Sam Warburton's local side feature at the Millennium Stadium this weekend
Wales captain and Rhiwbina boy Sam Warburton is hoping his local side will taste success at the Millennium Stadium this weekend in the SWALEC Plate final.
Rhiwbina line-up against Merthyr in the second of three finals to be held in Cardiff on Sunday and Warburton is delighted his junior club have the chance of cup silverware.
"It's fantastic to see Rhiwbina Squirrels RFC playing in the SWALEC plate final," said Warburton.
"I have lived in Rhiwbina my whole life and played for their juniors aged between 11-15. I had four great years for the Squirrels and it's great to hear the junior section is doing so well now.
"It's great to have such a successful club in my local area and credit has to go to all involved at Rhiwbina RFC for making it the club it is today.
"Club rugby is so important to the game and Rhiwbina has set a fantastic example throughout.
"I know a lot of the guys at the club and can often be seen watching the 1sts or 2nds team from behind the posts with my dog Ledley!
"Making the final has been the topic of conversation at the local Juboraj curry house in the heart of Rhiwbina and I wish the club all the luck in the world, as does the rest of the village.
"Good luck to the Squizzers, bring it home!"
The SWALEC Bowl Final kicks off proceedings with Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd taking on Llantwit Major at 1pm. Merthyr, who beat former finalists Glynneath 66-10 In the semi-final, take on another Cardiff club Rhiwbina at 3.15 in the SWALEC Plate Final before SWALEC Cup champions Pontypridd facing 2012 winners Cross Keys at 5.25pm.
There will be a whole host of activities on offer for all the family, from face painting, balloon artists, a circus school and mask making. There will be a Scorch Zone around the Gate 3 entrance and an opportunity to meet a Wales international player.
Tickets for the day are £10 for adults, £5 for Under 16s and £20 for a family of four.
Tickets are available from www.wru.co.uk/tickets, by calling 0844 8471881 or from any of the six finalist clubs.
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