Despite only a fortnight passing since Wales’ historic win over South Africa at the Millennium Stadium, Welsh fans are already facing withdrawal symptoms from the giant national flag that covered the empty stadium seats during the autumn series.
The flag (pictured) was part of the Welsh Rugby Union’s vision to bring – and keep bringing – test rugby to Wales as much as possible. An online poll has revealed that over 64% of Welsh fans feel ‘significant sorrow and lack of self-esteem’ over not having seen the giant flag for over a week.
Whilst traditionally Wales’ games against SANZAR nations would be things of rarity and importance, the WRU have worked hard in recent years to make these events commonplace, allowing everyone to get as much Team Wales and giant flag as they can.
“Now we always play four tests in November - including one outside the IRB window - fans are thrilled,” says Roger Lewis, WRU chief executive and marketing genius. “They can, for a hefty fee, share the experience of seeing Wales play a string of usually tired and somewhat under-strength SANZAR nations alongside a huge national flag.
“The giant Welsh flag adds a special touch to the magic occasion of our bi-monthly matches against Australia. There has been some criticism that maybe Wales should play fewer tests and sell out the stadium instead, but then where would the giant flag go? What nonsense. People want music, beer (lots of beer), fireworks and giant flags. We are currently looking to expand the autumn series to around 12 games after 2015. Fans will be pleased to hear these extra games may lead to another giant flag in the stadium.”
Meanwhile, the WRU are set to announce the dates of the next 34 games against Australia ahead of the 2019 world cup.