The Lions and Wales

Yesterday saw the first games in both the Lions’ tour of New Zealand and Wales’ tour of the USA. Both games finished with the right side winning. The interesting match was definately the Lions though. It was always going to be a great tour; the Kiwis only see the Lions every 12 years and it’s a country where rugby is held higher than religion. The Lions’ squad is immense but lost a great player yesterday when Dallaglio was injured. Now its onto Taranaki before the first big test against the New Zealand Maori.

It was good to see Wales running in eleven tries. There was no let up in the resolve to win and they kept going right through to the end. The tour side that has gone to the US is missing key senior Welsh players and is a very young side. The future is looking promising for Welsh rugby, brighter than I can remember.

There’s been a lot of stink being kicked up by the Scottish and Irish Rugby Unions over Wales’ announcement that they are going to join the English sides in the revamped Powergen Cup. The opportunity for both financial gain and top class competitive experience for the Welsh Rugby Union can’t be turned down. I’m hoping that it doesn’t spell the end for the Celtic League but speaking as a Welshman living in England, I’d love to have more opportunity to see Welsh clubs playing locally.


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