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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.

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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.

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

The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

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Welsh Rugby Union Squad 2012

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WRU Sqaud 2012

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      SororPeregrina 4 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!