ERC announced a bumper weekend of entertainment to celebrate the 11th Heineken Cup final, between Biarritz Olympique and Munster, at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday, 20 May.

ERC have worked with the Cardiff ’06 partners – the Millennium Stadium, WRU, Wales Tourist Board, Wales Assembly Government and Cardiff City Council – to create a European Festival of Rugby for the Heineken Cup final weekend.

Cardiff will be buzzing for the weekend with highlights including a Continental Market and Water Ski Championship in Cardiff Bay and a European Street Festival in the City Centre.

Fans can watch Neil Jenkins and Robin McBryde put regional academy players through their paces at the Welsh Institute of Sport from 10.00 am on Saturday followed by the ERC / WRU Eurotag finals, featuring five teams of Under-8s from around Wales, demonstrating their skills from 12.15 pm

More details of the Cardiff 06 Heineken Cup final weekend are available in the final section, by clicking on the Heineken Cup Cardiff ’06 logo. Fans can also download a “Front Row” guide to some of Cardiff’s best hotspots to sample the European atmosphere. ERC and Cardiff City Council commissioned independent research from visiting rugby fans to Cardiff to compile the guide.

Cardiff 06 Heineken Cup Final Weekend – European Festival of Rugby

Saturday, 20 May

BRITISH WATER SKI RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Cardiff Bay
10.00 am – 5.00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday

CONTINENTAL MARKET – Roald Dahl Plass
10.00 am – 5.00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday

ERC/WRU RUGBY CLINICS – Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens

Welsh Regional academy players will get put through their paces by expert coaches Neil Jenkins and Robin McBryde
10.00 am – 12.30 pm – admission is free

EUROTAG FINALS – Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens

Five teams of under 8s from around Wales will take part in a demonstration of rugby tag skills as part of the ERC / WRU Eurotag initiative.
12.15 pm – admission is free

CARDIFF 06 STREET FESTIVAL – Cardiff City Centre

Face painters, musicians entertainers and more 12.30 pm

CARDIFF ’06 HEINEKEN CUP FINAL – Millennium Stadium

1.00 pm – Gates open
2.15 pm – Euro Cult Pre-Match entertainment

Featuring performers from all six participating Heineken Cup nations including:
·        Scottish pipers and drummers performing “Scotland the Brave”
·        Marilena Della Vottoria will sing “Volare”
·        Jon Christos will sing “Jerusalem”
·        Treorchy Male Voice Choir will sing “Bread of Heaven”
·        Can Can dancers from Paris will perform
·        Irish singer / song writer Paddy Casey will sing “Saints and Sinners”

3.00 pm – Heineken Cup final: Biarritz Olympique v Munster

Half-time – Cara O’Sullivan will sing “Stand Up and Fight” and Michel Etcheverry will sing “AUPA BO”

Sunday, 21 May

BRITISH WATER SKI RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Cardiff Bay 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

CONTINENTAL MARKET – Roald Dahl Plass 10.00 am – 5.00 pm