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Last Updated: Friday, 11 March, 2005, 07:06 GMT
Welsh rugby fans continue exodus
Max Boyce at Cardiff airport
Max Boyce was among fans flying out for Wales' game in Scotland
The exodus of Welsh rugby fans to Scotland for their team's crucial Six Nations match is well under way.

Up to 40,000 fans are expected to travel to Edinburgh to see if Wales can keep their Grand Slam dream alive.

The team are jetting from Cardiff International Airport on Friday, part of 4,000 people expected to fly out over the weekend for Sunday's game.

Veteran performer Max Boyce is among those who have already left to cheer on the side at Murrayfield.

Rugby supporters have arranged a total of 20 chartered flights for the trip to Edinburgh, doubling the airport's usual passenger numbers.

I can't remember ever seeing so many people travelling to Scotland - it's got to be great for Welsh hopes
Max Boyce

Most are expected to travel through the airport on Friday, along with the Welsh team and WRU representatives.

A further 1,500 either flew out on Thursday or are set to do so on Saturday. Cardiff airport managing director Jon Horne said: "I am sure that the excitement and anticipation will start here as Wales' Grand Slam hopes draws closer.

"We are confident that we will get everyone off to a great start to the weekend.

"Everyone at Cardiff International is looking forward to giving the Wales team and all its supporters a true Welsh send-off."

Different result

Max Boyce said the sight of so many Welsh fans at Murrayfield would nullify any home advantage the Scottish team might expect.

He said: "I can't remember ever seeing so many people travelling to Scotland - it's got to be great for Welsh hopes."

One couple making the trip are Ceredigion farmers Gwyn and Enid Jones, who met at the Wales-Scotland game 30 years ago.

The pair, both 51, from Llanrhystud, near Aberystwyth, have visited Edinburgh many times since but said this trip would be particularly special.

However, like all Wales fans, they are hoping for a different result on the field this time - in 1975 Wales lost.

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