Members of Usk RFC and Cross Keys RFC with Wales international Josh Navidi

4 November 2021

Grassroots rugby clubs treated to ‘unforgettable’ match day experience by Principality at the home of Welsh Rugby

Seven grassroots rugby clubs were given a unique match day experience at the Autumn Nations Series thanks to Wales’ largest building society, which has been supporting clubs affected by heavy flooding. 

Bedwas RFC, Pontypridd RFC Mini & Juniors, Blackwood RFC, Cross Keys RFC, Newport NHSOB RFC, Risca RFC and Usk RFC were all hosted by Principality at Saturday’s Wales v New Zealand match at Principality Stadium, where the final score was 16-54.

Principality Building Society is continually looking for ways to support grassroots rugby clubs in Wales through any challenges they may face, with this gesture giving back to the communities and clubs who were affected by widespread flooding last year.

The two members from each club in attendance also had the opportunity to meet Wales and Cardiff Rugby back row, Josh Navidi.

As sponsors of Principality Stadium, Principality has a strong relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union and knows how much rugby means to communities and grassroots clubs across the country. With a full capacity crowd returning to Principality Stadium for the first time since the start of 2020, the building society is keen to see these communities reunited in the home of Welsh rugby. 

Sean Phillips, from Cross Keys RFC, who attended the game on Saturday said: “We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from both local people and organisations through what has been a really challenging time. Grassroots clubs like us across the country have often had to rely on the generosity and help from others. Watching Wales play in a full stadium again was an unforgettable experience and something we’ll cherish for a long time to come.”

Principality is hoping this year’s Autumn Nations Series will see fans get back in touch and reconnect through the power of rugby. One group of friends who have already done so are former Wales internationals Shane Williams, Jamie Roberts and Sam Warburton, with their full conversation about what rugby means in helping to connect people available to watch  here.

Vicky Wales, Chief Customer Officer at Principality Building Society, said: “Many rugby clubs across Wales have had a really difficult year and a half, with flood damage to pitches and clubhouses, followed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. So much of life as we know it was put on pause and we’re continually looking for ways we can support Welsh communities. As rugby fans reunite this Autumn Nation Series, we’re looking forward to seeing the camaraderie and atmosphere fill the stadium once more.”

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Published: 04/11/2021

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