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A celebration of legendary Welsh tries



SOME tries have cemented their place in Welsh rugby folklore and during November S4C’s Clwb Rygbi Rhyngwladol will be asking the public what they think is the most legendary try ever scored for Wales.

As part of the Chwedlau (Legends) season on S4C, rugby fans are invited to vote for their Cais i Gymru (Try for Wales), by picking their favourite try from a short-list selected by a panel of experts at the BBC Wales produced Clwb Rygbi. The three-person panel includes former Wales captain Gwyn Jones, Clwb Rygbi host Gareth Rhys Owen and commentator Gareth Charles.

The list is made up of tries scored during the Five or Six Nations Championship, or during the Autumn Internationals, and contains one try from each decade since the 1960s, plus one extra try to honour Gareth Edwards on his 70th birthday year.

The short list was revealed during S4C’s live coverage of Wales v Australia on Saturday, November 11, and posted on the website

The Cais i Gymru short-list:

  • 60s – Barry John v England – 1969
  • 70s – Phil Bennett v Scotland – 1977
  • 80s – Adrian Hadley v England – 1988
  • 90s – Craig Quinnell v France – 1999
  • 00s – Ryan Jones v Scotland – 2005
  • 10s – Alex Cuthbert v England – 2013
  • Additional Try: Gareth Edwards v Scotland – 1972

Go to the website to watch and vote for your favourite, and the top try will be announced during S4C’s live coverage of Wales v New Zealand on Saturday, November 25.

One member of the panel who had the tough task of selecting the shortlist was Clwb Rygbi presenter Gareth Rhys Owen, who is fronting S4C’s live coverage of this year’s Autumn Internationals and the 2018 Six Nations.

Gareth Rhys Owen says; “As a nation, we appreciate a particular brand of rugby based on flair and imagination, as opposed to raw power like the English and the Springboks, for example. Barry John, Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett, Shane Williams – they are our heroes. Maybe the final list will exhibit some of the tries we associate with the traditional ‘Welsh’ style of play.”

The sport has been transformed since the days of the legendary Welsh team of the 1970s, but Gareth believes that some of that attacking instinct still exists today.

“Rugby is such a structured game these days and it’s much harder to score tries from open play. But I don’t think the ‘Welsh Way’ has disappeared.

“Warren Gatland wants to develop a more open style of play, more similar to the Scarlets, so I think that’s promising. There are also a few new players in the squad this time too and that’s what excites me about this autumn.”

Go to to vote for your favourite. Voting closes at 11.00pm on Friday, November 24. It’s free to take part but you can only vote once.


Nigel Owens hosts virtual rugby quiz for Pembroke Panthers



PEMBROKE Panthers RFC enjoyed a rugby return during lockdown after winning a competition which saw international referee Nigel Owens host their own virtual clubhouse quiz, thanks to Principality Building Society.

The women’s squad at the Pembroke club beat more than 1000 entries to win Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz competition. With many clubs affected by widespread flooding at the start of this year and now closed indefinitely due to coronavirus, the building society is continually looking for ways to support grassroots rugby clubs in Wales.

Pembroke Panther Lucy Neale, 30, entered her team with the hope of bringing the players together online. She said: “We’d usually see each other up to five times a week between training sessions, matches and socials, so it’s been a really strange time. I thought I’d enter the club thinking it would be a nice pick-me-up for us all, but never actually expected to win so it was an amazing surprise.”

The team were tested on their rugby knowledge by world cup referee Nigel Owens over video conferencing platform Zoom, where players won tickets to Welsh internationals at Principality Stadium, signed rugby shirts and balls, and tickets for a tour around Principality Stadium. The quiz included a guest appearance from former Welsh international Tom Shanklin.

Lucy continued: “It was such a memorable and special evening for us all. We’re usually quite a lively bunch but we behaved well for Nigel. We’re so thankful to Principality for putting on the quiz and allowing us to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience as a team.”

As sponsors of Principality Stadium and the National Youth Leagues for grassroots clubs in Wales, Principality has a strong relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union and knows how much rugby means to communities across the country. With matches on hold currently, the building society wanted to be able to bring the buzz of the clubhouse to the home.

Clubhouse Quiz host, Nigel Owens, said: “Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz was a fantastic way to bring one team closer together and Pembroke Panthers really showed off their rugby knowledge. Rugby plays such an important role in Welsh communities and I know they’ll be missing the action on the field right now, so it was lovely to have been part of this experience to bring this team together. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sin bin any of them either.”

Julie-Ann Haines, Chief Customer Officer at Principality Building Society, said: “Many rugby clubs across Wales have had a really difficult year, with flood damage to pitches and clubhouses now followed by coronavirus. This was our chance to recreate the camaraderie of the clubhouse for one team and we hope that it brought plenty of laughs and memorable moments for Pembroke Panthers at this challenging time.”

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Wales v Scotland postponed



WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended



THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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