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Stadium unveils new pitch for ‘Go Green Day’

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screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-15-10-17PRINCIPALITY STADIUM has shown its support for ‘Go Green Day’ by unveiling the new pitch that will host Wales’ Under Armour Series matches against Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa next month.

As part of Wales’ day of action against climate change, Go Green Champions gathered at the stadium to launch the national fundraising day. These included Paralympic Gold Medallist Aled Davies MBE and Assembly Member Vaughan Gething, who were given the privilege of being the first people to check out the hallowed turf.

Hundreds of people are supporting ‘Go Green’ across Wales today as part of a charity campaign run by Size of Wales, which aims to help tackle climate change by helping to protect an area of rainforest twice the size of our nation.

Facilities Manager Darren Crossman, who heads up the sustainability remit at the multi-event venue, was keen to show his support and reminds us of the recycling that goes on all year round, in particular underneath the pitch which will provide the stage for some of the greatest players in world rugby in just over two weeks.

“We’re always looking to improve our sustainability and are delighted to partner with a worthy charity, Size of Wales, to ‘Go Green’ by revealing our pitch as part of the national campaign,” he said.

“While today is exciting for sports fans wanting to get a glimpse of the new surface which is looking great ahead of the Under Armour Series, my consideration as Facilities Manager is to ensure our pitch is ‘green’, from an environmental perspective, all year round.

“The pitch has a built-in drainage system for recycling the water which improves our carbon footprint and allows our fantastic ground staff and to keep the surface in tip top condition when the rugby takes centre stage from next month.”

To mark the national day of action, the stadium has also implemented the promotion of public transport to get to work and asked staff to wear green to raise money.

Claire Raisin, Director of Size of Wales, said: “We’re so pleased to have Principality Stadium supporting this year’s Go Green Day. So many people have come up with amazing ideas to join in, and we hope the whole of Wales will go green!”

She continued: “If you’d like to take part, it’s not too late. You can follow everything on #GoGreenDay or go online to find out more and to make a donation at gogreen.sizeofwales.org.uk.”

Sustainable action at the venue has earned Principality Stadium a nomination in the Sustainable Venue category of the Sustain Wales Awards. Members of the public can vote now at: www.cynnalcymru.com/online-vote/.

Go Green Day comes just days after the announcement that £5 million from ticket sales at the venue has been donated to community groups in Wales, via the Trust (MSCT).

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Saunders stars as Llangennech beat Gowerton

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LLANGENNECH remain unbeaten in League 1 West after they won 33-16 away at Gowerton on Saturday (Jan 15).

Liam Hutchings put the visitors ahead with the first try of the game and Tom Neale added the extras.

Gowerton then got themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty but Llangennech were soon back on the attack.

Jordan Saunders was next to go over and Neale again added the extras.

Gowerton reduced the arrears once more with another penalty and the visitors held a 14-6 lead when the half time whistle went.

Gowerton scored another penalty early in the second half to keep themselves in the game.

However, Llangennech kept applying the pressure and they soon had their third try with Saunders going over for his second and Neale adding his third conversion to make it 21-9.

Saunders then completed his hat trick to also earn his side a bonus point.

Gowerton responded with a converted try to bring the score back to 16-26 but it was the visitors who had the last word.

Greg George scored their fifth try of the game and Neale converted to complete the scoring.

Saunders was named man of the match for his try hat trick and the win sees them move on to 25 points, six points above second placed Newcastle Emlyn.

The sides are next in action on Saturday, January 29, when Llangennech host third placed Felinfoel while Gowerton travel to Aberystwyth.

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Llanelli Town announce triple signing

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LLANELLI TOWN has announced the signings of three new players as they continue to make preparations for the return of football in February.

Football across Wales has been suspended as a result of Welsh Government restrictions but new Reds manager Lee John has wasted little time in making additions to his squad.

Their first sining announced on Wednesday, January 12, was that of former Swansea City U23s defender Jake Thomas who joins from Cambrian & Clydach.

Manager Lee John said: “A 6’2 Centre Back that is very comfortable in possession and a strong defender. Jake picked up a wealth of experience playing for Swansea City FC and played very well against us a few weeks ago for Cambrian.

“Jake has a big future ahead of him and I’m delighted he’s chosen to sign for us.”

Another ex-Swansea player who has put pen to paper on a deal at Stebonheath Park is James Murphy.

Lee said: “James is a very talented forward with bags of potential, he’s also a local product from Llanelli who was very eager to sign and commit to his home town club.

“We want players who want to wear the shirt with pride, James was clear in his determination to commit to the club and help us achieve our future ambitions.”

Llanelli’s final signing of the day is central midfielder Ryan Bevan who joins from Trefelin.

“Ryan is also a former Swansea City product, a busy midfielder who can make a team tick, he possesses a range of passing qualities and is very comfortable in possession. Another ambitious player who wants to play at the highest level possible.

“Three excellent signings to strengthen the squad for the final 12 games of the season”, concluded John.

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Scarlets v Dragons postponed

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THE United Rugby Championship (URC) game between Scarlets and Dragons has been postponed.

It had been due to take place at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday, January 8, but a number of covid-19 cases have been reported in the Dragons’ squad.

The URC Medical Advisory Group has liaised with the region and having considered all the facts have deemed that the fixture cannot go ahead as scheduled.

The United Rugby Championship will now consider available dates to reschedule the game.

Scarlets’ next game is scheduled for Sunday, January 16, when they travel to France Union Bourdeaux-Begles in the Heinken Champions Cup.

The Dragons’ next game is set to take place on Saturday, January 15, when they take on Bennetton in the European Champions Cup.

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