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Flying the Welsh banner

Ireland fan
Ireland fans' delight was captured by photographer Rob Stradling

Wales' 2009 Six Nations campaign has been picture-perfect.

Fans cheered wins and commiserated losses by posting on the BBC's Six Nations group on the photo-sharing site Flickr - with a sea of green overflowing in Cardiff for Ireland's historic Grand Slam win.

And we are looking for more rugby-related offerings - whether it is the trials and tribulations of the regional matches, or perhaps pictures later in the year as you follow the fortunes of the Lions in South Africa.

Some of the many offerings during the Six Nations came from Rob Davies, who festooned his chemist shop in Caerau, near Maesteg, with cheeky banners marking Welsh wins - and a black banner commiserating the loss to France.

"It says: 'C'est la vie' (that's life)," Rob said.

"One woman saw it and said: 'But I don't know what it is because it's in Welsh.'"

He explained how his one-man tradition began:

C'est la Vie
That's life - Rob Davies' message after the defeat to France

"It started as a bit of fun when Wales beat England last [2008] year at Twickers [Twickenham], or HQ as the English like to call it," Rob told BBC Sport Wales.

"And I felt the Wales win needed to be celebrated in a way in which everyone could join in.

"So we painted the front of the chemist shop with the score and a slogan and the valley people loved it, they really did.

"It's created a lot of fun in the valley and people actually enjoy it, and that's the main thing."

The tradition has carried on this season and Rob's fame has grown, his daubings earning a cult following on websites including Flickr and Facebook.

"The internet isn't something that my generation are big on, but my children are really big on this stuff and they decided that it needed to go into cyberspace," said Rob, who owns up to being 51 years old.

"It seems to have created an awful lot of interest around the country as a whole - hundreds of people.

"I think we've actually had nearly 1000 'hits' and a lot of people have joined the website and put their comments on, which again is great."


You will find instructions on how to upload your snaps on the flickr.com site and you will find the BBC's Rugby Union group here .

If you are a Wales rugby fan, make sure you tag your pictures on flickr with "scrumv".

And if you would like your photo to have a chance of appearing on bbc.co.uk/scrumv - go into "flag your photo" and untick the box next to "hide this photo from public search".

So, show us what you, your friends and family are doing as you travel to the matches, or simply sit down with a few beers.

Please do not endanger yourself or others to contribute pictures and note that we cannot approve on-the-pitch action shots - look out for those on our rugby coverage instead.

We may even use some of your pictures on Scrum V on tv.

So, if you add your photos to our group, you are giving us permission to republish it, royalty-free. The copyright will remain with you.

We look forward to finding out what Scrum V viewers really look like when they are following Welsh rugby!



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