Last season I brought VVA Monino
(another Russian side) over and we won by a fair distance, but with the Canadian players and under the guidance of a coach like Clive Griffiths they seem to have developed massively in a short space of time.
On the three-day "Space Adventure: The Edge of the Earth," guests fly in a MIG-31 jet fighter and, while on ground, visit the Monino
This strange hybrid of a P-39 and P-63 assembled from fragments of several planes that crashed on the Siberian air route ALSIB, is displayed in the Air Forces museum in Monino
The week finishes with a visit to Monino
, Russia's famous Air and Space Museum.
Last week Gogledd Cymru went down 76-21 at home to Russian champions VVA Monino
, while they have also suffered defeats against the likes of Worcester Warriors A and Sale Jets (the Sharks second XV).
At present, one example is exhibited at the Air Force Museum at Monino
, near Moscow.
Gogledd, who it is hoped will become a semi-professional side and compete in the Premiership before too long, were put to the sword by Russian league champions VVA Monino
, going down 76-21 at Eirias Park, but team mamager Kenton Morgan was unconcerned by the result, and instead looked at the overall picture.
GOGLEDD Cymru will face a tough test tomorrow night when they welcome Russian champions VVA Monino to Eirias Park (7.
VVA Monino have won the Russian National Championship 15 times, including the last three, and have also won the Russian Cup 12 times.
In 2003 the Moscow Regional Rugby Centre was created in Monino and this has helped to improve the team's preparation and improve its results.