Posted by Drew Hamley
If you happen to be reading this from abroad then you are forgiven for not knowing this, but the people who live here in Great Britain are fanatical about rugby, and there’s very few who are more fanatical than the Welsh. Whenever the Six Nations Rugby Tournament comes on the biggest and most popular game is always England vs Wales thanks to the strong and mostly friendly rivalry the two nations have built up over the years. But rugby isn’t limited to just national teams, there’s regional teams, local teams and even school teams who all enjoy the sport. This is where Watches of Wales is proud to show its colours and support a team based in Cardiff, where the store itself is located.
The Cardiff Blues have been around with us in one form of another since 1876 and have their home base at what is now called BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, previously known as the Millennium Stadium, before that it was Cardiff Arms Park, it’s a little weird really but not that important. The Blues have worked tirelessly over the years to develop and promote the rugby union in and around the city of Cardiff itself, as well as Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and the Vale of Glamorgan. They compete in a league known as the Pro12 which has teams from not only Wales, but also Ireland, Scotland and even Italy competing. As well as the Pro12 they also compete in the Anglo-Welsh Cup with their biggest highlight being in the 2008-2009 tournament where they came in first place after winning their match against the runners up, Gloucester, at the Twickenham Stadium.
Although they haven’t won since, and Cardiff as a city only has one win under its belt, who knows exactly what will happen in the next season? Whatever it is, it’s going to be sponsored by Watches of Wales who have once again stepped up to the mark and delivered an excellent performance. As a part of their sponsorship deal, the Watches of Wales logo takes pride of place on the reverse of all the laptop screens used by the coaching staff, along with the BT Sport logo and, of course, the logo of the Cardiff Blues. But it doesn’t stop there, as Watches of Wales is a jewellery and watch business, the player of the season will also receive a gift in the form of a wristwatch at the prestigious end of season dinner.
This is nothing new for the company, however, as not only have they sponsored the Blues in the past but they also cater to a lot of the top players in the Welsh teams when it comes to their choice of fine wrist-candy. These include but are certainly not limited to the likes of Josh Turnbull (Wales International Rugby & the Cardiff Blues), Dominic Day (Welsh WRU & Bath, Paul Hill (Northampton Saints & England International Rugby) and even David Davies whom has won bronze and silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics respectively.
Watches of Wales is a company made up of proud and dedicated sports fans, and is delighted to extend its sponsorship of the Cardiff Blues into another season.