Wales’ Grand Slam heroes to be welcomed to Senedd
Wales’ Grand Slam-winning national rugby team will be given a hero’s welcome at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on March 19 to mark their triumphant Six Nations season.
The team clinched the Grand Slam after beating France at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
They will arrive on the steps of the Senedd, in Cardiff Bay at around 6pm where the public are invited to come and celebrate with them.
Following that, the National Assembly for Wales’s Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler AM, will welcome them to the Senedd for an official reception being hosted by the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Government and Cardiff County Council.
“This is a fantastic achievement by our rugby team,” said Mrs Butler.
“To win three Six Nations Grand Slams in the space of eight years is on a par with the achievements of the great Welsh rugby giants of the Seventies.
“It follows on from the strides they made in the World Cup in New Zealand, and by hosting this reception we are simply congratulating them on behalf of an extremely proud nation.
“It also gives the public a chance to see their heroes because all are welcome to come and cheer their success outside the Senedd.”
Wales captain Sam Warburton said: ”We are very grateful to the Welsh Government and Cardiff council for offering us this opportunity to thank the supporters. We know it is a great honour for us to be invited to the Senedd and if fans turn up to greet us it will make for a great occasion.
“The squad has been totally focused on rugby for several weeks and now we want to take this opportunity to greet the supporters. All of us know how important rugby is here in Wales and we are humbled by the level of support we get from followers of our sport and from the general public
“All the other six nations teams have provided worthy opposition and made this a tough tournament to win which makes the victories so important to savour. We know there is a lot of tough rugby ahead but we are delighted at the invitation from the Welsh Govenrment to take a moment or two to reflect on the achievement of winning this Grand Slam here in Wales.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr