All Blacks take advantage of Cardiff Met’s top class training facilities 

22/11/2012 09:00 

 

With typical Welsh weather driving them inside to train, the New Zealand rugby team took advantage of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s top class sporting facilities to focus on their line-out work ahead of this Saturday’s Millennium Stadium clash against Wales.

Fully equipped to international standard, the National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) at Cyncoed was the first purpose-built indoor athletics facility in the UK and, as well as playing host to some of the best athletes in the world, is utilised fully by students on sports courses, student clubs and the general public. Governing bodies of sport, including Welsh Athletics and the Welsh Netball Association (WNA) also use this facility on a regular basis.

It’s not the first time the state-of-the art centre has been used by the mighty All Blacks and high profile players including captain, Richie McCaw were among those visiting this week.

Cardiff Met is a proud rugby university. Rugby legend, Gareth Edwards studied at the university in the sixties and recent star sporting alumni including Ryan Jones and Jamie Roberts.

Speaking on behalf of Cardiff Met, Dean of Cardiff School of Sport, Dave Cobner, said:

“We have fantastic sports facilities at Cardiff Met which regularly meet the training needs of top level athletes and we’re pleased that the New Zealand team once again chose NIAC as they prepare for Saturday’s match.

“It’s been a particularly great year for sport at Cardiff Met with some fantastic performances by a host of former students at the Olympics this summer – here’s hoping Wales can draw on that inspiration this weekend!”