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3 West Wales youngsters on Youth Board

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WRU Youth Board: The successful applicants during their videos

WRU Youth Board: The successful applicants during their videos

THREE youngsters from Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen have been successful in their application to become a part of the inaugural WRU Youth Board for 2016.

The board is made up of fifteen individuals aged between 16 and 21, seven of whom are female and eight male, who form a wide geographical representation of Wales and the national game, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.

The Welsh Rugby Union has appointed the first members of its inaugural Youth Board after an online selection process, which saw a host of high calibre candidates, submit video applications via YouTube.

Thomas George (17) and one of the two youngest members Dan Evans (16) are furthest West, with Thomas a member of Fishguard Rugby Club in Pembrokeshire and Dan associated to Pembrokeshire Colleges, Dyffryn Taff School and Whitland RFC, whilst Cameron Petrie (17) is Carmarthenshire based, at Llandovery College, but also a member of the Ospreys academy.

The other successful applicants hail from all over Wales, with some keen players, whilst others are coaches and referees.

“We have gathered a rich and varied array of young talent to form the inaugural WRU Youth Board and I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone at our first meeting in February,” said WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips, who will chair the board – which will meet quarterly over the next two years – himself.

“We have a packed agenda and we are going to go right to the heart of some of the big issues affecting Welsh rugby at the moment for our first meeting, with no holding back.

“We asked each of the candidates to give their views on how we should engage as a Union with future players, referees, volunteers and supporters – people of their own generation and the next one coming through and we will be going deeper into those views.

“We will also be discussing the future of the youth board itself, its aims and its objectives and what we want it to achieve and asking some of the bigger and wider questions about the WRU and the way our national sport is viewed and operated.

“This is going to be good, open, honest and frank discussion and the WRU as an organisation is going to benefit hugely from what these young people will be able to offer.

“The new WRU Youth Board will play an important part in the future of the WRU as will the advisory panel we have selected to sit alongside it.”

One of the main discussion points on the agenda at the new WRU Youth Board’s first gathering will be methods of future engagement with young people in Wales, but the meeting will have a wide ranging remit and leave no topic off the table in its on-going discussions about the national game.

The standard of applications for the Board was extremely high and so a further list of 30 of the top candidates have been invited to sit on an ‘advisory panel’ to the board.

The advisory panel will be an important focus group and be asked for opinions on all WRU Youth Board topics throughout the year. All successful applicants have also received free membership to the WRU’s official supporters club as a recognition of their dedication to rugby.

WRU Youth Board XV for 2016 – with biographical information (alphabetical):

Kay Davies, 18, Powys (f) – studying Sport Management at Cardiff Met University, Sport Cardiff coach, Trefeglwys

Dafydd Duggan, 17, Powys (m) – Llanidloes RFC, RGC Development programme. Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Llanbrynmair

Dan Evans, 16, Pembrokeshire/Carmarthenshire (m) – Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Whitland RFC, Pembrokeshire Colleges

Samuel Evans, 16, Neath (m) – Dulais Valley. Neath College. U7s coach, level 2. Llandarcy academy of sport. Llangatwg Community School

Calum Haggett, 19, Porth (m) – Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw. Gilfach Goch RFC. Former Wales U18s captain. Tonyrefal

Ela Jones, 17, Denbigh (f) – Clwb Rugby Dinbych, Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Nant Conwy girls. Coach U10s, U14s.

Andrew Moule, 19, Port Talbot (m) – Glan Afan Comprehensive. Referee.

Johanna Penrose, 17, Machen (f) – Wyclif Christian School, Caerphilly. St John’s College Cardiff

Cameron Petrie, 17, Llandovery (m) – Llandovery College. Ospreys Academy

Thomas William George, 17, Pembrokeshire (m) – Ysgol Wdig, Fishguard RFC. Player, coach, ref.

Menna Preece, 18, (f) Powys – Ospreys academy, Seven Sisters

Bronwen Prosser, 19, Cardiff (f) – King’s College Taunton. Studying Engineering in Cardiff

Luke Rees, 19, Abertillery (m) – Youth Sport Trust, Sport Wales. University of South Wales. Abertillery RFC player and coach. Ball boy. Sport Wales ambassador.

Emily (Millie) Williams, 16, Wattstown (f) – Porth County Comprehensive School. Wattstown RFC. Blues. Wales U18s. U15s coach.

Jo Williams, 18, Newport (f) – Dragons Senior. Level 1 ref. Treharris

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY has asked fans not to attend the Bridge Meadow Stadium today, March 6, as the club restarts its JD Cymru Premier campaign.

The Bluebirds take on Cardiff Met in a game that kicks off at 2:30pm but, like all fixtures in the Cymru Premier, the game is being played behind closed doors.

A club statement asks fans not to congregate outside the stadium and adds that there are ‘rigorous protocols’ for those who must attend.

A spokesperson said: “Haverfordwest County AFC would like to urge all fans to stay at home for (the) fixture against Cardiff Met. For the foreseeable future, all matches will remain behind closed doors.

“The club, along with Welsh Government guidelines, explicitly forbids the congregation of fans outside the stadium to watch the game. There are numerous precautions in place to ensure that those who must attend the game, stick to rigorous protocols to remain safe.

“All match highlights will be available post-match, via Sgorio. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Bridge Meadow, when it is safe to do so.”

The Club says that this will apply to all future home matches.

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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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