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PETER TIFFIN COLUMN

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Raiders-new-logoAS WE STATED last week, myself, Jon Ellis and Andrew Thorne were all invited to Hull to be a part of their first home fixture of the 2016 Super League season.

It was great to see how it was all run on a match day and at no point of the day were we disappointed. From having a long discussion with John Prescott to seeing the clubs facilities we all took a lot away from our first trip of many to Hull KR.

Once we had returned to West Wales our main priority was to prepare for our friendly against our new feeder side Swansea University Rugby League. We decided it would be a good time to take a look at both sets of squads in a game scenario. With the weather on Monday not being the greatest we thought it was going to be difficult to keep the game on, but with the great facilities at Trimsaran RFC this was not an issue.

Even though the game was set up as a training match we still decided to bring in top official James Jones to make sure the boys were taking all aspects of the game correctly. With both sets of squads getting a good run out with 4 twenty-minute parts of the game it all ended with a score of 13 tries to 1 as kicks at goals were not used. After the game both sets of staff had a long discussion and we shall now be doing a lot more with Swansea to help them with matters both off and on the pitch.

As the week progressed so did the workload as preparations continued for our first origin game of the season. Origins has been set up for children aged 13-16, West Wales take on East Wales at under 14s,15s and 16s in a 3 match series, one home game, one away game and a final neutral one.

This year the first game will be at Ystrad Mynach on Sunday 28th February. This year will also be a first where Under 16s from the East and West will take on each other for the title, this is also connected to Wales Under 16s as all players wishing to be selected to represent their country this season will have to be involved in their origin side.

Andrew Thorne and myself will be involved in the first part of the Wales Under 16s selection process this Sunday at Stebonheath, we shall be holding a registration day where everyone who wishes to be involved this year can come and express their interest, if anyone reading this would like any more information regarding the origin series or registration day please contact myself on 07772949956.

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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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