Pupils from Cardiff spoke to their counterparts in Australia today ahead of the second Lions test – via the first ever ‘Hole in the World’.
The Year five and six pupils from Albany Primary School were the first to peer over an eight-foot wide ‘hole’ to see and speak to contemporaries in real-time at an identical hole in Melbourne.
The technological innovation, installed outside the Capitol Centre on Queen Street, has been created by computer giant Microsoft.
It is believed to be a world-first interactive hole connecting sports fans.
Pontypridd-born veteran of three Lions tours and 100-cap Wales international Martyn Williams spoke to ex-Wallaby Michael Lynagh to demonstrate how it worked.
Williams said: “With work and family, I couldn’t get out there and a lot of people are in the same boat. It’s not as if it’s a two-hour flight.
“There’s so many Welsh supporters down there so I suppose you could get in contact with them through that as well, so it’s a great concept.”
Meanwhile until Saturday afternoon, June 27, the hole will be the stage for a series of challenges between fans of the Wallabies and Lions.
If the Lions lose, Williams will be forced to pose for pictures in a Wallabies jersey while if the Lions win, Lynagh will have to pull on a Lions top.
“I never played against Michael Lynagh. I’m not that old,” Williams said.
“At the moment, the Australians are not in the greatest place sporting-wise.
“We have had years on the other end of it so it’s nice to dish it out. But it’s only one-nil and it’s going to be tight again.
“I think with Australia decimated by injuries to so many frontline players, we will just edge it again.”
The children from Albany Primary, who got involved after being contacted by communications firm 3 Monkeys, had lions face paints and were in position at 8.30am today to speak to children in Australia at 6.30pm their time.
Deputy headteacher Will Howlett said they had been excited about the prospect all week.
He said: “It’s great for us opportunity to come down and meet Martyn Williams and be involved with something communicating with children the other side of the world.
“We love giving children any opportunity we can to develop their communication skills and get out and be at events like this – it’s a life experience.”
For more information, visit www.holeintheworld.co.uk