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First silverware for Treharne’s Wales

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Luke Treharne: Taking on the USA (Pic. Martin Seras Lima)

Luke Treharne: Taking on the USA (Pic. Martin Seras Lima)

LUKE TREHARNE’s tenure as captain of Wales 7’s reaped its first silverware during the Sydney leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, as his side triumphed in the plate of the competition.

However, whilst the former Llanelli player’s side may have lifted a trophy, their coach Gareth Williams is already demanding that his side improves still further ahead of the next two legs of the tour.

Williams is in charge of a side that carries fewer players with tournament experience than any other side in the World Series.

His young side is having to learn lessons the hard way on what is an extremely tough circuit.

With four rounds of the series now completed, Wales are yet to reach the Cup quarter-finals but after claiming the Shield final with a gutsy 24-19 win over Russia at Allianz Stadium on Sunday, Williams is hoping the success will provide a shot in the arm to the team’s prospects looking ahead to next month’s legs in Las Vegas and Vancouver.

“It was pleasing to finish day two with two wins,” he said. “The inconsistencies from Wellington [a week earlier] were still apparent, especially in certain phases of our play in the group stage and especially in our application at the start of day two.”

Wales suffered heavy defeats to USA and England during pool play but finished the day well with a victory against Japan.

However familiar problems haunted Wales in the Bowl quarterfinal where they gave away possession cheaply and Canada made them pay dearly. Wales re-grouped in the Shield to defeat France before claiming the final with a fine display against Russia.

“Despite some people’s perception, these are not traits that sit comfortably amongst the squad and there are a group of young players working hard to improve themselves individually and collectively,” explained Williams.

“Their development is being judged on a hugely competitive performance stage and small gains are difficult to be seen purely in the context of results.

“Our ambition is to improve on the results obviously, and lessons are being taken by the most inexperienced squad on the Series each tournament at a time.

“The wider squad will reconvene pretty quickly in anticipation of the next two legs and the exciting challenge that faces them.”

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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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