Senedd acclaim for Wales team

Wales celebrating with their Six Nations trophy
Wales celebrated a third Grand Slam in eight years Photo: David Jones / PA Wire

Wales' victorious Grand Slam-winning captain Sam Warburton says the team is looking forward to saying 'thank you' to the fans, at a special event in Cardiff Bay organised for this evening. The Welsh Government has invited the squad and backroom staff to the Senedd to congratulate them on their Grand Slam triumph.

All of us know how important rugby is here in Wales and we are humbled by the level of support we get from followers of our support and from the general public. We know there is a lot of rugby ahead but we are delighted at the invitation from the Welsh Government to take a moment or two to reflect on the achievement of winning this Grand Slam here in Wales.

– Wales captain Sam Warburton

Former Wales international Andy Moore says Wales' Six Nations clean sweep showed the mental toughness that the current crop of players have.

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked 11 points against France to take his tournament total to 66, and finish as the 2012 Six Nations' leading scorer.

A massive penalty from within Wales' own half was a highlight, especially after Halfpenny suffered the agony of a kick falling just inches short during Wales' World Cup defeat to France in October.

[Saturday was] the best day of my life. I feel so honoured and privileged to be part of what we have achieved. All credit to the boys, everyone has worked so hard for it and to get the final reward is absolutely unbelievable. We're on top of the world right now and going out to Australia in the summer is going to be huge.

– Wales Full-Back Leigh Halfpenny

The winners off the field were businesses in Cardiff who benefited from the celebrations after the match.

One pub chain told ITV Wales they had record takings on Saturday night. Restaurants and sports shops were also busy.

Fans have been asked to arrive at the Senedd for 6pm tonight.

The First Minister Carwyn Jones will then present the Six Nations trophy to captain Warburton and coach Warren Gatland.