In less than two weeks Australia arrive in Cardiff for the last match of the Autumn Internationals, but some of them have been very naughty boys on tour, they will be keen to check out the Cardiff pubs!
Six players have been suspended for consuming “inappropriate levels of alcohol”, according to coach Ewen McKenzie. While five of the players will be back for the Millennium Stadium match, prop Paddy Ryan will serve his ban against Wales because the Wallabies are required to have four props on the bench.
After the demolition of the Pumas this weekend, confidence is high in the Wales camp, so we are going to assume the Wallabies will get a thrashing at the Millennium Stadium.
Dejected, we also assume they’ll want to drown their sorrows in one or all of these Cardiff pubs – although they’ll probably have been on the sauce before the game anyway.
To help in either event, we’ves put together a quick tour of Cardiff pubs guide.
There are many great Cardiff pubs in the capital, but the 11 pubs we are sending them to will take them briefly out of the city centre as they will probably be hoping to escape celebrating Wales fans – not there is much chance of that happening anywhere in Cardiff, or indeed Wales.
The losing Aussie boys could start their Cardiff pubs tour a rugby ball throw away from the Millennium Stadium is Wetherspoon’s The Gatekeeper pub on Westgate Street. They will be keen to drown their sorrows as soon as possible.
Then they will have worked up an appetite after George North and the boys have run rings around, so they could head to The Conway in Pontcanna, who has been in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide for four year running. a gastronaught of Cardiff pubs.
They enjoyed the Guinness in Dublin they might like the wares of Evan Evans and they could sample some at The Cricketers on Cathedral Road one of the Cardiff pubs close to the cricketing haven that is Sophia Gardens.
There is little chance of escaping Welsh fans in the Y Mochyn Du, but on the plus side with many speaking Welsh the Aussies won’t know they are being laughed at.
This route would take them back near the Stadium so they may want to nip into Callaghans, an Irish example of Cardiff pubs, if there is such a thing?
They have tried Evan Evans now they can try Brains at the Rummer Tavern, a pub with a history spanning back over three centuries. One of the oldest of Cardiff pubs.
Named after the Mascot of the Royal 41st regiment of Wales The Goat Major the team could enjoy a tasty pie.
The Yard Bar and Kitchen is no stranger to rugby players on a drinking session. Gavin Henson damaged the toilets on a night out at the venue.
Further along St Mary’s Street is O’Neills, although maybe Irish bars shouldn’t be on this itinerary, but that is unlikely to stop them.
And sticking with Irish bars they could cross the road to Kitty Flynns another example of Cardiff pubs with an Irish theme.
Finally they could finish in perhaps the only place they might find any consolation, the Australian bar The Walkabout.