What else can I say?! We did it and it feels very very good.
I’ve been wondering what I should write here for the last couple of days and I’m going to use the words of ex-England hooker Brian Moore.
Eddie Butler said that he turned to Brian Moore during the closing quarter of Saturday’s match with Ireland to see that he’d removed his headphones and was absorbing the atmosphere. Brian turned to Butler and said “I finally understand what winning at rugby means to the Welsh people”.
That sums it up for me.
The result against Ireland also means that we swap places with Ireland in the IRB standings, moving from seventh to fifth place, hot on the heels of France, the only Northern Hemisphere team to feature above Wales in the current rankings.
So where now for Wales? We’re a young team (only two members of the squad are over the age of 30) and there are the U21’s Grand Slam winning team itching to get into the senior squad. The potential for the next few years is immense. Now Wales have to adjust to being thought of as a threat rather than a pushover and successfully defend their Six Nations title.
Whatever happens, it’s been a great year for Northern Hemisphere rugby. Next year should see a four way tussle for the title which can only be a good thing.