Monday, March 15, 2004

White witch spells success for Wales

DESPERATE times call for desperate measures... so we've conjured up a spot of magic to bewitch England next week!

Wales play the World Cup winners in Saturday's Six Nations showdown at Twickenham.

And you can be sure Sir Clive Woodward's boys will be baying for blood after they were whipped by Ireland.

So in the interest of national pride, we took a leaf out of Harry Potter's magic book and cast a spell on Wales to win - and to recapture the glorious day when we trounced the English at Wembley in 1999.

White witch Amanda Samson knocked up the magic words - and we did the rest here at Wales on Sunday HQ.

Amanda says the spell is supposed to "attract success" letting you "acknowledge your unlimited potential and live your dreams".

And while you lot may be sceptical, it seems the WRU didn't want to dismiss the world of witchcraft!

A WRU spokesman said: "Rugby is an increasingly scientific game where no stone is left unturned to try to get the right result. If this will help in any way then I am sure the team and fans will welcome it."

So how did we do it?

We cast the spell using a special scroll with a talisman, rose petals and "success oil".

"You don't have to be a witch to cast a SpellBox spell," said Amanda. "Just be clear in your intent and open to the answers from the universe!"

Known as the Green Witch, Amanda, who is originally from Australia, sells her spells on the internet.

"Lots and lots of our orders come from Wales, particularly Gwent," said Amanda. "We have got six shops in Wales who stock our spells. And we have certainly had lots of interest from members of the public from Wales - 10 to 15 per cent of orders were from there.

"There seem to be a lot of people open to mysticism and magic all over Wales."