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Warriors host Stags debut fixture

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Scrum Down: Warriors face up to the Stags

Scrum Down: Warriors face up to the Stags

Llanelli Warriors 17
Salopian Clan 36

THIS MAY have been the 1st time the Stags had ever taken the field together and was played as a training game, but this was a fierce workout for the Warriors.
The Salopian Stags are the latest integrated side, looking to include players with learning difficulties, and the Warriors were honoured to have staged their 1st game. Although the team were playing together for the 1st time, they had a big squad with very experienced core whilst 6 players made their rugby debut.
All four quarters were evenly contested although the Warriors possibly edged territory early on. There was a battle royal between the back rows where there was a lot of experience. The Warriors muscled their way about through Dow Evans and Simon Jenkins but the Salopian back row worked well together and thwarted several attacks without breaking the patience of the referee.
After a cagey first quarter the Warriors scored first when lively scrum half Craig James found enough room to scamper through a gap and arc over wide. The visitor’s backs, actually more used to playing together than the Warriors, started to click and it took some excellent defending to keep them at bay until a long range effort from Tom Andrews got them away.
With neither side looking to kick penalties it was running rugby all the way. Whilst happy with much of their efforts the Warriors struggled to add to their initial score whilst the Stags got tries through Ryan Beasley and Justyn Haycocks.
There was a good aerial battle between Alex Barclay and Andrew Davies that could yet be replayed at the Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament next month and the Warriors would have been pleased with the form of Will Browne and Richard Evans. However whilst Evans proved he is well over his injury problems the Warriors were disrupted badly with key players Dylan Harris, Gwilym Lewis and Ben Winstanley all having to leave the field.
Tries for the Stags from Jamie Owen (twice) and Eddie Price saw them stretch ahead while Dow Evans got over for the Llanelli team. The Stags debutants were obviously enjoying themselves with Zack Pressland and Daniel Parton especially getting stuck in but the Warriors had the last word when after several penalties in the ‘red zone’ Nathan Lawson burrowed over.
A fine start then for the Salopian Stags whose win made the long journey worthwhile and plenty for the Warriors to think about as they prepare for a big 20th anniversary season.

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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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