National Geographic : 2001 Jun
Almost a religion, rugby inspires passionlike nothing else. Its cathedral,Cardiff's new Millennium Stadium (left), hosts internationalmatches that draw crowds of more than 70,000. "You go up with a gang of mates on a bus or train,you have a few beers and watch the game," says GeraintPhillips,a steelworkerfrom Llanelli. "It's a greatday out." Fans can also get theirfix at smaller venues around the country. On their home pitch (above) the Llanelli Scarletsplay a benefit match againstretiredstars. Before a pre-season match againsta team from the English city of Bath (Caerfaddon, in Welsh) Llanelli ball boys and scorekeepers hang out at the scoreboard. 4 a rAL 1 lk"