I'm a Welsh rugby fan from Los Angeles, where I'll be watching the games at 1am in the pub!
Expect photos, interviews and strong opinions from fans of all ages and nationalities in LA, California.
The RWC 2011 perspective from an unlikely and unorthodox source... an American woman. @dragonrider09 on Twitter
I am a freelance sports photographer based in South Wales. Through my work I photograph many different sports but I have always had a special passion for rugby. I will be traveling to New Zealand to cover the World Cup as a photographer for Associated Sports Images where I will be following the fortunes of Wales and their opponents in group D closely.
In this blog I hope to share with you the excitement and atmosphere of RWC 2011 in words and exclusive pictures as it unfolds.
I'm Harri Thomas, 15, and a winger for Pontyclun RFC and have been involved in Cardiff Blues under 16's, but because of a fractured bone in my back I've been out of action - really frustrating! I've been watching Wales in the seventies and love the fluent non-stop running compared to today's rush defence game. Roy Bergiers, John Dawes, Tommy David, JPR and JJ awesome. My proudest rugby moment? When Cowbridge Comprehensive won last year's Welsh Schools Urdd Sevens. The player I always look forward to taking to the field is our very own newly-bulked-up Leigh Halfpenny. But if there is a part of the modern game that really bugs me it's the scrum. When you look at the props and hookers of today you see stripped, sculpted power packs (in most cases!) who spend most of their time pumping iron in the gym. However, when one force meets one of the same power you get an effect rivalling that of fire and ice, resulting in what looks like a messy game of twister. As well as this, when it comes to scrum time the no. 9 appears to be blessed with magic powers. If the scrum looks like it's going in the opposition's favour then he simply needs to raise his arms, shake his head and follow up with an Oscar-winning appeal to the referee for the scrum to be reset. It's as simple at that! Anyway, lots to talk about and I'm really looking forward to a great summer of rugby and the World Cup. Bring it on!
I'm 18 years old and a student from North Wales - where, believe it or not, we know as much about rugby as do those in the south! I am a former captain of the Gogledd Cymru Girls U18 Team as well as being a qualified coach and referee - I fancy I could give Gatland a run for his money and I'm almost always convinced I'm right and the ref's wrong - something I have in common with most of Wales I think...
As a lock and Number 8 I am an ardent supporter of the pack and firmly believe the good ol' forwards often deserve more credit than the so-called 'pretty' boys out on the wing! Rugby is one of the many subjects about which I am passionate, and as such I have some outspoken and often unusual opinions on the matter. Not one to shy away from confrontation on the field, the same goes for my reporting. I'm hoping the 2011 World Cup brings back the old Welsh flair - something that's been sorely lacking the last couple of seasons. So, let me hear you... Come on Cymru!