ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Welsh Rugby Union

Updated on February 29, 2016

Welsh Rugby Union: The Sport of a Nation

Since 1881, the Welsh Rugby Union team has represented the Nation in International tournaments including Six Nations, Rugby World Cup and Internationals. The team's home ground is The Millennium Stadium Cardiff, which was built to host the Rugby World Cup in 1999. Nicknamed the Red Dragons, Wales Rugby Union team is currently managed by Warren Gatland and Captained by Sam Warburton.

Find out more about Welsh Rugby Union and its past and present achievements here on this lens, and don't forget to come back later to find out how Wales are doing in future tournaments.

Image Credit

WRU Six Nations - Official Squad Photograph

Six Nations Squad 2013
Six Nations Squad 2013

Image Source:

WRU History

Welsh Rugby Union Team 1905
Welsh Rugby Union Team 1905

Brief History of Welsh Rugby Union

Welsh Rugby Union was formed in 1881. Despite a slow start, by 1893 their development won them the Triple Crown and the Championship in the Home Nations Tournament. The 1900s saw the dawning of the first "Golden Age" of Welsh Rugby Union with their defeat of the New Zealand All Blacks in 1905.

Rugby was suspended with the advent of WW1 and when it returned in the 1920s, Wales embarked on a period of defeat and disappointment. Between 1920 and 1968, Welsh victories were few and far between and team selection was influenced by the Depression and the migration of many Welsh natives at that time.

In 1968 things started to look up, when Wales began to compete in tours abroad and their first national coach was appointed. The period from 1969-1980 saw the Second Golden Age in Welsh Rugby Union and the team of this era is considered to be one of the greatest Rugby Union teams of all time. The team brought victory to the Nation with an array of Triple Crown, Grand Slam and International Trophies.

Unfortunately, the second Golden Age was to dwindle and from 1981-2003 Welsh Rugby Union achievements fell into decline again. Heavy defeats led to many of the Welsh Rugby Union players converting to the Rugby League game and this furthered the detriment of Welsh RU success. From the late 1990s, Wales' game began to improve once again, with encouraging "almost there" results in National and International tournaments.

Finally, in 2005 under the leadership of coach Mike Ruddock, victory belonged to Wales again with their victory over the Six Nations. In 2007, former All Black, Warren Gatland took charge of the team and led Wales to further success. Although not as consistent in victory as the previous golden Welsh teams, Wales has continued to improve its game and claim trophies along the way. In 2011, Wales made it to the semi-finals of the Rugby World cup for the first time since 1987, eventually losing to France 9-8.

March 2012 saw Wales claim the Six Nations Grand Slam for the third time in eight years, defeating France this time by 16-9 ... a result seen by many as fitting revenge for their earlier World Cup defeat.

Click Here to Read More About The History of Welsh Rugby Union

WRU Millennium Stadium

The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - The Home of Welsh Rugby Union

The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Click here for more information about The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

WRU Squad 2012

Welsh Rugby Union Squad 2012

WRU Sqaud 2012
WRU Sqaud 2012

WRU Kit 2013/15

WRU Best Game Highlights

Welsh Rugby Union on YouTube

WRU Tweets, News and Links

WRU Merchandise on Amazon and eBay

Welsh Rugby Union Guestbook - Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to leave your comments here....

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Bit of a false start against Ireland in 2013 (oh, that was painful to watch), but having won against France, let's go the rest of the way! Cymru am Byth!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)