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The Top 4 Sporting Events to Look Forward to in Wales 2023

Wales is a sporting nation. If they’re not talking about rugby or football, the Welsh are talking about boxing, golf, or equestrian sports. Every sporting occurrence in Wales is a sort of small holiday, regardless if we’re talking about a stadium game in Cardiff or a game broadcast at a local pub. While the first half of the year was quite eventful, the remainder is not less exciting. With that in mind, here are the top four sporting events to look forward to in Wales in 2023.

Wales Open, or Cazoo Open, is a major golf tournament and a part of the DP World Tour. It ran from 2000 to 2014, when it was discontinued, only to be revived in 2020. It starts in August and will be held at Celtic Manor Resort (6km east of the centre of Newport). The tournament format is stroke play over four rounds with 18 holes played daily. The player with the lowest number of strokes across all four rounds wins. It’s also worth mentioning that, this year, it’s supported by a Welsh football legend Gareth Bale.

Speaking of football, we have to mention the Euro 2024 Qualifiers. Currently, Wales is in a tough group in the qualifiers (Group D). They’re up against Turkey, Armenia, Croatia, and Latvia; however, when it comes to their home games, they still have to play Croatia in October and Turkey in November. 

So, unless you plan to go abroad to support the national team, these are the two games you can watch at the Cardiff City Stadium. The rest, you’ll have to watch via S4C broadcast.

As for the away games, you can always watch a broadcast at home or go to a bar. If you’re interested in matches from other groups, you can always make them more interesting by finding a reliable bookmaker on bettingsites.co.uk. By picking a side and placing a bet, you’ll be more invested in the game just like as if it was Wales playing! 

Because Wales is currently tied with Croatia in points (4pts) but with a worse goal difference, they need to get the most out of these two games. After all, only two teams will qualify for the Euros; at the moment, these teams are Turkey and Armenia.

There are not many events that the Welsh are more passionate about than they are about horse racing. Namely, the Coral Welsh Grand National. This is a three-and-three-quarter mile (roughly 5,920 meters) race in Chepstow since 1949. The event itself can be traced as far back as 1895. The course has 22 fences for horses to navigate. Like every year, the race will take place in December.

In September, Welsh sports fans will be privileged to watch a real sports spectacle: Wales vs. Australia – Rugby World Cup. Of course, since we’re talking about two great rugby nations, it’s worth pointing out that these teams have a long history in the world cups. 

Australia has triumphed five times out of seven times that these two teams have faced off against each other. However, the last encounter in Tokyo in 2019 ended in a narrow victory for Wales. 

Add to this the fact that the game will take place at the OL Stadium in Lyon, which is much closer to Wales than it is to Australia. In other words, the Welsh team can expect stronger native support than their rivals. Still, with France’s current state of affairs, this seems all but certain.


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