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Treharne’s Wales head to Sydney

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Treharne (second left): At the launch of the Sydney 7’s

Treharne (second left): At the launch of the Sydney 7’s

WALES march on to the fourth round of the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series in Sydney this week hoping for better fortune than they experienced in Wellington.

Luke Treharne’s side lost a highly competitive opening pool game against Argentina, 19-12, at the Westpac Stadium and then conceded four second half tries to the flying Fijians in their second outing to go down 33-7 having changed ends all square.

A 33-28 win over Japan set up a Bowl quarterfinal against Samoa, which was lost in the final play of the game, before a 17-0 Shield semi-final defeat to Russia ended their two days in the New Zealand capital. They now move on to Sydney, where they will face England, USA and Japan in Pool D.

Having been 12-0 down at the break against the Pumas, tries from Kristian Phillips and Treharne brought Wales back into the contest, but they couldn’t bridge the gap in the end. Against the Fijians a Sam Cross try converted by Treharne made it 7-7 at the break before the South Seas’ sevens specialists cut loose in the second half.

In the final pool game Japan led 14-12 at half time then went 19-12 ahead with the first try of the second half.

Owen Jenkins and Luke Morgan ran in first half tries and then the second half recovery saw Treharne and Roach got over before Jordan Williams won the game in the final minute with a try, which he also converted.

The Bowl quarterfinal clash on Day 2 with Samoa started badly for the Welsh side, who found themselves trailing 24-0 at half time. But a brilliant second half revival in which Cross and Morgan crossed for two tries apiece levelled the scores before the Samoans stole the game with a last minute score.

The Shield semi-final against Russia was lost 17-0, with Wales conceding three tries. The Russians went on to lose 14-7 to France in the final.

Wales Sevens Squad:

Luke Treharne (captain, Wales 7s), Sam Cross (Wales 7s), Ben Roach (Wales 7s), Luke Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons), Lloyd Lewis (Newport Gwent Dragons), Jordan Williams (Scarlets), Adam Thomas (Cardiff Blues), Owen Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Tom Isaacs (Cardiff Blues), Kristian Phillips (Ospreys), Ethan Davies (Cross Keys), Luke Crocker (Ebbw Vale)

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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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