KATHERINE AND CHARLOTTE TO TEAM UP FOR WALES V IRELAND GAME
8 March 2005 16:26pm
The two singers were together when they met The Queen at Buckingham Palace last week at a special gathering of music industry luminaries. Prior to that, they met for the first time when they both featured on the world class bill that helped to raise £1.3m at the Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert at the Millennium Stadium on 22 January.
Katherine was back again a few weeks later when Bryn Terfel and Aled Jones joined her in singing the anthem before Wales beat England on 5 February and both she and Charlotte are hoping to inspire the Welsh team to another match winning performance.
While Katherine has become a regular at sporting events at the Millennium Stadium it will be the first time that Charlotte has sung at a Welsh rugby match.
"The choirs, soloists and band are an integral part of building the atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium on match day. We are very fortunate to have two of the best female soloists in the world gracing the hallowed turf of the Millennium Stadium on 19 March," said Rupert Moon, of the Millennium Stadium.
Katherine Jenkins said: "I'm so thrilled that Charlotte and I are singing together before the Ireland game. Let's hope we can bring the team luck and inspire them to play the game of their lives."
Charlotte Church said: "Coming from a family of fanatical rugby fans I am absolutely honoured and delighted to be singing with Katherine at what could be the decisive game in the 2005 Six Nations Championship."
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.