In an exciting change to the line-up announced yesterday, Roberts will now join fellow Wales and British and Lions star North in the ‘commentary box’ – albeit from their own homes, given the ongoing lockdown.
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.
It was announced this week that Roberts, a qualified doctor, is linking up with the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to help combat the coronavirus crisis. The 94-times capped Welshman said: “I just thought how can I play my part in this challenge we are all facing? I thought I would love to help the cause here in Cardiff with the health board that helped me train as a doctor.”
Read the full story on Roberts stepping up to help the NHS here.
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 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 their work.
As is the case all over the country, the medical and non-clinical staff working at Aneurin Bevan UHBs hospitals, health and care services are working under very difficult conditions and need staff urgently. Those who are willing and able to become key workers can find available roles here.