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PETER TIFFIN COLUMN

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Raiders-new-logoAS WE STATED last week, myself, Jon Ellis and Andrew Thorne were all invited to Hull to be a part of their first home fixture of the 2016 Super League season.

It was great to see how it was all run on a match day and at no point of the day were we disappointed. From having a long discussion with John Prescott to seeing the clubs facilities we all took a lot away from our first trip of many to Hull KR.

Once we had returned to West Wales our main priority was to prepare for our friendly against our new feeder side Swansea University Rugby League. We decided it would be a good time to take a look at both sets of squads in a game scenario. With the weather on Monday not being the greatest we thought it was going to be difficult to keep the game on, but with the great facilities at Trimsaran RFC this was not an issue.

Even though the game was set up as a training match we still decided to bring in top official James Jones to make sure the boys were taking all aspects of the game correctly. With both sets of squads getting a good run out with 4 twenty-minute parts of the game it all ended with a score of 13 tries to 1 as kicks at goals were not used. After the game both sets of staff had a long discussion and we shall now be doing a lot more with Swansea to help them with matters both off and on the pitch.

As the week progressed so did the workload as preparations continued for our first origin game of the season. Origins has been set up for children aged 13-16, West Wales take on East Wales at under 14s,15s and 16s in a 3 match series, one home game, one away game and a final neutral one.

This year the first game will be at Ystrad Mynach on Sunday 28th February. This year will also be a first where Under 16s from the East and West will take on each other for the title, this is also connected to Wales Under 16s as all players wishing to be selected to represent their country this season will have to be involved in their origin side.

Andrew Thorne and myself will be involved in the first part of the Wales Under 16s selection process this Sunday at Stebonheath, we shall be holding a registration day where everyone who wishes to be involved this year can come and express their interest, if anyone reading this would like any more information regarding the origin series or registration day please contact myself on 07772949956.

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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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