Show Your Colours

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!

Happy to be Irish
Happy to be Irish

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.

Nice Hair
Nice Hair

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.

The Whole Hog
The Whole Hog

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.

The Shamrock Suit
The Shamrock Suit

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.

The Little Daffodil
The Little Daffodil

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.

The Quartet
The Quartet

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.

The Little Dragon
The Little Dragon

Even a red streak down the nose in case you miss the Dragon.

Cymru
Cymru

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!

Irish Eyes are Smiling
Irish Eyes are Smiling

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.

Opposites Attract
Opposites Attract

Obviously you have the odd person who doesn’t think you may notice a small emblem on his cheek!

Having a Facial
Having a Facial

You also have the hats. Some people buy them from the stalls, but others make their own.

From a simple bandana…

The Bandana
The Bandana

…to a lovely daffodil hat, with a pretty smiling face below it.

The Daffodil Hat
The Daffodil Hat

How can you not smile when you’re wearing a bonnet like this?

Enter The Dragon
Enter The Dragon

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.

Carrying the Irish Baby
Carrying the Irish Baby
Carrying the Welsh Baby
Carrying the Welsh Baby

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.

5 thoughts on “Show Your Colours

  1. Waow, what a wonderful colour post ! nice gallery of portraits, they are all so proud and happy ! The shot “opposites attract” is such a nice way to show how people can support different teams and stay together.
    They are all with the Nikon, right ?

  2. Merci beaucoup Esther. Oui, la couleur est le mieux pour ces photographies.

    Oui, le Nikon avec le 85mm. 🙂

    • Merci pour cette réponse en français, Justard, tout juste !!

  3. I’m so used to seeing your photos in black and white that it’s a nice surprise to see a post full of color. Everybody looked so vibrant in their sharp greens and reds. Of course, the smiles definitely helped them look more vibrant. I don’t know how you always get the happy people. 😀

  4. Tina, worry no longer, there are plenty of less happy people I shoot. On match day most people are happy but you still get the ones who don’t like you shooting them, so I guess the percentage goes up for the day.
    Normal service of B&W will return, but it is nice for a change.

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