Monday, 16 February 2009

Go Wales!!

After a morning of togetherness, Saturday tea-time was spent watching England and Wales face off against each other in the rugby! Clearly I was supporting Wales and N England (although he was born and brought up in Bermuda, his family is English and they now live back in England).

A lot of emotion rides behind these games, historically there has been a lot of tension between the two countries, with Wales being annexed by England, the demise of the Welsh language and a great deal of mistreatment of the Welsh people by the English. As I say, this is all absolutely in the past, and with devolution, our own Senedd, and a resurgence of the Welsh language, a lot of the old tensions have subsided. Even so there's no team the Welsh like to beat more than the English! Especially in our national sport - rugby!

The one opportunity for this is the Six Nations Championship, which sees England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France all competing for the trophy. The Welsh team started the match as the favourites, and had the added bonus of playing on home turf in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. After a few rousing Welsh songs and the national anthems the match began. It soon emerged that things were not going to be as clear cut as everyone thought. England put in a good fight and at half time there was a feeling that it could go either way, but in the end Wales pulled through and were victorious! Go Wales!

3 comments:

redframe said...

Yeah baby go Wales! Us Saffers also tend to support anyone who's playing against England or Aus... Sadly my home team lost their first Super 14 game. Boo.

The Cwtch said...

:o(

Seaside Prep said...

Yay for the Welsh victory!!