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By Dave Snowden  ·  July 27, 2014  ·  Rugby

Last night saw me at the Waratahs v Brumbies semi-final and it was a good evening.  I walked up to the stadium from the hotel which felt good as it was on top of a twenty mile bush walk and the atmosphere was good.  Very similar to a local derby in Wales and with a similar crowd.   It remains the great joy of Rugby that spectators mix both before, during and after the game.  I was under strict instructions from the Bealing twins to support the Waratahs, a decision made easier by the fact I ended up sitting in the season ticket...

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“Judgement Day” proves ironic

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 30, 2013  ·  Rugby

Enterprising marketing by the WRU today with a double header match involving all four Welsh regions in the Millennium Stadium.  They all turned out to be close matches and the overall audience was around twice what it would have been if the two matches had been held in the home stadiums.  More could have been done to make it a bigger day out and the merchandise was limited.  There was still a feel good factor from the defeat of the English two weeks ago and some residual traces of the atmosphere.  Unfortunately the train service had...

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Of the spear tackle

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 24, 2013  ·  Rugby

I've been going to the Hong Kong Sevens for many years now.  I missed one when Cardiff were progressing through the Heineken Cup but I'm normally there.   Working with Les Hales of CIO Connect during the days before and/or after and then from Friday night to Sunday watching Rugby from a box near the half way line trying to restrain my drinking.  From a business point of view this was one of the best visits and have demonstrated the value of patience!   More on that as some of the projects emerge.

I love the evening view over the...

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Socks - the new holy relic

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 16, 2013  ·  Rugby

Well you didn't expect me not to mention it did you?  After a whole month or so of the so called national press acting as a cheer leader for the inevitability of an English Grand Slam it was a real pleasure to be in the Millennium Stadium today.  Funnily enough there as a pretty solid confidence level in Wales.  I forecast a 12 point margin in our favour.  My reasoning was that England had struggled against Ireland, France and Italy while we had grown in capability and confidence ever since around 50 minutes into the match against...

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Not a WAG in site

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 9, 2013  ·  Great places, Rugby

It's a bit of a blurry photograph, the iPhone is good at many things but telephoto shots are problematic!  It's at the end of the Scottish match (one reason for my trip to Edinburgh) and the Welsh Team are doing a lap, not on honour, but to thank their supporters.   As they reached a corner of the stadium, some of the worst seats in the house they saw friends and relatives.  The picture shows Leigh Halfpenny with them.  A minute before Sam Wharburton had thrown his man-of-the-match award to one of the group.

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