If you are an ardent rugby union fan and want to know about Wales Rugby Union Team then you are at the right place. In this article you will get all the information about the Wales rugby union team with its history and their team structure and also about some of the big names of Wales’s rugby union team. Wales’s rugby union team is one of the better teams in the rugby union. You may not call it a big force but you can not ignore them certainly.
All you want to know about Wales Rugby Union Team
Union: Wales Rugby Union
Governing Authority: The Welsh Rugby Union
Nick Name: The Red Dragons
Emblem: The Prince of Wales’s Feathers
Home Ground: The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Most Caps: Gethin Jenkins – 107
Top Scorer: Neil Jenkins – 1, 049
Most Tries By: Shane Williams
Current Coach: Warren Gatland
Current Captain: Sam Warburton
First International Game: Vs England on 19th February, 1881, England 9 – 0 Wales
Largest Win: Vs Japan 98-0 on 26th November, 2004
Largest Defeat: Vs South Africa 96 – 13 on 27th June, 1998
Best IRB Rugby World Cup Performance: 3rd in 1987
About Wales Rugby Union Team
The Wales National Rugby Union Team represents the United Kingdom country Wales in the international rugby tournaments and test matches. The major tournament Wales rugby union team play is the Six Nations Tournament along with England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. The Wales rugby union team is certainly a team which can’t be ignored when an another team plays against them. They are at their best while playing the Six Nations tournament as they have won this tournament for not less than 26 times!! Not only that they are the current holders of the Six Nations trophy as well. Wales rugby union team is also highly regarded by the IRB and they have put the team in the ‘Tier One’ of the international rugby.
The governing body of the Wales rugby union team, the Welsh Rugby Union or WRU was established in the year 1881 and on the same year Wales played their first ever international game against England in the then ‘Five Nations Rugby’, although they were defeated by their neighbors.
The most famous win for the Wales rugby union came in 1905 when they defeated the mighty All Blacks team of New Zealand by 3-0 at the Arms Park. Before and in between the two World Wars, Wales rugby struggled a bit to find their place in the top rugby union teams of the world, but since 1960s, they have become a formidable side when they won 8 Five Nations Championships between 1969 and 1980 including 3 shared wins.
The Wales rugby union team has participated in all the IRB Rugby World Cups till date and their best performance came in the first world cup itself in 1987 when they finished 3rd.
Some of the Notable Wales Rugby Union Team Players of All time
- Fank Hancock
- Gwyn Nicholls
- Bleddyn Williams
- Jack Matthews
- Cliff Morgan
- Gerald Davies
- Barry John
- Gereth Edwards
- Phil Bennett
- Mervyn Davies
- JPR Williams
- Ieuan Evans
- Shane Williams
- Neil Jenkins
- Gethin Jenkins
- Ryan Jones
- Leigh Halfpenny