Six Nations classic for NHS charity


Rugby star George North will join acclaimed referee Nigel Owens this Wednesday (7pm) for a live commentary of a classic Six Nations match between Wales and England - all in the name of raising funds for the NHS relief effort.

Sports broadcaster Nick Heath, whose #LifeCommentary videos have taken Twitter by storm during the lockdown, will MC the streaming of Wales' thrilling 30-3 victory against the Red Rose in 2013.

Owens has overseen more test matches than any other referee in world rugby, and took charge of the 2015 World Cup Final - the same year he won the World Rugby Referee Award.

North has already secured his status as one of the best wingers in the world game with numerous Six Nations championship titles and two British and Irish Lions tours to his name.

Viewers will be encouraged to donate to the Aneurin Bevan Health Charity's COVID-19 fund, which is battling the crisis in one of the hardest-hit regions in the United Kingdom.

Operating in a pandemic "hotspot", it covers an area including Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, the Rhymney valley, and Torfaen.

Links will be provided during the match to enable fans who are in a position to do so to contribute.

North, who is closing in on Wales’ all-time try-scoring and appearance records, says: "We're in the middle of a very difficult and unusual time, so anything we can do to help provide some entertainment for people at home is great. But more importantly, if we can help raise some much-needed funds for those who are living at the extreme end of this crisis, that will be unbelievable. I hope we can get as many people tuning in as possible on Wednesday evening."

The 2013 encounter is one of the great Wales performances of modern times; a much-hyped encounter which saw England come to Cardiff needing a win to secure the Grand Slam.

Wales had lost to Ireland in Round One but won successive away fixtures against France, Italy and Scotland to keep their title hopes alive.

But a win by at least seven points was needed if Wales were going to secure an improbable title and with England having carried all before them.

From the anthems and through the first minutes it was clear that a special occasion was in the offing, with one of the great Principality Stadium matches capping off that year’s Championship.

The screening will be available to watch on the Welsh Rugby Union and Guinness Six Nations Facebook pages, as well as Guinness Six Nations YouTube and website.

It will be the first in a series of classic matches aimed at helping fans celebrate the best moments in their nation’s Championship history.

You can donate to the Aneurin Bevan Health Charity's COVID-19 fund HERE - where you can also find out more about the charity's work.

Viewers will be encouraged to donate to the Aneurin Bevan Health Charity's COVID-19 fund...
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