KATHERINE AND CHARLOTTE TO TEAM UP FOR WALES V IRELAND GAME
8 March 2005 16:26
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."
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.