RBS 6 Nations Match Day Entertainment
Sunday, March 9 sees the RBS 6 Nations return to Twickenham for England's titanic clash against the defending champions Wales. Following their rousing victory against a previously unbeatean Ireland team two weeks ago, Wales will roll into Twickenham on a three-match unbeaten run against England and Stuart Lancaster’s men will need to be on top form to turn back the red tide. Whatever happens it promises to be a game that will have spectators on the edge of their seats.
And that's not all, following the men's match fans will be able to stick around to see the Sevens exhibition game when England Sevens take on their Welsh counterparts at 5.15pm. See what sevens is all about...
The match kicks off at 3pm, so we would advise fans to enter the stadium at least 45 minutes in advance to enjoy the atmosphere building as the teams prepare to run out.
With the new and improved West Fan Village opening at 11.30am and the pre-match pitchside entertainment starting at 2.15pm, the atmosphere promises to be second to none, so make sure you get to the ground well before kick-off and soak up the excitement.
Fly the flag
If you have a ticket in the east lower and east middle tiers, we’ll be asking you to help us turn the stadium white ahead of the National Anthem being sung. Show your support and help drive the team’s performance.
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The National Anthem will be sung by Laura Wright, England Rugby’s official anthem singer, with Land of my Fathers being performed by Welsh singer Annelies.
Notching up over a million album sales, Laura Wright has been one of the decade’s biggest selling classical artists and the first female singer since Katherine Jenkins to reach number one in the Classical Chart with her album “The Last Rose”. Her second album was titled “Glorious”.
With a first-class degree from the Royal College of Music, Laura has toured with Alfie Boe and Russell Watson, was the first mezzo soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium and opened the iTunes Festival for Andrea Bocelli. She has performed at the likes of the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House with the Royal Ballet, Wembley Stadium, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and The Great Wall of China.
A familiar face at sporting events, Laura has also performed many times for HM The Queen. Her Diamond Jubilee Song “Stronger As One” premiered at Westminster Abbey and enjoyed a number one chart position on Gary Barlow’s Sing EP.
An accomplished sports person, Laura plays rugby for Rosslyn Park as well as raising money for charity in running and cycling events. Nominated for a Classical Brit Award in 2012, Laura went on to receive the PPL Classical Award at the Nordoff Robbins 02 Silver Clef Awards 2012, later becoming their ambassador. She is also an ambassador for Arthritis Research UK, having battled her own debilitating condition at a very young age. For more information visit www.laura-wright.co.uk.
Nineteen-year-old singing sensation Annelies has performed from an early age. She made her television debut at the age of three and by the age of seven had performed live on stage alongside the likes of Charlotte Church and Russell Watson. In 2002, Annelies made the final stages of “Stars in Their Eyes” and at the age of ten, won a musical scholarship to the Cathedral School, Llandaff.
She has performed at venues such as the Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium, and St. David’s Hall. In July 2010, Annelies shared the stage with Faryl Smith, Hayley Westenra and Jonathan Ansell at Ponty’s Big Weekend and more recently at Ponty Big Weekend shared the stage with The Overtones, Rhydian, Tenors of Rock and Sophie Evans. She also performed at the Global Sustainability Film Awards at BAFTA in July 2013.
Not only will we have members of the military assisting in the flag parade at the weekend we will also be supported by the world-famous Band of the Parachute Regiment, who will be performing a set on the East concourse prior to kick-off and will then assist with the anthems.
The Band of The Parachute Regiment is one of the 22 bands that form the Corps of Army Music as the musical support to the British Army. The Parachute Regiment itself was formed in 1942 and had three bands supporting its battalions, before reforming in 1985 to produce two larger Regimental bands: The Falklands and Pegasus bands. In 1994 the Corps of Army Music was formed and, as a result, The Falklands and Pegasus bands were amalgamated to form The Band of The Parachute Regiment.
In 2001, the band was posted from its ancestral home of Aldershot to the historic Roman town of Colchester. During the Christmas period of 2010, the band deployed to Afghanistan alongside 16 Air Assault Brigade where personnel were employed in musical, medical and guarding roles. All musicians in the British Army are “Soldiers First, Musicians Second” but as trained specialists – many of whom have attended Music College or University – they are well regarded as some of the finest military musicians in the world. The Band of The Parachute Regiment therefore maintains a heavy schedule of both military and civilian engagements throughout the world.
Giant St George’s cross parade
Another great reason to get yourself to your seat early will be to see the unveiling of our giant St George’s Cross Flag with members of our military forces taking part it will be a fantastic opportunity to get everyone ready for the challenge ahead.
GUINNESS pre-match pundit
The GUINNESS match day pundit will be pitchside and on the big screen. Former England international Lee Mears, will be on hand to offer his views of the challenge that lies ahead for England and the players to look out for in this famous fixture.
Look out for the O2 Angels and O2 cannons at half-time for your chance to get limited edition O2 and England branded goodies. The O2 Angels will be parading around the edge of the pitch and firing out prizes into the lower tiers of the stands.
Despite Ireland having the greater percentage of territory and possession, IBM TryTracker had the “Momentum” of the match with England. Not conceding a kickable penalty under huge pressure in the final quarter was key. Against Wales an attacking scrum and resulting penalties is a “Key to the game” for England and Wales need to win 89% of their own set pieces. See the “Keys” and “Momentum” update in real time and try TryTracker at www.rfu.com/ibmtrytracker.
O2 Inside Line Live
Look out for O2 Inside Line Live @ Twickenham as Alex Payne hosts exclusive coverage and interviews with special guests. For both of England's home fixtures and Ireland and Wales, fans will be able to follow news and views wherever they are via RFU Tv, the O2 Matchday App or via twitter @EnglandRugby.
Find out more about the RBS 6 Nations match day entertainment in our West Fan Village.