Celtic League Final Coming To The Millennium Stadium
28 December 2002 09:26am
The Celtic League Final 2002/03 will be held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on February 1, 2003 and televised live throughout the UK and Ireland by BBC Grandstand and TG4.
The final will be a Welsh/Irish affair, Munster hosting Ulster in the first semi-final on Friday 3 January, followed by Neath and Cardiff clashing at The Gnoll the following day.
"After last year and such a marvellous final in Dublin, the Celtic League Association felt this season the final would be staged at either Murrayfield or the Millennium Stadium," said Bill Watson the Celtic League chairman.
"Now, with a Welsh team guaranteed a place in the final, that decision has been made for us.
"We are delighted to be going to this great stadium and confident of a huge increase on last year's crowd - all the signs point to it being well in excess of 30 000 and, hopefully, pushing 40 000.
"The final will be televised live by both BBC Grandstand and TG4, giving our showpiece game fantastic exposure in the UK and Ireland."
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.