Wales are set to host England in an eagerly anticipated Women’s Six Nations matchup in front of a record home crowd. Wales have already seen unprecedented numbers show up to the Arms Park for the opener against Ireland and are hoping to top this record with an even larger turnout when they meet the defending champions.
Head coach Ioan Cunningham has been delighted by the team’s success and sees the record crowd size as evidence of the team’s impact on the hearts of the Welsh rugby public. He said, “To know we have got another record crowd for England’s visit to the Arms Park is a credit to how the players, coaches and staff have all performed. The Welsh rugby public appreciate the journey this team is on.” Wales have enjoyed plenty of success in their opening two games, stunning Ireland 31-5 before following up with a 34-22 victory away to Scotland. England have produced two scintillating displays, defeating Scotland 58-7 and Italy 68-5, and are top of the table ahead of Wales on points difference.
The home side are no strangers to a battle against England and are determined to put up a fight. Cunningham has called on the public to get behind the team and inspire the players with their support. He added, “We know England will be a huge challenge for us, they have been the benchmark team and dominated this tournament for so long, and we are under no illusions of the task ahead of us. But knowing we have the backing of the Welsh supporters and that they appreciate how hard we have worked to be two-from-two shows we are heading in the right direction.”
This thrilling matchup is being streamed live on BBC Two, iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app, and can also be heard on BBC Radio 5 Live. Those following on the BBC Sport website can enjoy text commentary, adding to the atmosphere of this record-breaking event.
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Ioan Cunningham is the head coach of the Wales Women’s Six Nations rugby team and is no stranger to the sport given his pedigree. He began his coaching career in the Pro14 and followed up with a spell in the Premiership and Championship before taking over at RGC 1404. He joined the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) in 2017 and used his knowledge and experience to great effect in leading Wales on their impressive run in the Six Nations.