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Wales women issue call to arms

WALES Women players have issued a call to arms this week, to encourage fans to turn up and cheer them on as they take on Ireland in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations Championship 2023 opener, and first home match, at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, March 25.

Welsh rugby supporters are known across the world for their unrivalled passion, and an army of dedicated fans is expected to attend.

The Welsh Rugby Union, along with its partners and Cardiff Rugby have ensured matchday will be the perfect rugby day out for the entire family, with community club involvement, skills sessions, selfie stations, music and fan zones on offer throughout the day.

The Guinness Fan Zone at Cardiff Arms Park will be open to the general public from 1:15pm, with Welsh DJ, Kayleigh Russant, entertaining the crowds with a live DJ set from Gates open. 

There will also be a live music stage featuring up and coming music artists, #HERSTORY Selfie Wall, and food and beverage trucks serving a variety of delicious goodies ahead of kick-off.

From 11am – 12:15 over 100 girls from across Wales have been invited to play on the pitch in an U12s female HUB rugby event before all female hub players in attendance take to the pitch again at half-time for a lap of honour in celebration of team Cymru!

WRU community staff will be on hand to put any future young rugby talent to the test with its kicking cage, and Cardiff Rugby will be providing a variety of inflatable rugby activities – fun for all the family to try out!

“Your support really means so much to us and seeing all the future rugby players supporting us really does make the world of difference,” says Wales’ Sisilia Tuipulotu.

“It makes a real difference when we see so many supporters come out to watch us and back us when we play,” adds Wales Captain Hannah Jones.  “The crowd at Cardiff Arms Park really got behind us and pushed us to close out big games during last season’s TikTok Six Nations.”

And the players are hoping for a repeat of last year’s record crowds.  Wales Women’s Keira Bevan says, “The support we had last season really made a difference and the record crowds just created a fantastic noise and atmosphere for us to play in.” 

A record 4,875 supporters attended the Wales v Scotland match in 2022, the highest crowd figure for a Wales Women international at home.

“Having a big support is always inspiring and it means so much to have people backing us,” added Bevan.

Walking out team Wales is Vodafone Mascot, Sasha Ustymenko, age 5 from Kremenchuk, Ukraine. Vodafone found Sasha through their customer at West Mercia Police, Richard Muirhead, Director of Commercial Services. Richard provides accommodation for Sasha and his mother as part of a UK scheme, and wanted to provide this as an experience for the family.

On matchday the WRU will be holding a charity bucket collection for Welsh Air Ambulance at the North Entrance (opposite Angel Hotel) and Gate 2.

Tickets to TikTok Women’s Six Nations 2023 are available at £10 for adults and £5 for children (U16s) wru.wales/W6N. Entry to the Guinness Fan Zone is free with a match ticket.

The match will be aired live from Cardiff Arms Park on BBC Cymru Wales and BBC IPlayer. KO 14:15.