Wales have been in out in France for the best part of a month now, and the players’ families have been supporting them all the way.
Players’ wives and girlfriends have documented their time at the tournament on social media, following their loved ones from Versailles, to Bordeaux, to Nice and eventually on to Lyon for this week’s match against Australia.
Warren Gatland’s wife Trudi has been at the centre of coordinating everything for the players’ families. From making sure they have what they need to getting to the games on time, she plays a crucial role.
Gatland has always employed a strong family ethos, and that translates to off the pitch activities too.
Speaking back in 2019, where Trudi had the same role, she said: “Warren’s emphasis has been that family come first, family is important. If they are being taken care of then the boys can relax, get on with their job and focus.
“He recognised early on that if they are all organised, it takes the pressure off the boys.”
It’s definitely working so far, with Wales having picked up maximum points from their opening two games, and they went all the way to the semi-finals four years ago.
Speaking back in July at a family day at the Vale training base, Trudi explained her role and eased the minds of player’s partners with a wholesome speech: “First of all today, I’ve spent most of the day in my phone and putting you all in to the WhatsApp group so that we’ve got a way of being in touch with each other. That WhatsApp group is for us to keep connected. Anything you need, WhatsApp me, I’ll tell Warren to sort it!”
Here are some of the best pictures shared from the last two weeks in France, as players’ families followed the team around the country.