Into the Dragon’s Den England will go for a return fixture against Wales that will raise the temperature ahead of their departure for Japan.
Principality Stadium has already sealed a place in rugby history. The foundations of this atmospheric ground have been shaken to the core twice as Wales secured Six Nation Grand Slam victories here in 2005 and 2012.
Situated a stone's throw from Cardiff Central Station, it is the second largest sports venue in the world with a fully retractable roof. Built to replace the Arms Park, it opened with rugby (Wales beating South Africa) before becoming the primary host venue for Rugby World Cup 1999 where Australia overhauled France in the final.
Since then Test matches, Celtic League and Heineken Cup ties have been held at the ground. The stadium is the home of the Welsh rugby union team, who play all of their home fixtures at the venue.
In 2014 the stadium hosted both the Amlin and Heineken Cup finals and the November Tests against the Southern Hemisphere and Wales will play all their home fixtures in the 6 Nations Championship at the stadium.
Situated in Cardiff’s city centre, Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ must visit tourist attractions and enjoys a history spanning nearly 2000 years. The highlight at the castle is a guided tour of the spectacular castle apartments. They were created in the 19th century by eccentric architect William Burges for the very rich Third Marquess of Bute. Designed as a medieval fairytale home, the rooms are filled with ornate fireplaces, gilded ceilings, intricate stained glass and carved and painted animals throughout.
Cardiff Bay is a diverse waterfront built around a 200 hectare freshwater lake known as ‘the Bay’. Visitors will find a great mix of Cardiff attractions, entertainment and events, coupled with vibrant bars and shops that create a truly unique atmosphere worthy of this capital city! There are lots of things to do in Cardiff Bay, making it one of the most interesting places to visit in Wales. From the restored symbols of Cardiff's glorious yesterdays, rich in history and culture, to the exciting vision of the future captured in the Waterfront's fantastic style and architecture.
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, the National Museum Cardiff houses Wales national art, natural history and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. If you want to stand and stare, there’s plenty to please your eye – from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs or for exploring you can pick up a range of gallery trails to guide you around the Museum. The art collection at the new National Museum of Art, within the same building, is one of Europe’s finest. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist works.
The Principality Stadium is one of the most atmospheric in the world so it will certainly test England’s resolve and mettle to the limits. And with only six days between the fixtures, the turn around times will only add to the intrigue. This will be a fascinating contest between two great old rivals.