Jantra - I don't think teams like Madagascar, Kenya etc. pose a real threat to Wales ... but then again Wales did lose 23-8 to Japan this time last year so have to be careful.
Andy - Wales do have talented players, quite right. But a record of 10 wins from the last 25 test matches looks poor though.
Is football or rugby the #1 sport in Wales? Always a big topic! As I said on a different thread, Wales are doing great in other sports (Gareth Bale, Glamorgan cricket, Becky James, Non Stanford) so maybe the rugby can achieve something too?
I like Rugby enjoy watching it prefer football tbh I grew up prefering rugby had no interest in football at all. What really gets me about Rugby in Wales is not the actual sport but the bloody cultural myth surrounding the whole thing the idea that coming up to an international there are "3 million selectors in Wales" and that the Welsh "eat,sleep and live rugby"( these are things i've heard people say on TV) when in fact more people go watch the bluebirds on one saturday afternoon then watch all four regions put together in one week. Theres this saying that the millenium stadium has a "cauldron atmosphere" when Wales play rugby there but I went to Wales v Italy this year and it was like a bloody library in there they only sing when their winning unlike football. Most of the fans only come down for a day out and dont know anything about the players or the rules they are just there for a piss up and I dont need to say much about the sparkly cowboy and daffodil hats do I? I dont want the world to think we are all a bunch of fatties from the valleys I went into a bar on grayfriars road this year to watch Wales V France and see what the atmosphere in town on a grand slam day ( are we bored of winning that now? ) never again.
More people watch/play football than rugby in Wales.
Oceania is a nightclub.
Wales cannot beat almost anyone on 'our day' or anyone else's
The media in Wales is awful and the way it perpetuates certain narratives is shocking. WM bar one or two writers is akin to a 6th form newspaper. My biggest gripe us that it sells itself as National Newspaper of Wales, so visitors and the twp amongst us swallow their stuff whole and thus perpetuating certain myths. Just look at total lack of scrutiny of WRU and it's management style. 50 pages about what the world thinks of George North is not rugby journalism. I am a rugby supporter, football holds no appeal for me as a sport but it is played and watched by more, always has, always will.
In terms of Autumn it wouldn't surprise me if we go 1 and 3 as the gameplan hasn't evolved and whilst effective against NH is pretty ineffective against SH, what is now 1 in 26 against the big 3? Wales are not as good as everyone claims, the coaches regularly get out thought and as often stated we have plan b.
Rhodri, that's a fair point about Wales' record against southern hemisphere teams. Wales haven't beaten New Zealand since 1953, only ever beaten South Africa once, and last win against Australia was in 2008. As Jantra pointed out, Wales play all 3 in the autumn so a chance put a dent in those records.
I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Welsh rugby team on being 6th in the world... In which only 10 countries give a reasonable toss about, with that Top 10 including tiny Pacific islands and of the top 3 of this global giant of a sport, only the private school chaps in Oz (where it is the 4th biggest football code) and whites in South Africa care whilst New Zealand is too busy kidnapping/raping the aforementioned Pacific Islands of their young talent get a team together. Rah rah rah. Rugby 'WORLD' Cup, you having a laugh or are eggchasers shite at geography?
Welsh rugby culture is the scourge of our society it has completely gobbled up Welsh people's expression of national identity and their attention to their own country if only they would pay a 10th as much attention to our levels of poverty, terrible education system and our the corrupt clique of Labour boyos who run Wales.
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