Time for Wales to Wax Lyrical and Forget Those World Cup Blues

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Time for Wales to Wax Lyrical and Forget Those World Cup Blues


Byline: By Carolyn Hitt

Sometimes i wonder if there is such a thing as a rugby-free zone in Wales.

There I was, flat out on the beautician's couch having my eyebrows waxed into a delicate arch (it's the poor woman's Botox apparently) when the mobile rang.

Soothed by the mood lighting, the waft of essential oils and the hum of pan pipe muzak, I ignored its insistent trill. But it kept ringing.

This could be an emergency. Halting the beautician's final pluck, I rolled off the couch and reached for the phone. It was indeed an emergency...of sorts. "Home or away?" demanded a desperate voice on the other end of the line.

"You said Bedlinog, but have we got them home or away?"

The sound of a penny dropping cut through the pan pipes. It was Max Boyce. As promised, I'd texted him Glynneath's opponents for the third round of the Konica Minolta Cup the minute the draw arrived in the email inbox.

"Home, Max."

There was no going back to the world of hot wax, hair removal and whale song now. Once rugby had invaded the beauty salon, the only non-surgical facelift I was contemplating was the one Nigel Davies has given to today's Welsh team.

Fair play to Davies, given the task of caretaking this rather strange one-off fixture he's been determined to make his mark.

It could be a "thank you and bye" match for him. But whatever his own future holds, he's made a big effort to break with the past, both in preparation and selection for this clash with the world champions.

The Tenby training camp - complete with 1,000 schoolchildren on the touchline - was a nice touch. Nothing like a pile of adoring, autograph-hunting kids to make the World Cup wounded feel loved again, or remind them of the importance of connecting with the public. …

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