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Pryce has perfect rally test

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Osian Pryce: The Ford Fiesta R5.

Osian Pryce: The Ford Fiesta R5.

THE SMILE on Osian Pryce’s face says it all. He’s tuned himself in to the Ford Fiesta R5 he will be driving on this week’s Wales Rally GB after just 30 miles of running in Alwen Forest. He’s ready to go now. But he’s still got three days to wait before Thursday night’s ceremonial start in Colwyn Bay. Pryce and co-driver Dale Furniss spent today fine-tuning the set-up of the Ford Fiesta R5 they will use to contest Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship this week.

Despite never having driven a four-wheel drive rally car in anger before, the 21-year-old came out of the car comfortable, confident and blown away by the total traction on offer from a state-of-the-art rally car built by two-time world champions M-Sport. Today was all about the test. Tomorrow Machynlleth’s finest and fastest will have another test in store, as he fields some tricky questions… Osian said: “I had an idea of what to expect from this car and the reality lived up to and beyond those expectations – it was awesome! I hadn’t driven the car before today, not even turned a wheel in it.

On the road along to the stage it felt nice, but once we got into the test road, it was fantastic. I felt at home straight away. After three runs, I came back to service and CA1 Sport softened off the rear suspension, just to give us some more grip at the back of the car. We then softened the front as well to give us some more grip off the line, but that was it. Honestly, after around 30 miles of driving, I felt comfortable and completely at home in the car. I love it and I want the rally to start now! The test road was really good. We were just down the road from where some of the stages will be running during the event, so it couldn’t get more representative. Today’s been the perfect day and the aim is to continue this run into the event itself. My sponsors have given me this opportunity and I’m not going to waste it this week.”

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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