A SENSATIONAL solo try from Scarlets Under 18’s winger Ryan Conbeer has drawn comparisons to rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll’s score in the first Lions test against Australia in 2001, after it was shared online via social media.
The 16-year-old ran the length of the field and through an outrageous sidestep at blistering pace to send the covering fullback the wrong way, in almost identical fashion to O’Driscoll, who throughout a glittering career sent many an opponent the wrong way with his trademark step. As well as drawing high praise from supporters and users of social media it has also drawn the attention of Welsh legend Jonathan Davies who labelled it a ‘great try’ whilst O’Driscoll himself got in on the conversation, dismissing the comparisons by suggesting the Tenby wingers score was better than his own with the quip, ‘only 40 metres longer’.
Former Greenhill School pupil Conbeer is widely regarded as a star of the future after some sensational performances for both his club and country, and the rapid winger was a winner of The Pembrokeshire Herald Young Sporting Champion award in association with Dragon LNG in 2015. After playing in the Wellington Festival in a trial game for Wales Under 16’s, a regular blogger on the BBC ScrumV rugby forum posted a glowing reference for the Tenby youngster, describing Ryan as having ‘pace to burn’, going on to say that he ‘tackled well and took a brilliant try by using fancy footwork and going outside his opposite number. Really impressed – look out for the name’.
Ryan started out playing for Tenby U10’s and quickly progressed to the U11’s District team that toured Barcelona, under the watchful eye of coach Kenny Davies. From here he made his way into the Dyfed U11’s team before earning his first cap for the U11’s West Wales side. With such a strong CV by the age of 11, Ryan decided to make the move to Narberth to play his club rugby for the Under 12’s and continued to impress for the Scarlets feeder club. After, representing the district he was subsequently picked up by the region. At the age of 14 he was picked to play for the Scarlets U16’s side, which was testament to his raw ability. Now 16, he has played for the Scarlets U16’s West side, coached by Barry John and Jonny Llewellyn-Evans.
Ryan has gone on to gain his first Welsh cap, in a game versus England, and made many more appearances since. Having now earned an academy contract with the Scarlets he recently moved to study at Coleg Sir Gar. He hopes his commitment will help him to become a professional player and that one day he will realise his dream and gain a cap for the full international side.
Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages
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.
Wales v Scotland postponed
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.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
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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