Charles asks Wales for fitness tips

Prince Charles has asked the Welsh rugby team for fitness tips.

Charles met the Grand Slam winning team at a reception at his London home, Clarence House yesterday (29.05.08)

Player Shane Williams revealed: “We spoke a little bit about the Grand Slam but he was more concerned about training. He said he does work out himself.

“He was more interested in our fitness coach, I think he wants to get fit and play some rugby.

“I’ve had some nerves in games but it was also nerve wracking meeting the likes of Prince Charles. It was quite intimidating just the build-up, that’s the hard bit. But he’s a really nice guy and put us all at ease.”

The team presented the prince with a framed Welsh rugby shirt at the end of the reception, before they jetted off to a tournament in South Africa.

Coach Warren Gatland said: “It’s a fantastic experience to be here, you can smell the history here. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to bring the squad here before going out to South Africa.”

The team will compete for the Prince William cup in South Africa. William is the royal vice patron of the Welsh rugby union, and was in the crowd to see them clinch he grand slam against France earlier this year.