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AMs take on MPs in rugby showdown

rc_ammp_webThe Six Nation’s isn’t Friday’s only England-Wales showdown on tonight, with members of the Welsh Assembly playing Westminster at Arms Park.

An annual fixture, the ninth between the teams, it was played in aid of Bowel Cancer UK. The Assembly’s side won the previous four matches, but more importantly, the games have raised more than £10, 000 for the charity.

The National Assembly Commission supports their team with fundraising and has pledged to sponsor their kit for the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup, which takes place in September.

Cardiff Blues allowed the hotly-contested match to be played at Arms Park, with supporters allowed in from 1pm to cheer on the teams. The 2pm kick-off meant the streets around Arms Park were already throbbing with six nations fans.

They could amuse themselves, watching the politicians chase the unpredictable ball like it were an answer to an awkward question in the rc_AMMP1_webChamber.

Before the game, one of the highest profile politicians involved on the Assembly side, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies, said: “The annual fixture against the Commons and Lords is always most anticipated, but ultimately it is about promoting good causes and raising awareness of the work that Bowel Cancer UK do.

“The Assembly team was set up in 2006 by Glyn Davies, who was an AM at the time. Glyn overcame bowel cancer and wanted to raise awareness of the illness and personally demonstrate how survivors could go on to lead a full and active life after being so ill.

“I think that’s a message we can all support.

“On behalf of Assembly Rugby I would also like to thank Cardiff Blues for making the stadium available to us and I hope that we can deliver the people of Wales the first of two great victories over England on the day!”