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Scrum V's Behind the Scrum with Dragons cheerleaders The Dance Katz
Phil Steele got Behind the Scrum with Dragons cheerleaders The Dance Katz

Scrum V on the Radio took a look "Behind the Scrum" in the 2008/9 season.

Every week in Behind the Scrum, Phil Steele met some of the people who play their part behind the scenes of rugby in Wales.

He sought out a wide variety of characters - from fitness coaches and dieticians to cheer leaders and even a team bus driver!

If you know someone involved in Welsh rugby in an unusual capacity behind the scenes that you'd like Phil to feature, e-mail us at

Let us know what you think on our section of the 606 forum.

7 May - Andy Howell, Western Mail rugby correspondent

Phil risks the wrath of no-nonsense, abrasive rugby writer Andy Howell who's covered the ups and downs of welsh rugby for the last 22 years.

30 April - The Wales touch rugby squad

Phil catches up with members of the Wales touch rugby squad as they prepare for the home nations tournament in Glasgow in summer 2009.

23 April - Brian Walker, ground manager at Cardiff Arms Park

Phil jogs the memory of Cardiff Arms Park ground manager Brian Walker, who first joined the ground staff in the early Seventies.

Who have been some of the great characters during his time and what are his thoughts on the Blues leaving at the the end of the season?

9 April - Gareth Simmonds, Wales' longest serving referee

Phil chats to former international referee Gareth Simmonds who retires at the end of the season after 30 years as an official.

What was his most memorable match, which players gave him the most trouble on the field and what was his biggest howler?

26 March - The walkers Of Croesyceiliog RFC - Phil takes a stroll with brothers Colin and Alan Wilmott and their two mates John Jones and Chris Johns who keep fit by walking to all their club's away matches!

They are building up to the last game of the season, 30 miles away.

19 March - Gareth Williams -professor of history at the University of Glamorgan. Phil visits Gareth Williams, professor of history at the University of Glamorgan, to find out where the term 'Grand Slam ' comes from.

12 March - Mike Coe - Head Of Property Cardiff Airport.

Phil pitches up at Cardiff Airport to meet a man who as well as being secretary of Tongwynlais RFC is also head of property at Cardiff Airport.

With an estimated 4000 fans and the Welsh team flying out of the airport for the match how many extra pints of beer does the airport sell, and what happens if one of the Welsh team forgets their passport?

26 February - Phil gets on his bike for the Tour de France International weekend.

Alex Meredith and his six old school friends from Cowbridge Comprehensive School as they cycle the 270 miles from Cardiff's Millennium Stadium to Stade de France as a tribute to Wales' Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke.

19 February - Craig Wilson, driver of the Wales team bus.

Phil catches up with Craig Wilson of Edwards Coaches, the driver of the Welsh team bus.

What's the atmosphere like on the bus before a game and do the players ever have a 'whip -round' for him?

12 February - Siencyn The Goat - Mascot of the Band of the Royal Welsh Regiment

Phil meets Sergeant David Joseph, Goat Major to the Royal Welsh Regiment, and Siencyn the Goat, who wins his 65th 'cap' on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium as mascot to the regimental band of the Royal Welsh Regiment who play at all Wales' home matches.

5 February - The Scotland Trip: Pontyclun RFC

Phil meets members of Pontyclun RFC as they prepare for their bi-annual pilgrimage to Murrayfield, a trip they have been making for past last 30 years.

29 January - Referee assessor Les Peard:

Phil catches up with referee assessor Les Peard.

What makes a good referee and can referees suffer a loss of form just like players?

8 January - Tea Ladies Of Bridgend Athletic:

Phil visits Bridgend Athletic RFC to meet Maureen Evans, Joyce Sutton and Sheena Lewis who between them have nearly 75 years of experience providing post-match meals for the players!

18 December - Bethesda's Big Day:

Phil visits Bethesda Rugby Club as they prepare to face Cardiff in The Swalec Cup - the biggest match in the club's 35 year history!

11 December - Weldon Davies, Millennium Stadium director of ball boys:

Phil talks to one of Welsh rugby's great characters - Weldon Davies secretary of Bedwas RFC and the man who has been in charge of the ball boys at Cardiff Arms Park and The Millennium Stadium for 42 years!

4 December - Scrum V, the racehorse:

Phil visits the stables of racing trainer Tim Vaughan at Aberthin near Cowbridge to meet a racehorse named Scrum V.

Where did he get his name, is he worth putting a few quid on next time out and are there any other racehorses with welsh rugby connections?

27 November - Holi Smith, Welsh Rugby Union International Department:

Phil sits in the President's Box at the Millennium Stadium to talk to 20-year-old Uwic student Holi Smith, who must have the best part-time job in the world - working in the international department of the Welsh Rugby Union!

Holi's match-day duties vary from sorting out kit for the ball boys to escorting Prince William!!

20 November - Rhys ap William, Millennium Stadium announcer:

Phil gets behind the mic at the Millennium Stadium with stadium announcer Rhys ap William.

Does he ever get carried away in supporting Wales on the mic? Has he ever made mistakes? And what's all this about marriage proposals?

13 November - Gerry Toms, Stadium Manager of The Millennium Stadium:

Phil chats to one of the busiest men in Welsh rugby during the autumn Tests, The Millennium Stadium's stadium manager at Gerry Toms.

How much work goes into preparing the stadium for a match and does the stadium manager ever actually get to watch the game?

6 November - Citing commissioner, Gwyn Bowden:

Phil meets "Big Brother" in the stand.

What does a citing commissioner look out for during a match and does he ever feel a bit of a "snitch"?!!

30 October - Daloni Lucas, Ospreys' Physio:

Following his exploits with the Welsh media XV at The Millennium Stadium last time out, Phil needs to see a physio! He meets Daloni Lucas of the Ospreys - the only female physio working in the Welsh regional game.

16 October - International Player Experience:

To mark the launch of the new Wales playing kit, Phil takes part in a training session as part of of a Media XV which is put through its paces by Warren Gatland and his coaching team on The Millennium Stadium turf.

He actually gets to wear his very own personalised Welsh shirt!

9 October - Samurai the Bull, mascot to Bargoed RFC:

Phil visits Pentreporth Farm near Bargoed, the home of Samurai a life-size papier mache bull - the proud and honorary mascot of Bargoed Rugby Club.

2 October - PA to Dai Young, Victoria McCracken:

Phil meets Vicky to find out about her role as personal assistant to the Blues' director of rugby.

Does Dai Young take much organising - and just who is the real boss?!!! Scrum V Radio reveals all...

25 September - Chaplain to the Scarlets, the Rev Eldon Phillips:

Following his encounter with the cheerleaders last week, Phil decides to go in search of some spiritual refreshment as he meets the Reverend Eldon Phillips, the Scarlets' chaplain.

What is the role of a chaplain to a rugby team, does he get his congregation to pray for his team and is it true that West is best even though the Bible says that "the wise men came from the east"!

18 September - Newport Gwent Dragons cheerleaders The Dance Katz:

It's a tough job but someone has to do it! - Phil Steele meets the cheerleaders for the Newport Gwent Dragons, The Dance Katz.

How nerve-racking is it to dance in front of 5000 people at Rodney Parade and what sort of reaction do they get from the crowd? Oh yes, and do cheerleaders ever get chatted up by the players?!!!

11 September - Television match official Tony Rowlands:

We go "upstairs" with television match official (TMO) Tony Rowlands as he does duty at the Blues versus Leinster Magners League match at Cardiff Arms Park.

What is the TMO actually allowed to adjudicate on and does he really sit "upstairs"?

4 September - Dragons fitness coach Steve Richards:

A man responsible for that horrible, breath-reducing, sweat-producing, nausea-inducing hell called pre-season training gives an insight into the fitness requirements of the top players and also some fitness tips for players at lower levels.

Do you have to have a sadistic streak to be a conditioning coach!?

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