The opening match of the 2015 6 Nations Championship was Wales vs England, played at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on the 6th February.
On the same day, tucked away at the north end of the Welsh shrine to its national sport, another important game was being played on the hallowed ground of the Cardiff Arms Park. The National Assembly for Wales XV rugby team played the Commons & Lords RUFC from Westminster in another Wales vs England showdown.
The sport of Rugby Union has been a major influence in the lives of the majority of Pervade Software's close-knit team. Although the company was formed and has its headquarters in South Wales, members of staff hail from England and South Africa which are also great rugby nations and the company recognises the values of the game including personal courage, The importance of teamwork, striving for success, self-discipline, respect & sportsmanship.
Pervade staff, along with other cyber security companies were hosted by Paul Costelloe of CIPROS International. It was a great game, played with passion and skill, by politicians and staffers ranging from 23 to 63 and the final score was 33-14 to the Welsh Assembly team. At the end of the game, the group was invited down to pitch-side to meet players from both teams.
A group of us were treated to a photograph with great representatives of the game and government - Lord Addington and the Rt.Hon. Stephen Crabb Secretary of State for Wales.
The experience was topped off with access to the clubhouse to meet the teams and share in the post-match curry and rice. Banter was exchanged, shirts were presented to the organisers and it was announced that over £7,500 had been raised in aid for Bowel Cancer UK.
A great time was had by all and we at Pervade came away from the event determined to provide more support for this ingenious use of the wonderful game of rugby to help worthy causes.