Wales rugby union team

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August 13, 2022

The Wales rugby union team is the national team that represents Wales in major international rugby union competitions, the Rugby League World Cup and the Six Nations Tournament (referred to as the Tournament in the rest of the article). It is considered one of the best national teams in the world because of its track record and is, as of April 25, 2022, ninth in the ranking of national rugby union teams. In particular, several Welsh players of the 1970s, the Barry Johns, Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, Phil Bennett, John Taylor and Gerald Davies, are recognized among the greatest players in rugby union history. The 1980s and 1990s dented Welsh credit. However, the year 2005 saw the return to grace of a dynamic and attacking Welsh game. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is responsible for managing the Wales rugby union team, which plays its home matches at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Rugby Union is a popular sport that is part of the national culture of Wales. The Welsh team, nicknamed the “XV du Leek” (emblem of Wales), or “the Dragons”, competes each year in the Six Nations Tournament against the best European teams; it also has the second best record of the competition, after the England team. The selection also regularly tours to confront the best teams in the southern hemisphere, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She has also participated in all editions of the Rugby World Cup since its inception. She organized it in 1999, and finished semi-finalist there in 1987, 2011 and 2019.

History

British Dating and Falling Out (1880-1899)

The history of the Welsh XV began in 1880 with a series of meetings against English clubs and counties, Gloucestershire and Somerset, in particular. After having faced Scottish and Irish, the English agree to meet the Welsh at the beginning of 1881. The game which is disputed in Blackheath (suburb of London) on February 19, 1880 turns out to be a disaster for the visitors who concede the biggest defeat ever then recorded in an international match. The Welsh scored nothing against the English who scored thirteen tries, seven conversions and a drop. The addition could also have been heavier, but the English referee Arthur Guillemard notably refuses a completely valid try to the English. Robert Hunt scores a try by crossing a good part of the field without any Welsh player even managing to touch him. The referee rules that this type of action is not rugby, and he cancels the try. James Bevan (cap.), George Harding, Charles Newman, Edward Peake, Frank Purdon, Richard Williams participate in this meeting on the Welsh side... Following this debacle, Welsh rugby is trying to organize itself to catch up. The Welsh Rugby Union was thus created on March 12, 1881 in the Castle Hotel in Neath, while the national team played a series of three matches in 1881-1882 against the English counties of Northern England (North of England), at the selection of the Midlands (English Midlands), and the Irish team. This last match was played in Ireland on January 28, 1882 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin with the first Welsh victory 8 points to 0 (four tries and two conversions) in an international match. On December 16, 1882, the Welsh received the "XV of the Rose" in St Helens (Swansea) for a 0-10 defeat in the first match of the British tournament in front of 3,000 spectators. On January 8, 1883 at Raeburn Place (Edinburgh) Scotland received and beat Wales by 9 points to 3. It was not until 1884 that the four teams all met during the same s