27 February 2021 / Club News

Club shirt on display

Club shirt on display at the Principality Stadium this afternoon.

Can you spot it? 

The special sight that will greet Wales when they take the field against England in empty Principality Stadium for the Triple Crown showdown against the Old Enemy.

Welsh fans won’t be there in person at the National Stadium but they will be there in spirit, with their Club colours on show.

The WRU appealed to all the community clubs to send in jerseys to put on show at the empty stadium and they have been blown away by the response.

There are set to be some 250 clubs represented in the colourful show of support, along with mixed ability teams, the female hubs programme and universities.

The Welsh players were greeted by the display when they came out for the captain’s run at the stadium on Friday, including a section featuring jerseys from the community clubs they played for as youngsters.

WRU community director Geraint John has been explaining the thinking behind the idea.

It’s something we have been talking about for a while - how do we get the community clubs involved in the match,” he said.

“The England game is one that everyone wants to see.

“We sent a message to the clubs saying we know you can’t be there on Saturday and that you desperately would want to be there to support the players.

“So we asked them if they would be willing to send us a jersey to put on show. The clubs have just been fantastic. It’s a case of trying to promote the community game and to say we haven’t forgotten you.

“We feel we need to recognise them a bit more and keep the enthusiasm out there because we don’t know how many people are going to come back and play after the pandemic.

“It’s also about having the 16th player and bringing the support into the ground.

“I have told Wayne what we are doing and he was going to let the players know that’s it’s a big message of best wishes to the whole team from the community clubs and that they are all here with you in support.

“Hopefully it helps. Wayne was really grateful and said he would use it as a message to the players before they go out on the field. It looks really good,” said John.

“You’ve got Waunarlwydd for Liam Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit has gone for Rumney RFC, George North is Llangefni, Jonathan Davies has gone for Whitland, Taulupe Faletau for Cross Keys.

“It just shows the breadth of the game, we’ve got north, west, south, east. Virtually every district is covered, which is great.

The jerseys will be displayed on seats in the middle tier behind the posts at one end of the ground.

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