiring the 2000 cult film of the same name, but this brand new bar in Wales’s capital – rumoured to be twice the size of any other in Wales – is the latest launch from the famous American chain.

 

The building used to house the old Square Club, right in the heart of Cardiff, on St Mary Street – making it ideal for hens like us who are arriving by train into Cardiff Central, which thankfully (tottering along in heels…) is only a short walk away.

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It's not all about the Coyotes

The bar is pretty big with a rustic design and a capacity of about 900. The female staff, known as “Coyotes”, are super confident and full of energy: serving up drinks as well as singing, entertaining and dancing on the bar, giving the place a really great atmosphere.

 

They genuinely seem to be having a good time, so you’d have to be a real misery not to get sucked into the whole party spirit.

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

Your last night of freedom? "Girl, you could be dancin' on the floor!"

If you’re organising a hen party you can book in to train up as a Coyote during the day, if you fancy strutting your stuff in front of a packed bar – because once night falls you are then called up onto the bar to test out your new-found moves.

 

In our case, I wasn’t sure the bride-to-be would fully appreciate being dragged in front of an audience, and us Maids of Honour have to remember that a successful hen party needs to deliver exactly what the hen is after.

Coyote Ugly Cardiff

Wild and chaotic it is

So I organised a booth for the evening to accommodate our whole party group, and we just enjoyed kicking back and watching the entertainment instead of providing it – although that’s not to say we didn’t create some carnage on the dance floor once we’d had a suitable number of shots.

 

From what we can remember collectively (which is foggy and fabulous in equal measures) we had a thoroughly great night out, and would definitely go back there for other celebrations.

 

Cardiff has always offered heaps of choice when it comes to great bars, clubs and music venues, but Coyote Ugly definitely brings an extra dose of fun to the capital. If you’re easily offended, this is not the place to spend your evening: quite a few people get soaked, lose a few items of clothing along the way, and behave in a raucous manner. Classy and quiet it is not.

 

Wild and chaotic it is – and if that’s your idea of fun, it delivers it in bucket loads. Hire yourself one of the 40 booths, tuck into some American barbecue food to thoroughly line your stomach, and then get stuck in to some serious drinking and dancin’!

 

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Top 10 Cardiff Activities
Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Whether you’re planning a trip to the city or you already live in the Welsh capital, it’s good to have a decent list of Cardiff activities to keep you entertained. There are plenty of options in our top 10 Cardiff activities list below covering everything from family days out and weekends with your friends to stag dos, hen parties and birthdays.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Welsh Games - Cardiff's #1 Activity

When it comes to sheer unadulterated fun, there’s nothing quite like the experience that you can get from Welsh Games. From a bucking bronco sheep to water rides, gladiator style battles, dragon races and sumo suit wrestling, it’s got everything you need to make a hen party, stag do, birthday or corporate event a very memorable occasion.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Go Karting

TeamSport Go-Karting Cardiff covers a lot of bases, providing go-kart racing for large groups or small family parties. It’s got a new multi level 500 meter go-kart track for you to blitz around on and the 200CC karts mean that you can get up to 40mph and an average lap time of just 41 seconds. It’s based just outside the city centre, so it’s pretty easy to get to if you’re planning to do a few activities in Cardiff on the same day.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Escape Rooms

Think The Crystal Maze meets Krypton Factor and Cluedo and you’re not too far away from the general concept of Escape Rooms Cardiff. Essentially, you get trapped inside one of a number of themed rooms and you’ll have an hour to get out. You’ll need to find clues, solve puzzles and work out codes to make it out on time.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Treetop Adventure Golf

Based inside Cardiff’s Saint David’s shopping centre, Treetop Adventure Golf is a great activity that can last as little as 45-minutes or as long as you want with two different 18-hole courses to play. There’s Tropical Trail, which is designed like an Amazonian jungle and Ancient Explorer, which is styled like a trek through the Inca kingdom, so there’s a good amount of variation for return trips.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

St Fagans

The National Museum of History at St Fagans is a great day out and while it is incredibly family friendly, there’s plenty to see and do for anyone. Admittedly it’s not going to be on anyone’s stag or hen do activity lists, but if you’re looking for something to do on the weekend then it’s an easy win. You can visit historical shops from the early 19th century, learn about roundhouses from the Iron Age and walk around the exceptional grounds of the museum, which are equal to any National Trust property.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

National Museum Cardiff

With a great selection of permanent exhibitions that range from natural history to a stunning art collection, as well as a steady stream of special exhibitions, there’s plenty to see at the National Museum Cardiff. The Evolution of Wales galleries are worth the trip for all by themselves, taking you from dinosaurs and prehistory, right the way up to the modern day.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Cardiff International Pool

Cardiff International Pool is way more than just a place to go for a swim with its lazy river, jacuzzis and water park slides. It’s a great family activity and a lot of fun for friends with Cardiff Bay and the marina just around the corner, so it can easily be a part of a bigger day trip to the seafront side of Cardiff activities.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Cardiff International White Water

Also located close to Cardiff Bay is the International White Water Centre, where you can learn to take on the rapids on the incredible course that they have at the facility. Cardiff activities include canoeing, kayaking and white water river rafting for individuals, families and larger groups.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Boulders Indoor Climbing centre

Continuing with more action activities, Boulders is a great option if you want to flex your shoulder muscles and finger grip skills. It’s got a number of different walls to scale for all ages and abilities, so you can start out with easy climbs and work your way up to the trickier runs.

Top 10 Cardiff Activities

Rugby games

If you like your activities to be more spectator-based and you love to watch a little sport, there are plenty of Cardiff activities that tick these boxes. While there’s cricket at Sophia Gardens and football at Cardiff City Stadium, it’s the rugby that the Welsh capital is most renowned for.

 

Cardiff Blues games run from August to May at the Arms Park and there are international games at the millennium Stadium during autumn and for the Six Nations in February and March, so there’s a steady stream of opportunities to experience the great atmosphere that Cardiff has to offer.

Guest blog by Gerard Harris, editor of Tuppence Magazine

 

Get Spooky in Cardiff! The Best Cardiff Halloween Party Guide

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Cardiff Halloween Guide

Cardiff Halloween Party Guide

Halloween seems to be No. 2 on the most celebrated festivity in South Wales, with Christmas coming a close second!  If you’re heading out in to the frighting darkness on a hen do, stag weekend, or just for fun, in Cardiff Halloween this Weekend, then make sure you make the most of it!   We have drawn up a list of Welsh Games‘ most favourite Cardiff Halloween events on offer.  Read on, if you dare!

Cardiff Halloween

Night of the Living Dead

For the Cardiff Halloween party that never fails to deliver, drag your zombie heels over to Revolution for Mode’s Night of the Living Dead.

The venue is really going to town with the gruesome décor but the brave will be rewarded with a hellish party the night amongst giant cobweb confetti cannons and mysterious mist machines. The most bloodcurdling fancy dress possible is an absolute must if you want to join in the terror!

When & Where : 31st October 2018 – 22:00 – 3:00 – Revolution

Halloween Airsoft Zombie Attack

Venture into the eerie woods outside Cardiff for a night you’ll never forget… if you survive to tell the tale that is! Airsoft Cardiff have been contaminated after a top-secret experiment got out of hand.

The scientists and marshals have become bloodthirsty, contagious zombies and only you can save the planet by shooting them in the head and controlling this outbreak before it’s too late! Even if you’ve never played airsoft before, this is a great starter event which is sure to get you hooked!

When & Where : 28th October – 15:00 – 21:00 – Airsoft Cardiff

Halloween Movies in Cardiff Castle

It’s not Halloween without watching a film to make your toes crawl, so why not trade in the couch for a chance to experience a screening at Cardiff Castle’s seriously spooky Underground Cinema?

As soon as you descend into the Castle’s 15th century Undercroft, chills will be creeping up your spine from the suspense… or maybe from that mysterious draft…? With multiple showings from Hocus Pocus and Coco to Guillermo de Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth there’s something here for all the family!

When & Where : 28th October – 3rd November 2018 – Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Halloween

Cardiff Mansion Halloween Special

Take a trip to Cardiff Mansion for a chance to experience some seriously freaky paranormal activity! There are plenty of spooky stories about this old tradesman’s house with staff reporting unusual happenings and uneasy feelings in some of the rooms.

Spend the evening with Cardiff Ghost Seekers and find out for yourself if it really is haunted! You can even stay the night in one of the rooms if you’re brave enough!

When & Where : 27th October 2018  – 20:00 – 02:00 – Mansion House

X-Scream

Okay, so this one isn’t actually in Cardiff itself, but it’s so awesome we couldn’t miss it off the list!

Head to Rhondda Heritage Park, just 25 minutes from the capital, for X-Scream, a fully immersive experience, with seriously terrifying actors, special effects and a shock at every corner! This year is a fairy tale special so be prepared for some really twisted characters that have climbed out from your favourite bed time stories!

Clamber through the underground chambers of this disused mine and fight to survive while you struggle to make it back to the light. Your heart may never beat the same again after you witness what’s lurking in the dark!

When & Where : 18th – 31st October 2018 – Rhondda Heritage Park

Breakout Cardiff

Make a beeline for Breakout Cardiff this Halloween and take on their two scariest escape rooms which have been made extra unnerving especially for the spooky season. Creepy disembodied voices will taunt you as you desperately try to lift the dark magic of the Cursed Carnival.

In Disturbed, your heart will be seriously thumping while you endeavour to track down your missing colleague in an abandoned warehouse. Keep your wits about you and, whatever you do, don’t get locked in overnight!

When & Where : 24th – 31st October  10:30 – 21:30 – Breakout Cardiff

Cardiff Halloween

Big Night Out / Halloween Special

Get ready for the biggest night of the year over at Pryzm Cardiff on the night of Halloween! Don your best halloween garb, and revel in the spooky décor.

The usual array of different rooms and DJs will be there ready to get your feet moving and you can be sure that the hypnotic, pounding rhythms will definitely possess you! If last years production is anything to go by they will pull out all the stops with visuals, sound and special effects to knock your socks off.

The crowd is guaranteed to be whipped into a wild frenzy so make sure you are amongst the crazed masses!

When & Where : 27th October 2018 – 21:00 – 04:00 – Pryzm

Disco of The Dead – Tramshed

Don’t miss this epic Halloween night run in collaboration with Triple Cooked who bring together banging music, art and entertainment.

Expect to hear House, Disco, Bass and Garage beats loud enough to wake the dead!

The stage production will be out of this world with performers, art and stalls to keep you going through to the end of the night!

When & Where : 31st October 2018 – 21:00 – 02:00 – Tramshed

Festival of the Dead

This amazing festival is touring the UK and hits Cardiff just after Halloween so you can keep the vibe going longer! Keen to separate themselves from Latin American religious festival Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the organisers state that this is more of a carnival atmosphere – sounds good to us!

Dress up with your best sugar skull face paint and expect amazing circus and theatre performances including huge carnival characters and acrobats and buckle down for a night of crazy clubbing!

When & Where : 9th November 2018 – 22:00 – 03:00 – The Great Hall, Cardiff Students Union

Cardiff Halloween

St. Canna’s Ale House

If there’s a special date in the calendar, you can be guaranteed that St. Canna’s will be throwing a bash and this Halloween in Cardiff is no different!

The atmosphere in this micro pub is always super friendly and warm so expect to be coaxed into an apple bobbing competition before you can even cross the threshold!

This year it’s a Vampire vs Zombie party so pick your side, make sure you go to town with your outfit and stay it out to the end of the night to see who wins!

Team the ever-changing craft and real ales on offer, some classic games and ghoulish tunes spinning on the Vinyl Jukebox and we reckon you have a pretty perfect night ahead!

When & Where : 27th October – 19:00- 23:00 – St. Canna’s Ale House

Top 10 Secret Student Spots in Cardiff

students in cardiff secret spots
students in cardiff secret spots

Cardiff top 10 student hangouts

Cardiff is a fantastic place to be a student with all the benefits of a capital city but none of the crazy price tags attached to studying in London.

We’ve put together this ultimate guide for students so you can get out exploring and enjoying the best that this amazing city has to offer and save you stumbling upon these gems a week before you graduate!

Read below to find our recommendations of the best cafes, bars and hidden spots that will fast become your favourites!

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1. Face 11

This laid-back bar and restaurant channels the après-ski vibe perfectly. The wooden cladding and wall-mounted snowboards transport you to an alpine hut in the mountains. Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s ‘Studentville’ AKA Cathays, this is the perfect place for pre-town drinks.

You can take advantage of the 2 for 1 cocktail list and student discounts too. If you are into your music or you’re budding musician, there are also weekly open mic nights at the bar on Thursdays and A&R record company talent scouting nights. If that isn’t enough, the bar also hosts regular comedy nights run by ‘piste off comedy.’

2. Gwdihw Café Bar

A quirky venue outside and in, that feels like you are in a cosy yet kooky living room. By day, this is a great little hide away in the centre of Cardiff to go for a coffee or grab some lunch with friends and relax on the comfy sofas or the picnic tables outside.

There is also free WiFi, so bring your laptop and pretend to do some of those uni assignments! By night, the bar really comes alive. You will always find a good DJ or band playing and there is even a great heated outside space to chill out in when you need a break from the dance floor! The drink prices seal the deal for us with student offers such as 4 cans for £10 and house spirits and mixers for £2.50.

students in cardiff
students in cardiff

3. Vulcan Lounge

This cosy pub on Wyverne Road is a great place to kick back and relax with your mates and enjoy a pint. This excellent drinking establishment has friendly bar staff and a great atmosphere. Head here for the great pool room or to watch those big matches on their giant projector screen. There’s also a heated beer garden so you can hang out outside as long as you want! There are great students deals available day and night and regular open mic nights.

4. Breakout Cardiff

If you’re looking for something a bit different to do then this may be the place for you. Breakout is Cardiff’s new escape room games and is located in the popular Brewery Quarter in the city centre. You can compete in a group of between two to five people and have up to 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles and escape one of the breakout rooms. Each room has a different theme and unique story. It’s the perfect activity to celebrate a birthday or bond with your new housemates! Do you have what it takes to breakout?!

students in cardiff
students in cardiff

5. The Little Man Coffee Shop

This new little independent coffee shop which is a great place to chill with friends or hide away and do some work. Staff are always friendly and the coffee and food are both great. The venue has a really cool retro feel with comfy armchairs and sofas. There’s also regular quirky theatre events and if you need to find your zen after some busy nights out or some revision stress there’s also regular yoga breakfast mornings.

6. The Dead Canary

This cool secret cocktail bar located on Barrack Lane, Cardiff (but I didn’t tell you that!) is perfect for a night out with friends or perhaps a first date with that special someone. There’s a cool retro ‘speak easy’ feel to the bar, a great atmosphere and great drinks. The venue hosts some great event nights including live music nights and cocktail making masterclasses if you fancy learning how to make cocktail yourself! Why not go along to the bar’s ‘Taith-Tiki Thursdays’ and try out their Thursdays special cocktail menu based around their Tiki cocktail creations!

students in cardiff
students in cardiff

7. Rose Street Flea Market

Rose Street Flea market in Roath is one of Cardiff’s best hidden gems. If you’re into your vintage clothing and cool vintage furniture this is the place to uncover those hidden treasures! This is the coolest and most legit ‘junk shop’ you can expect to go to, plus everything is reasonably priced so you’re sure to pick up a bargain. Once you’re visited once I can guarantee you’ll become a regular at getting lost in the weird and wonderful land that this place is… and have the coolest retro student flat going!

6. Porters Cardiff

Ran by self-proclaimed failed actor Dan Porter, Porters Bar is a great place to go for live music, comedy and theatre nights and is also host to Cardiff’s first pub theatre, ‘The Other Rooms.’ There’s always a great live band playing on Friday and Saturday nights and a packed dance floor. There’s also a big beer garden outside with comfy retro cinema seats. As well as a great night out, the venue also hosts ‘come down Sundays’, where you can watch two free films in the bar, chill out and play some board games, and listen to some vinyl plus an evening pub quiz…. hair of the dog it is!

students in cardiff
students in cardiff

7. Infinity Trampoline Park

This is great fun and such a laugh with friends! A whole room filled with trampolines and foam pits to jump away to your hearts content and let the kid inside you out…who said you had to grow up when you went to uni! Try and go on a weekday or later in the evening if you can to avoid busy periods and have more bounce space to yourself.

6. Outpost Coffee

A cool and quirky independent pop up coffee and vinyl music shop always on the move, making an appearance at events and festivals in Cardiff and offering great student deals…A great place for coffee and music lovers! To keep up to date with where Out Post will be popping up next follow them on twitter: @OutpostCardiff

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Bloggers Biog, Sarah Rogers:

After living in London to train and work as a dancer, Sarah has recently moved back to Cardiff to start her own dance company business ‘Ransack Dance’, and is enjoying re-discovering the best the city has to offer!

A fan of live music she loves finding venues with music and live mic nights.  Alongside her dance work, Sarah works on Saturdays at the Welsh Games, leading hen dos, stag dos and birthday parties.

 

Rugby World Cup 2015 in Cardiff

rugby world cup 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015 in Cardiff

rugby world cup 2015With the 8th Rugby World Cup nearly upon us, the Home Nations are brimming with excitement. Wales has long been one of the most rugby-mad countries in the world, and is one of the few nations to have rugby as its official national sport.
And from 18th September – 31st October 2015, the biggest Rugby World Cup in history is coming to Britain. Although the main event is hosted by arch-rivals England, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff has secured eight of the tournament matches.
This international contest is great for Wales, with speculation already rife as to whether the Welsh can use their home advantage to bring home the cup.

 

On the shoulders of giants…

The first rugby world cup was held in 1987 and there has been a contest every 4 years since. The very first tournament was hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand. The All Blacks went on to defeat France in the final and win. Since then, Australia and South Africa have each won twice, England won once, in 2003, and then New Zealand won again in 2011, making them the defending champions.
No team has yet successfully defended their title and won two championships in a row, but with the All Blacks being the firm favourites to win in 2015, this could be the year.

rugby world cup 2015

Looking at the stats across the entire history of World Cup rugby, England’s Jonny Wilkinson is currently the top point scorer of all time, with 19 matches and 277 points to his name. There are, of course, plenty of Welsh rugby giants featured on the all-star records table too.
The build-up to the Rugby World Cup 2015 is already in full swing. During the qualifying rounds, 83 countries competed and 203 matches were played, resulting in the final selection of the 20 best rugby nations on the planet. Training squads for those successful teams are soon to be decided and final team selections are just around the corner.

 

Preparations in Wales… and Qatar

Wales boss Warren Gatland announced his extended training squad on the 8th June 2015. In the weeks following, Wales endured the most arduous training camps at altitude in Switzerland and in the climate-controlled Aspire Dome. This world renowned training centre has hypoxic chambers that can replicate altitude conditions of up to 4500 metres above sea level. The Welsh team slept in these conditions as they looked to benefit from increased lung capacity by resting at altitude.
Wales had mixed results in their World Cup warm up matches, winning two of the three Tests. And with a series of injuries seeing stars such as Leigh Halfpenny withdraw from the squad, Wales must come together as one to unite like never before to stand a chance of lifting the coveted Webb Ellis trophy. Were the squad trained too hard during their training camps, or will their fitness regime work wonders during the closing stages of the key World Cup games? Only time will tell.

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The Millennium Stadium

The heart of the action for Rugby World Cup 2015 in Cardiff is the Millennium Stadium. It has a capacity of 74,154 and a super-dooper, weather-defying removable roof. It’s already played host to some legendary matches, including in the 2013 Six Nations, when Wales beat England 30-3 to win the tournament. Can’t get in? Don’t worry because there’ll be a great atmosphere in the city centre Fanzone too. Cardiff is putting up big screens with food and drink galore, so that you can follow all the action, even if you’re outside the stadium.

 

The matches

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host 6 of the championship’s pool matches, plus two of the quarter finals. So, how’s it all going to work?
Well, the 20 competing teams have been divided down into 4 pools of 5 teams apiece. Wales are in Pool A. This group also contains England, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay, so it has aptly been dubbed ‘the pool of death’. In world rugby terms, England, Wales and Australia are currently ranked in 4th, 5th and 6th place respectively. Fiji are ranked 12th, bring Southern hemisphere physicality and are not to be underestimated. Uruguay are ranked 21st in the world, so it would be a massive upset if they make it past the group stages. Wales, like all the other teams, will play one game against every other team in their pool. Only two teams from each pool will survive to make it through to the quarter finals. Then of course there’s the semi-finals and the final, at Twickenham, to get all shouty about.

 

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And the winner is?

New Zealand’s mighty All Blacks are the hot favourites to win the Rugby World Cup 2015. They’re also number one in the world rugby rankings. Next highest ranked comes South Africa in the number 2 slot. And after their 2015 Six Nations victory, Ireland have jumped into third place. Although Australia have dropped out of the top three, they are always dangerous contenders. England would dearly love to win the cup on home turf too. But, in 2015, could it perhaps be Wales’ turn to triumph? In spite of some injuries, they’ve got a stellar cast. With no further injuries, world class players like Sam Warburton, George North and Toby Faletau could see them power through. If Wales get past the quarter-finals though, they’ll almost certainly be facing the awesome power, fitness, skill and tenacity of the All Blacks in the semi-finals. Wales last beat the All Blacks in 1963…and they’ve never yet won the World Cup. Yet…

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