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Rugby was first introduced to Wales in the mid nineteenth century, Although I doubt there were Wales Rugby Tickets on offer then. In 1881 Richard Mullock put together a team from the clubs to make up a Welsh team to face England; this was the beginning of what we call today the Welsh Rugby Union. Incidentally Wales lost this first game against England as England scored six tries, a drop goal and 7 goals to nil, although no points were awarded for tries or goals during that time. It must be borne in mind here that England had been playing as an international outfit for a decade with only two losses from 17 games.

After their seventh game against England, in 1890 Wales eventually beat England, ‘Buller’ Stadden scored a try worth one point to win the day.

1893 saw Wales win the first Triple Crown and this was the beginning of the first ‘Golden Era’ of Welsh rugby where Wales were to dominated the game though out the world. The first international touring team were the Maoris who Wales beat in 1888 and then in 1905 an otherwise unbeaten New Zealand were beaten 3-0 by Wales with a Teddy Morgan try, this game helped to turn rugby union global.

1906 saw the South African Springboks arrive and beat Wales 11-0, the Australians followed just two years later and were defeated 9-6.

Wales won the first ever Grand Slam in 1908 and again in 1909 and 1911, there is little doubt of Wales’s dominance in the game of rugby at this time or the fact that they were getting to a position where they could sell Wales Rugby Tickets.

The first 'Golden Era' included the first Grand Slam by any country and a record winning run of 11 games as Wales remained unbeaten between March 1907 to January 1910. When Rob Howley's side of 1999 matched that feat they did it in eight months. There were Grand Slams in 1908, 1909 and 1911, Triple Crowns in 1900, 1902, 1905, 1908, 1909 and 1911and those victories over New Zealand in 1905 and Australia in 1908. Welsh rugby had arrived as a major force in the world game.

Welsh rugby became a quieter affair through the twenties and thirties, save a second 13-12 win over the All Blacks in 1935 and the forties saw much less international rugby being played as a result of the world war but there was a resurgence in the fifties when Wales won Grand Slams in 1950 and 1952 and also a third win over the All Blacks in Cardiff.

Things quietened down after this and the second ‘Golden Era’ of Welsh rugby was to begin with a 1971 Grand Slam, this era of rugby remembers names such as Barry John, JPR Williams, Gareth Edwards and many more who will go down in the rugby hall of fame as a team who many would argue were the best to ever adorn a Welsh jersey. Through the period from 1971 to 1979 Wales won three Grand Slams and five Triple Crowns

In 1987 the inaugural Rugby World Cup took place and Wales beat Australia to finish third and went on to win a triple crown in 1988.

The nineties were a slightly more baron patch for Welsh rugby. The CardiffArmsPark which had hosted Wales for many years was pulled down and the new Millennium Stadium was built in preparation for Wales to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup although Wales failed to make the semi finals.

The next major victory for Wales was not until 2005 when they lifted the Grand Slam for the first time since 1978 and did so in thrilling style, they won another Grand Slam in 2008 followed by a win in the Autumn Internationals over Australia at 21-8.

Since this things seem to have gone quieter for Wales again as they look towards the next Six Nations tournament followed by the World Cup, only time will tell how they will fair. One thing is for sure and thats that Wales Rugby Tickets are quite expensive today.

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Other links of interets for Welsh Rugby are

WRU Official Site

Wales Rugby Wikipedia

 

 

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