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."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.