Last night saw the regular line-up of restaurant staff from Nando's Cardiff Old Brewery Quarter overthrown by stars of the Welsh International Rugby team for the Nando's Welsh Rugby Takeover.
The likes of George North, Jamie Roberts, Rhys Priestland and Jonathan Davies, swapped their boots and gum shields for the evening, to serve plates of flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken to customers, raising money for the WRPA Benevolent Trust.
Hungry guests and fans were greeted by a burly Jamie Roberts at the door who seated them at their tables, with Jonathan Davies taking orders on the tills, Rhys Priestland cooking up chicken on the grills, and nippy winger, George North, delivering plates of food in a speedy manner.
Nando’s Cardiff’s Manager Ben Browne, commented: “The players love their PERi-PERi Chicken, and they are in the restaurant several times a week. When we were approached by the WRPA to allow the players to work a shift to raise money for charity, we didn’t think twice.”
Ben added: “It was a fantastic night for the fans and staff, and it was great to see the players get so stuck in! We’ll definitely be giving them a call if any part-time jobs become available!”
Speaking at the takeover, Wales and Scarlets winger, George North, commented “A lot of us practically live in Nando’s, so we were more than happy to put our skills to the test and work a shift for the evening. As players, we have to be careful about what foods we eat, but fortunately PERi-PERi chicken is not only good for our diets, but it’s also delicious!”
George added: “It certainly wasn’t easy, and I even spotted a few of the lads working up a sweat! It was a great laugh, and we all had a lot of fun!”
The WRPA Benevolent trust was set up in 2010 to provide support to current and former professional rugby players in times of financial hardship through serious illness or injury. trust all in the name of charity.