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WRU calls on Welsh public to ‘Shape our Game’

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Shape our Game: Wales' two longest serving captains Sam Warburton and Ryan Jones

Shape our Game: Wales’ two longest serving captains Sam Warburton and Ryan Jones

THE PEOPLE of Wales are being asked to help shape the future of rugby. The WRU has today (Monday) launched nationwide consultation asking people to ‘Shape our Game’ and provide feedback about Wales’ national sport via an online survey at www.wru.wales/shapeourgame

The consultation will provide the foundation for the most comprehensive and far-reaching review of the male adult and youth community game since the first official game of rugby was recorded in Wales 150 years ago.

WRU Head of Participation, Ryan Jones, said, “If you have an interest in rugby we want your input. Regardless of your age or gender we are looking for insights and opinions from across the board. Whether you are a player – current or retired – a parent, a volunteer, a teacher, coach, a community supporter or a stay-at-home fan your opinion counts. We want to harness the passion and opinions that we know exist throughout Wales and use these to help shape the future of our national game.

“This feedback is crucial if we are to develop a vibrant modern game that continues to be an integral part of our communities and our culture. Nothing is off-limits. We’re looking at 15-a-side rugby provision, including 1st and 2nd XV rugby, plus more accessible formats such as Touch Rugby and Sevens. We’re keen to look at ways to attract and retain more youth and adult players, particularly 16-24 year-olds, in all forms of the game and are open to all ideas.”

Wales Head Coach, Warren Gatland, said: “For anyone who has ever sat at home and shouted at the TV with pride or frustration this is your chance to have your voice heard. We are very lucky to have a passionate and knowledgeable rugby public in Wales. We always speak of the three million selectors we have here and this is their chance to share their views.  No-one knows the club game better than those that play, coach, referee and support it at grassroots level and we want to make the most of that expertise.  A strong national squad is shaped by the community game which feeds it and that’s why I urge anybody that has an interest in the game to get involved and help us shape a healthy future for Welsh rugby.”

The male adult and youth participation survey follows a similar review of the women and girl’s game launched in March 2015. As a result of that review the WRU has launched a number of key initiatives to help create a dynamic and inclusive rugby pathway for Welsh females. This includes enabling girls to play in spring and summer rather than the bleaker winter months; giving them the option to play girls only rugby and enabling them to play the format which suits them be it tag, touch, 7-a-side or 15s. All moves are designed to have a further positive impact on grass roots level participation.

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Gascoigne entertains Llanelli

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OVER 400 people were at attendance in the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli on Saturday (Jun 18) to see former England legend Paul Gascoigne talk about his life and footballing career.

Gazza had the crowd in stitches with his stories from his past and was visibly emotional with the crowd’s warm reaction to him being there.

At one point a member of the crowd asked him if he could play one last game for one team who would it be… his answer was Swansea City to the crowds delight.

His next event will be in Tenby on September 17. The event was kindly sponsored by RDH Contractors and Sylan Lakes holiday cottages in five roads.

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Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’

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EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.

Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.

49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.

In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.

“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.

“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”

Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.

Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.

He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.

Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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Llanelli edged out as Ynystawe pull off mammoth chase

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A SCORE of 331-4 would normally be enough for a team to pick up victory, but South Wales Premier Division 2 leaders Ynystawe had other ideas as they pulled off a remarkable chase on Saturday (Jun 4).

Llanelli had been asked to bat first after Ynystawe had won the toss and their total was underpinned by a brilliant unbeaten century from Iwan Rees.

The opener hit sixteen fours and four sixes in his knock of 153 which came off 146 balls.

He had good support from Steven Devonald who scored 29 and Rhydian Morgan who scored 20 (2 fours, 1 six).

Rees and Rhys Harris shared the best stand of the match as they put on 157 runs for the fourth wicket.

Harris hit 12 fours in his score of 87 from 74 balls but he was out to the bowling of Rhys Palmer.

Rhys Westcott also finished unbeaten on 18 from 11 balls as Ynystawe were set 332 to win the game.

In reply, opener Nathan Lee scored 20 before falling to Jac Rees who also then took the wicket of Morgan Hodges on a score of 23.

Carl Roberts played well for his half century, hitting eight fours in his score of 56 before being trapped leg before by Aled Gilley.

Andrew Beasley was run out on a score of 15 and that left Ynystawe on 140-4.

Thomas Morgan and Luke Garthwaite shared 93 runs for the fifth wicket. Both reached their half centuries but Morgan was out to Iwan Rees on a score of 50.

Rees also bowled Ceri Durke and Rhys Palmer was run out by Rhydian Morgan having hit a four and a six in a quickfire score of 15.

That left Ynystawe 275-7 and they only had six overs left to get their target.

Garthwaite was on a score of 75 when Palmer fell and he took control as he smashed his way to a century.

He finished unbeaten on 118 from 67 balls after hitting 20 fours and two sixes. The last of his fours won the game for the home side as they ended up winning with two overs to spare.

On Saturday, June 11, Llanelli host Cowbridge while Ynynstawe travel to Penarth.

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