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Shingler looking to kick-on

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OUTSIDE half Steven Shingler says that ‘it’ll be a good race to the 10 spot’ as he prepares to make a full return from injury ahead of the Guinness PRO12 season which gets underway in four weeks.

Shingler made a return to the Scarlets ahead of the 2013-14 season after a couple of years away from his home patch with London Irish whilst local boy, and fellow outside half, Aled Thomas has this summer made a return after a sojourn with Gloucester.

Thomas and Shingler will be fighting it out for the outside half jersey at the Scarlets whilst the region can boast a strong pool of young 10s clipping at their heels.

Shingler played in 31 of the region’s 34 games last season rested for the LV= Cup clashes against Cardiff Blues and Sale Sharks, in November and January respectively, whilst not coming off the bench in the region’s 17-6 defeat to Munster at Thomond Park in October.

In the 31 appearances Shingler scored 21 conversions and 39 penalties and believed years of hard work and patience bared fruit.

“It was a big season for myself. It felt a long time coming. At the start of the season trying to get two minutes was hard enough. I got more than I could have wished for, hopefully it went pretty well and I can kick on.

“This is what you want, to be the best and be number one. There are a few good outside halves at the Scarlets at the moment; it’ll be a good race to the 10 spot and I’ll be trying to put my hand up.

“I’ve always been trying to aim for that string of games at outside half which I achieved towards the mid season. Consistency is always a big thing at outside half and that’s a big aim for me.” He added.

As for the Scarlets Shingler believes a confident start will pay dividends for the side. “We will play every game as it comes and we want to win every game. We’ve got to be looking for a good start to the season. It’ll be a tough start, a massive challenge against the champions in the first game but I think the confidence is there to go and take something away from that game.”

 

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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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