Budding rugby stars all over Wales will get the chance to join in the Cardiff 06 European festival of rugby on Saturday, 20 May.
ERC, the organisers of the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup, have joined forces with the WRU and the Welsh Assembly Government in an initiative called “Eurotag” which will help to promote Wales’ national sport in the build-up to their own showpiece final at the Millennium Stadium in May.
The WRU will be organising rugby matches for Under-8 teams over the length and breadth of the country in a tournament which will involve over 1,000 children.
ERC provide the ‘Euro’ element to the tournament title while the WRU are using their highly successful ‘tag’ rugby format to provide the framework for the youngsters competing.
A group of teams will be nominated from the regional stages to take part in the final session of Eurotag at Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, on as part of the European festival of rugby the morning of the Heineken Cup final.
“We are delighted to be working with both the WRU and the Welsh Assembly Government on this new initiative,” said ERC Chairman Jean-Pierre-Lux.
“The emphasis is all on participation, fun and raising children’s awareness of sport.
“The young players who come to Cardiff for the final session will kick-start what we believe will be another great day of rugby action in the Welsh capital. We hope the Eurotag tournament will be an annual event and become part of the positive legacy of European club rugby. Perhaps one day one of these youngsters will graduate into professional rugby and actually make it to the Millennium Stadium and play in a major European club final.”
Eurotag Events in Wales 2006
Cardiff March 26
Maesteg March 26
Llandudno March 30
Pontypool April 9
Haverfordwest April 14
Finals Day, Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff Saturday May 20