The Welsh Rugby Union has partnered with Welsh Government to launch a
competition to find a new design for a face mask to be worn by Cymru men’s,
women’s, and U20’s teams during the 2022 Guinness Six Nations championships.
The competition comes as the WRU partners with Cymru’s #KeepWalesSafe
campaign following confirmation that home fixtures will be played at the
Principality Stadium in front of crowds.
The competition is open to anyone in Cymru under 17. The winning design will be
selected by Cymru’s rugby stars and worn by the Welsh squads during the Six
Nations. The winner will also receive free tickets to see their sporting heroes in
action on the field.
Wayne Pivac’s side will be looking to seal back-to-back titles in the 2022 Guinness
Six Nations, for only the second time since the 1970s. Their title chase will begin
out in Dublin against Ireland on 5th February, with home games in Caerdydd against
Scotland, Italy and France either side of a trip to Twickenham to face England
towards the end of February.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Six Nations Championships have a stand-alone slot in
the calendar with Cymru’s first game against Ireland scheduled for the 26 March,
with each round of fixtures following the same order as the senior men’s team.
Wales Team Manager, Martyn Williams said: “It’s been a tough time for
everybody, but it is important that we all play our part in keeping each other and
Wales safe. Wearing a mask is something simple we can all do, and we’re looking
forward to seeing the designs come through from our young supporters.”
"We hope the upcoming Six Nations will provide an opportunity to put a smile
back on the face of the nation and having supporters back in the stadium is very
important to the squad who will be excited to feel the full force of the country
"Throughout this year’s Six Nations follow the latest guidance in Wales to help
look after yourself, your friends, family and the community."
Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “Despite the challenges we have all had to face during the pandemic, Welsh rugby is still a highlight for many people and the Six Nations tournament will provide welcome relief for many as Wales aims to repeat last year’s successes."
“This partnership will help provide a much-needed reminder to everyone in Wales
of how we can all help disrupt the transmission of COVID-19 by wearing a mask to
protect people around you, get vaccinated to help prevent serious illness and to
get tested and self-isolate so your loved ones and teammates stay safe.”
The competition will close on 7 February, 2022. To enter the design a face mask
competition, you need to email a photo of your artwork using the competition
form at wru.wales to competition@WRUfacemasks.com with the subject heading
Wales Face Mask Competition along with your details. The competition winner
will be notified by email within five days of the deadline.
Full details on how to enter can be found here