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Rugby fans urged to watch Grand Slam bid at home

Written by on 17th March 2021

Rugby fans have been urged to watch Saturday’s Grand Slam bid at home and not with friends and family.

Speaking in Wednesday’s Welsh Government Briefing, the Health Minister, Vaughan Gething said meeting up could lead to a “significant rebound” in cases.

The Wales-France game will kick off in Paris at 8pm on Saturday, and a win would secure the Six Nations title for Wales.

“I know many of you will be keen to watch the rugby this weekend and to hopefully celebrate a Grand Slam. 

“But please celebrate with members of your own household only and help to keep coronavirus at bay.”

Following victories over Ireland, Scotland, England and Italy, Wales could secure a fifth clean sweep of the Six Nations era – more than any other country – after successes in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2019.

It would also be a fourth Grand Slam for skipper Alun Wyn Jones – more than any other Welshman. 

At a Welsh government briefing, Mr Gething said if people mixed more, the virus would start to circulate again.

“Four people from two different households can meet outdoors now,” he added.