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Scarlets sign South African lock Bulbring

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David Bulbring: Lineout specialist arrived this week

David Bulbring: Lineout specialist arrived this week

SCARLETS were delighted this week to announce the signing of South African lock David Bulbring on a long-term contract.

The former Golden Lions captain and Springbok Under 20s international arrives in West Wales today having put pen to paper on a deal that will see him represent the Scarlets until the summer of 2019.

26-year-old Bulbring has a wealth of Currie Cup and Super Rugby experience, having represented the Lions, Southern Kings, Blue Bulls and most recently EP Kings.

Bulbring has established himself as a lineout technician and his arrival this week comes as a welcome boost for the Scarlets with locks unavailable through international call-ups, injuries and suspension.

Commenting on the arrival of Bulbring Jon Daniels, Scarlets General Manager of Rugby, said: “We are delighted that David is joining us. The potency of our backline next season is well documented but it is a strategic priority of our 3-year recruitment plan to ensure we have quality selection choices in all positions.

“David brings a wealth of experience of leading the lineout. He arrives just in time to add a further dimension and competition for selection during a critical time of the season.”

From Port Elizabeth, Bulbring represented Eastern Province at the 2007 U18s Craven Week. His debut for the Golden Lions, in the 2009 Vodacom Cup, resulted in him being called up to the national U20s side for the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship.

Scarlets Head Coach Wayne Pivac added: “We’re delighted to be in a position to welcome David to the Scarlets and being able to utilise his experience for the remainder of the season. Injuries have hampered us in that area of the pack in recent months and having a player of David’s experience and high work rate join us at this all-important period of the PRO12 has a huge significance.”

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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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