RUGBY-Wales training session

The Millennium Stadium threw open it’s doors again for another free Wales training session on 15th February, 2012. Thousands queued from around midday and were allowed access from 2pm ready for the main event kicking-off at 3pm.
Fans were promised an exclusive glimpse of the squad being put through their paces and normal training preparations in front of a 13,000 strong crowd.

Everyone had to register on the WRU website initially so they could staff the event properly and make sure the whole event went smoothly (which it did!)
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Bang on 3pm and the Master of Ceremonies welcomed the Wales Team onto the pitch to raptuous applause from the crowd which packed into the Westgate Street stand (has it got any better name – was it the old BT stand?) 13,000 is the largest attendance so far for a training session helped mainly to it being half-term in Cardiff!
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
George North wasn’t taking part in the session due to his ankle injury but freely spoke about this and the Six Nations campaign so far via the many television cameras that were set up around the ground capturing every piece of training also being displayed on the big screens in the stadium. He reflected on the crowd support, “The support that we have is amazing and the atmosphere was awesome. When we’re out there on the pitch with the roof closed, it’s the best place to be.”
Whilst Captain Sam Warburton added, “We have the best fans in the world,” which led to the loudest cheer of the day from the crowd before he added that he usually likes to train to the sounds of Metallica!

Wales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
After the players ran out onto the pitch and instantly had a ten minute ‘warm-up’ session involving gentle running, lying on the floor and kicking their legs (known to most of us as ‘The Dying Fly’) and low impact activities – it was time to move on into more active territories!

 

Wales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Next Warren Gatland with other specialist coaches Neil Jenkins, Rob Howley, and Robin McBryde got more involved and carried out some more intensive and tactical training whilst Wales captain Sam Warburton could only watch from the side-lines!
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Some musical accompaniments blasted from the Millennium Stadium speakers – with promises of Metallica but all I remember was some really dodgy MOR driving anthems – nothing really to get the young guns gee’d up for a rugby game mind! (maybe the WRU didnt really want to give away the tracks they really use in the dressing room for encouragement!)
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium

In the middle of the training session replacement Captain Ryan Jones grabbed a microphone and dashed into the crowd to speak to the kids and find out who their favourite players were! T’was funny how many said Ryan (only one for Sam, George and Jonathan Davies – not a single Shane!)

After doing his GLC impression Ryan then settled down pitchside to take part in another interview. (Any ideas who this was with?)

 

Wales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Coming to the end of the training session where half of the players adorned yellow sashes and played a quick game of rugby against each other whilst others put on the extra body armour! There were some awful passes and balls dropped but it was all taken in jest and wasn’t THAT serious to give the spectators too much cause for concern before the next proper game.
We were all thanked for turning up and supporting Wales and then handed our signed Wales Team 2012 full colour and glossy A3 sized posters complete with a flyer for the next Barbarians game in the Summer.
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Wales Rugby training at the Millennium StadiumWales Rugby training at the Millennium Stadium
Overall it was a really well organised afternoon by the WRU and run like clockwork. All the young kids loved being at the stadium, getting their free posters and cheering the squad on. Let’s hope more youngsters get interested in rugby and from grass roots we can find a few more stars of tomorrow!

The full set of photos can be viewed via the link below or by clicking the play button on the slideshow.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/djleekee/sets/72157629334274873/
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4 Responses to “RUGBY-Wales training session”

  1. Excellent, my camera struggled on the day – had not expected to go but ended up there on the day – great occasion though.

  2. Thanks for the comment! I’ve recently got a new camera so thought it would be good experience to take it along and see how it performs.

    Most shots were acceptable but on full zoom they were beginning to look a bit soft. I’m sure there were some digital anti-shake artefacts causing this softness but overall I was pleased with the results!

    Lee
    http://www.djleekee.co.uk

  3. Darin Gutenberger Reply February 5, 2013 at 07:28

    Rugby World Cup packages to tour with other spectators and players to take part in the ultimate festival of rugby will appeal to followers of the game. Every four years the World Cup tournament comes around. This is like a climax that aficionados will patiently wait for. It builds up over years, months, weeks, days, and hours until the moment of the finals kick-off. Many people will save assiduously for years o be part of a tour.A party of rugby followers is likely to be a diverse group. The game knows no social, physical or psychological barriers. Quick small people have become legends of the game. Giants, both tall and wide, are central to the scrum and normal men are needed on the flanks. It is known as the gentlemen’s game for hooligans and both types are likely to be represented in any game.*

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