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WRU ‘exploring’ option of Wales playing Six Nations home games in England

05 Jan 2022 1 minute read
England v Wales, Rugby World Cup. By Marc (CC 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/sumofmarc/21136639613

The option of playing Wales’ Six Nations home games in England is being explored by the WRU, it has been reported.

According to the Daily Mail, rugby’s governing body in Wales is doing so because Covid-19 regulations that mean sports matches have to be played behind closed doors.

The Welsh Government has imposed restrictions in a bid to tackle the spread of the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is seen as a leading contender to host Wales’ three home matches in the tournament.

Sources at Wembley have suggested that it would not be feasible for Wales to play the games there in February due to England football matches taking place in the March international break.

It is understood that WRU bosses have already started to explore the possibility of playing their Six Nations games against Scotland, France and Italy in England where crowds are currently allowed, despite the considerable logistical challenges to doing so.

A postponement to any of the fixtures is seen as unlikely because of the tightly packed rugby calendar.


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Lolly Mountjoy
Lolly Mountjoy
11 months ago

Really

Jack
Jack
11 months ago

Daily Mail might just be stirring up trouble here… but if this is true the Welsh Gov should consider how effective their policies really are.

If trains and buses packed with Welsh fans are heading down to London and back for the day/weekend, what’s the point in restrictions here?

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
11 months ago

That will be a great fit for their sycophantic 3 feathers. Maybe they can call themselves England B while they are parading the English army before every match as always.

Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
11 months ago

Fits in with the single minded obsession of the three feathers Union. Our government has put in place restrictions to protect our health. The ugly souled, lickspittle WRU intent on their single minded effort towards royalist gongs for their senior officers, have no issue seeking desperate ways of confounding the Democratic wish of Cymru. Amoral selfishness of the worst kind to contemplate transporting thousands of Welsh fans through a country whose leaders policy is “pile the bodies high”.

Linda
Linda
11 months ago

If this is true then the WRU are more concerned about MONEY than the FANS welfare, as they know that people will travel to see the game where ever it maybe.

Philip Jones
Philip Jones
11 months ago
Reply to  Linda

They have ALWAYS been more concerned about money and the hoped for royal rewards.

arthur owen
11 months ago
Reply to  Linda

To run a professional game you need money.Full stop,period and anything else that will make people understand.

Llyn
Llyn
11 months ago

Would be surprised if WG regs prevented attendance at 6 Nation’s, but on this would suggest most are against the restrictions on outdoor events, which appear to have little public health benefit. I hope they’re not stubborn on this otherwise they will quickly lose public support.

Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
11 months ago
Reply to  Llyn

Exactly, Llyn. I get it that rugby folk, including me as a former schoolboy player and general Scarlets/Wales fan, are not very woke. But we all have votes and probably would like the odd pint. And we all support Wales. Drakeford’s mum clearly brought him up to dislike people like me but he really should ponder, or Plaid should. Do they want our votes, or to put us off Devo/Indy? Sugary drinks, closing rugby and pubs are not strong arguments for Devo or Indy for most of us. Can we fix the Welsh economy please?

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
11 months ago

That is their choice. I will exercise mine by never again travelling to watch them (quite the trek from Llanrwst and pricey too – always make a weekend of it). Yet again, it’s wealth before health. Very disappointing if it comes to pass.

What Ismyname
What Ismyname
11 months ago

Frankly, who cares.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
10 months ago

Three games over 6 weeks while the squad is in complete isolation is just not an option if they had a year to plan. They have 6 weeks to get ready and one positive test wrecks the whole campaign.

Given that there is highly likely to be no effective English health service by then taking tens of thousands of drunken Welsh punters up there is begging for a disaster. If we can’t have it at home it is probably more economic to write off the season.

Scotland, France and Italy may not want to risk going to England anyway.

Kurt C
Kurt C
10 months ago

If they do that’s disgusting disrespect for our government. Block travel, lockdown Cymru as before from travel to England for non work related.

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