On Saturday Wales played Ireland in the 6 Nations Rugby Union Championship at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
It is always a celebration when there is an International at the Stadium. I think I have mentioned in the past that the Stadium is in the Centre of the City, so it is all encompassing. The atmosphere is fantastic, and the friendly banter is everywhere, even though this was such a crunch match. I will get it out of the way now, Wales won 23 – 16, dashing Irelands hopes of winning the Grand Slam!
It is such a colourful event, hence the colour shots. Some people just wear the team scarf like the woman above and the man in the top shot. There are so many scarf stalls throughout the city on the day. They also sell other clothing paraphernalia, and I think that the following guy probably made a visit to one of them so he could show off who he is supporting.
Then you have the people who go the whole hog and wear a complete outfit, along with their friends. What is not visible in this shot is the guy wearing a lycra clinging outfit with a cape. I had to leave the guy on the right in so you could see what he thought of them.
You also have the others who like to dress up, but not so much in fancy dress but a bit more formal and still show off their allegiances.
Others are a lot more subtle, just wearing the red of Wales with a small daffodil emblem so you have no doubt who they are supporting.
These women are not overly dressed up by others standards, but showing the colours well. These women were laughing so much when I spotted them. From what I understand, there was a cameraman and a presenter. They had asked 2 groups of women to sing and had given them the words to a song. I think the women were expecting it to be in Welsh but seemed as though it was in Gaelic, and they couldn’t pronounce the words. Hence the quizzical looks on their faces, and the laughter.
There are Face Painters everywhere, and by the nature of them they can go wherever. Face Painting seems to be favoured by women and children and the day starts with just a few people with the emblems on their cheeks but as you approach Kick Off time it is sometimes hard to find someone without their cheeks decorated.
Even a red streak down the nose in case you miss the Dragon.
Although this girl has a shamrock on her cheek and I have entitled it “Irish Eyes are Smiling”, you may notice a slight view of the red of a dragon on the other cheek. I did notice that, of the older people she was with, the woman had a dragon on her cheek whereas the man spoke with such a strong Irish brogue!
You notice a lot of mixed support, where one person is supporting Wales openly, whereas the other is supporting Ireland. This is the lovely nature of Rugby as opposed to football. Both sides enjoying the day, like this couple below.
Obviously you have the odd person who doesn’t think you may notice a small emblem on his cheek!
You also have the hats. Some people buy them from the stalls, but others make their own.
From a simple bandana…
…to a lovely daffodil hat, with a pretty smiling face below it.
How can you not smile when you’re wearing a bonnet like this?
I think the following two shots epitomise the whole atmosphere of a Rugby Union International. The women are showing their colours as they go into the stadium, and are both carrying babies in slings on their fronts.
Looking forward to September and the Rugby Union World Cup. Although it is being held in England, there will be 8 games played at the Millennium Stadium, because people realise it is the best Rugby Stadium in the World.