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Wales Rugby History 1906-1919

Wales National Rugby Union Team represents Wales in international rugby union tournaments. Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom in the south-west of the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. Wales National Rugby Union Team governing body Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) was established in 1881. Wales National Rugby Union Team played their first international match against England in 1881. Welsh rugby struggled between the first and second World Wars. The International Rugby Board (IRB) regards Wales as a Tier One rugby nation and is ranked fourth in the world by the result of International Rugby Board (IRB) on 17th October 2011.

Wales National Rugby Union Team won the Home Nations Championship again in 1906. Later that year playing with the South African national side, this was the planned series of South Africa and is recognised as the event that coined the phrase Springboks as a nickname for the South African team for the first time. Wales were expected to defeat the South Africans but instead South Africa control Welsh in the forwards and eventually won 11–0.

Wales Team against Springboks

Wales National Rugby Union Team hopes were very high before the match that the Welsh would be able to see off the South African presure. As a commentator wrote, "There was nothing in the South African’s play to forbid Welsh hopes of repeating their success of last season...", to be similar Wales' famous victory over the All Blacks . But when a Glamorgan XV team, which contained many Welsh caps that were to face South Africa, could only manage a drew against Gloucester in the west of England, it caused some people to re-think the team's chances of winning. This caused an angry outcry for Welsh star, Gwyn Nicholls, to come out of international retirement to face South Africa. South African’s players were also disappointment at not facing Nicholls on the pitch.The South African defeat of Wales was a shock to many critics and ended the international careers of some of the greatest Welsh players of the time. Wales played their first match against Australia on 12 December 1908, defeating Australia by 9-6.

Wales National Rugby Union Team won the Home Nations Championship in 1909 after 1906 Championship.The first-ever Five Nations Championship was first started in 1910,when France joined the Home Nations as the fifth nation. Wales first time won Five Nations Championship in 1911 and took the first official Grand Slam by winning all their matches in the Five Nations. Grand Slam is given to whom who won all their matches in the Five Nations. France were heavily defeated by Wales at St Helens in 1910 by 49-14. Wales' first home loss to one of the Home Nations since 1899 when England's defeat of Wales at Cardiff in 1913 and was the first loss at home to England since 1895.The Great War came in 1914 and rugby was officially stop for the duration.

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Wales Rugby History 1906-1919


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