Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb is backing the men’s and women’s Welsh rugby teams to kick off this year’s RBS Six Nations Championship in style when they take on their Irish counterparts this weekend.
The tournament comes hot on the heels of the Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign where Wales reached the quarter final stages, and where Cardiff’s Principality Stadium played host to eight matches, showcasing the city to a global audience.
Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:
The Six Nations campaign will be a compelling spectacle, watched by millions of people across the world over the next six weeks.
Out on the field, old rivalries will resume, and new ones will be forged. Off the field, the tournament will give another crucial boost to the Welsh economy and to local businesses.
As thousands of people prepare to make their pilgrimage to Cardiff to enjoy the unique matchday atmosphere, viewers from around the world will see Wales’ growing stature as a host of major sporting events.
We look forward to watching the Welsh teams progress and wish them every success in their campaigns.
Following the Ireland game, the Welsh contingent will face Scotland and France in Cardiff, followed by England at Twickenham and a grand finale against Italy on home soil.