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Llandovery face Quins in Foster’s 7s

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Foster’s 7s: The captains at launch day

FOSTER’s 7s champions Llandovery have been drawn against fellow Scarlets regional side Carmarthen Quins in Round One of the third WRU Foster’s National 7s, which will take place at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday August 30.

Former Carmarthen Quins player, Scarlets flanker James Davies made the draw, along with his brother Jonathan, and Wales Sevens captain Jevon Groves.

Last year’s finalists, Pontypridd, have been drawn against Wales Students in Round One, while current Plate holders Llanelli face Cross Keys in a bid to reach the Cup quarter-finals this time around.

Last year’s Cup semi-finalists Bridgend and Aberavon take on Bedwas and Neath respectively while in the remaining Round One fixtures, Swansea face old rivals Cardiff, RGC 1404 play Newport and Ebbw Vale play Welsh Exiles who replaced Bargoed in the draw after the Championship side didn’t take up their place in the competition.

The Scarlets will play the Ospreys and the Dragons will play the Blues in the inaugural Radler Women’s 7s which will take place on the same day.

Tickets for the Foster’s National 7s are currently on sale. Go to wru.wales/ tickets to purchase tickets. Tickets also available from participating clubs, to personal callers at the WRU Ticket Office, 8 Westgate Street, Cardiff or by calling the WRU customer care team on 02920 822432.

Llandovery v Carmarthen Quins will kick off a whole day’s top class sevens rugby at 10am, with the cup final set to kick off at 7.20pm.Ticket prices for the whole day event are unchanged with adult tickets £10 and £5 for under 16s. The family offer is also available at £20 for 2 adults and 2 under 16s.

James Davies said: “I owe a lot to sevens rugby. It is through that channel that I have gained a professional contract with the Scarlets.”

Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams added: “The Foster’s 7s is the perfect time for players to show what they are capable of. There is also the small matter of rugby sevens being part of the Olympic Games next year, so from a player’s and fan’s objective, the Foster’s 7s will be just the ticket to get into the swing of the sport.”

Will Thomas, representing champions Llandovery, and a Wales Sevens international said: “The Foster’s 7s gives us players the chance to throw the ball around and show what we can do. We know there will be some pressure on us as champions, but it’s just a great day out for players and fans.”

Wales Women’s Sevens head coach Richie Pugh said: “It is fantastic to have a women’s sevens competition alongside the men to show everyone what they are capable of. Our national sevens squad will have just returned from the final World Series qualifying tournament in Dublin and we will use the day for identification and selection looking ahead at next season.”

WRU Foster’s National 7s 2015:

Round One matches:

Llandovery v Carmarthen Quins

Ebbw Vale v Welsh Exiles

Llanelli v Cross Keys

Bedwas v Bridgend

Aberavon v Neath

RGC 1404 v Newport

Swansea v Cardiff

Welsh Students v Pontypridd

Radler Women’s 7s 2015

Round One matches:

Scarlets v Ospreys

Dragons v Blues

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April  4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.  

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance. 

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate. 

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