Rugby & Wales!
For the past few weeks, I have been watching Rugby World Cup. It started with the opening ceremony and England match. I have tuned into more games, then any other sport. I think it’s because a Welsh Rugby lover said, the more I watch the more I would understand. It’s worked! I’ve actually learnt about the game, how it’s played and the tournament. I’ve got to know players, teams but will admit I am a Wales supporter throughout the competition. I may not be from Wales, have any family who live there, but I just love the country. If you speak to a Welsh person, their always proud of where they come from unlike when you speak to an English person outside of football. The people, the patriotism, the accent and I respect the Welsh love they have for their country. I’ve been to North Wales lots when at university. Loved the fact I could drive to the nearest ASDA and it be in Wales. Last time I was in North Wales, I got a Welsh Rugby top! Been to South Wales, fell in love with Cardiff, visited Caerphilly. Even did the Gavin and Stacey tour (best day ever!). There’s so much more I would like to do there, including going to Portmeirion, going up Snowdonia, watching a rugby match at Millennium Stadium, go to Tenby, learn the language and do a cookery lesson!!
Back to the Rugby World Cup…….. The one thing I don’t understand is why the Rugby World Cup hasn’t had an impact like the Olympics? The Olympics brought people together, companies backing the competition, the atmosphere and talk around the games was constant. Why not Rugby World Cup? However being in London for the Cake and Bake Show, we headed to Southbank where we came across AIG Haka 360 experience. The experience was where you watched the New Zealand All Black’s Haka being up close to them. It was a virtual experience so you watched a video and listened with headphones and control by pointing your head. The experience itself was amazing, you got to be up close, you got to experience what it be like for the other team to watch. I’ve never done a 360 experience like that before, so would definitely do it again, whenever it pops up! After the 360 video, me and my dad had a photo took. It was really difficult to do, as you had to look like you were trying to do a try. I can safely say that I couldn’t make it being a rugby player. Afterwards, we headed back to watch England get defeated by Australia!!!
I think the Rugby World Cup has had less coverage unlike football tournaments like the World Cup and Euro. I don’t know if its because I don’t come from a rugby family background, been unaware of the build up or live in a town where a match is taking place. Either way, I can honestly say I have enjoyed it so far. Will carry on watching the matches. Keep supporting Wales, as long as they have me! Learn more about the game….. just need to decide what to do afterwards??
Here’s some information about the AIG 360 Experience I did – http://www.haka360.com/ The 360 Video I watched – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5cHElD5cf8 and the making of the experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40AJ-Zd0P0k. Comment below if you have enjoyed watching the matches, who you support and if you’ve taken part in the AIG experience.