In fact, the community rugby jamboree has broken all records in terms of social media attendance and engagement, showing just how booming the game is at the base of the gaming pyramid across Wales. . Here are some of the highlights from an incredible month in Welsh rugby country.
Llandaff North’s Kira Philpott wins the South Wales Trophy.
2,765,500 impressions on the platform
The best tweet received 87,848 impressions
The best video received 21,868 views (Trebanos celebrations)
Total viewership figures for video content (live stream highlights and pitch interviews) 337,600 views
Over 30,000 fans attended the Principality Stadium
Combined reach of 1,271,288 across all posts
The reach of the best post was 107,355
Minutes watched live 166,977
143,093 views of content streamed live throughout the event
67 news and video reports available on WRU website
Bridgend Schools U11s took on Islwyn U11s in the DC Thomas Plate Final
“At the end of a long and difficult season, it was amazing to see the commitment of the players and the passion of their fans at each final. They ranged from U11s to senior men’s and women’s finals, involved mixed teams in the part of a day of inclusion, and the pride displayed by each club in reaching a final at the Principality Stadium was palpable,” said WRU Community Rugby director Geraint John.
“We had some great competitions, from the historic Dewar Shield final with the Rhondda and Cardiff Schools U15s to the Senior Women’s North Wales Cup clash between Caernarfon and COBRA, with everyone raising their game the biggest day of his rugby career. The skill levels on display were first class.
“The response from schools and clubs has been nothing short of amazing and there are now over 2,000 players across the country who can say ‘I played there’ when they watch Wales play in the series. fall nations against New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Georgia next November.
“The Principality’s stadium is often regarded as the jewel in the crown of Welsh rugby and it has also been an inspiration to thousands of players young and old, giving them the chance to feature on one of the biggest sporting venues in the world.
“These nine days of action as part of the ‘Road to Principality 2022’ have proven our great game’s ability to thrive in communities across Wales. The engagement with fans has been incredible, not just at the Principality Stadium. , but through social media and our live streams of every game.
“Over 30,000 fans attended the nine days, which also included a celebratory mixed ability match and, if you take attendance at Arms Park’s final TikTok Six Nations match for Wales against Italy and add Over the two days of women’s and women’s finals, more than 5,000 of us watched women’s rugby from U15s to international level.
“The challenge now is to build on the outstanding success of the nine days and revisit the other finals we attend over the course of a season. Who knows where we may take these events in the future, but the appetite is clearly there for more engagement and access to community play.
“As well as thanking all the clubs, schools, referees, other volunteers and organizers for their tremendous efforts. With up to four games on some days, the medical teams, stadium cleaners and caterers certainly had their hands full.
“It was a massive logistical exercise and particular praise is due to the ground staff at Principality Stadium, who did an incredible job ensuring the pitch was spotless for the nine days, while Wyn Gruffydd was incredible in providing great commentary on every game. for live streams.
Combined with the recent surge in attendance revealed by the WRU, the ‘Road to Principality 2022’ has shown that Welsh rugby is very much alive and vibrant at all levels. There are still league and cup titles to be determined before one of the longest seasons on record finally comes to an end this month, but the season has certainly ended in style.
Road To Principality Results 2022
Saturday April 23 – Youth National Finals
Bowl Final: Lampeter Town 24 – 26 Llandaff
Stage final: Abergavenny 22 – 10 Cwmavon
Cup Final: Bridgend Athletic 17 – 44 Builth Wells
Sunday April 24 – National Club Finals Day
WRU Championship Final: Trebanos 23 – 21 Bedwas
WRU Championship Cup Final: Bargoed 13 – 16 Neath
WRU Premiership Cup Final: Aberavon 21 – 25 Newport
Monday, April 25 – Junior and Intermediate Group School Finals
John Rees Cup Final U11 (10): Rhiw Syr Dafydd PS 45 – 15 Ysgol Brynaman PS
U13 Cup Final Year 8: Bro Morgannwg 31 – 17 Penweddig
U14 Cup Final Year 9: Gyfun Gwr 21 – 23 Gartholwg
U14 Girls Cup Final (12-man team): Bro Teifi 34 – 19 Bryn Hyfred
Tuesday, April 26 – High School Group Finals
U18 Male Plate Final: Stanwell Comprehensive 18 – 7 Penweddig
U18 Male Circle IT Final Vase: Preseli 19 – 47 Coleg Sir Gar II
U18 Women’s Celtic Camping Trophy Final (12-man team): Llandovery College 22 – 46 Coleg Gwent
U18 Male Spirit of Youth Cup Final: Christ College 26 – 36 Ystalyfera
Wednesday, April 27 – Junior and Intermediate Group School Finals
U11 DC Thomas Bowl Final: Neath 15 – 45 Cardiff A
U11 DC Thomas Plate Final: Bridgend 15 –15 Islwyn
U11 DC Thomas Cup Final: Pontypool 20 – 15 Swansea
U15 Lawrence Miller Bowl: Islwyn 10 – 26 Cardiff A
Morgan Griffiths U15 Plate: Newport 31 – 17 Rhymney Valley
U16 girls final (team of 12): Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn 17 – 14 Plasmawr
U15 Dewar Shield Final: Rhondda 8 – 20 Cardiff
Thursday April 28
Friday, April 29 – Inclusion Day
Festival of inclusion: Dragons Gateway project 42 school teams – Year 5/6
Mixed Ability Rugby Showcase: Swansea Gladiators v MARIs
Saturday April 30 – WRU National Bowl. Shield, End Plates
WRU National Shield Final: Crumlin 19 – 52 Tonna
WRU National Bowl Final: Bryncethin 24 – 32 Llanharan
WRU National Plate Final: Penallta 34 – 10 Treorchy
Sunday May 1 – Women’s National Finals Day
North Wales Cup Final: Caernarfon 45 – 10 COBRA
South Wales Plate Final: Lampeter Ladies 38 – 22 Blackwood
South Wales Cup Final: Bonimaen 7 – 24 Llandaff North
Monday May 2 – Girls National Finals Day
U18 Plate Final: Stradey Sospans 25 – 5 Chargers Hub
U18 Cup Final: Ceirw Nant (Nant Conwy) 25 – 29 Cardiff Quins
U15 Plate Final: Merched Mynydd Mawr (Tumble) 14 – 20 Chargers Hub
U15 Cup Final: Nelson Belles 17 – 7 Cardiff Quins