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Wales name 42-man Rugby World Cup Training Squad

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WALES have named a 42-man training squad to prepare for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which includes 18 players with RWC experience and two uncapped players in prop Rhys Carre and wing Owen Lane.

Thirty-six of Wales’ 2019 Grand Slam squad are named in the training squad which is made up of 23 forwards and 19 backs.

The players will link up with Wales on a rolling start, after each has received four weeks off following their final club/regional game.

Preparations will begin at the state-of-the-art WRU National Centre of Excellence with the whole squad expected in camp by the middle to end of June.

The rigorous schedule will prepare the squad for their first overseas training camp in the Swiss AlpsAs per 2015, the squad will head to Fiesch in Switzerland for an intensive fortnight.

They will ‘live high’ and ‘train low’ in the resort then return to Cardiff for more preparation ahead of back-to-back fixtures against England at Twickenham (August 11) and Principality Stadium respectively (August 17).

The morning after their second clash with England the squad will head to the heat of Turkey for warm-weather training in the purpose built Gloria Sports Arena before flying home for their final two preparation matches. Wales will face Ireland in Cardiff on August 31 and announce their 31-man RWC squad the following week. They then face the return fixture in Dublin on September 7.

Uncapped Carre joins fellow props Leon Brown, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Dillon Lewis and Nicky Smith.

Ken Owens, who featured for Wales at the 2011 and 2015 RWCs is named alongside Elliot Dee and Ryan Elias.

Alun Wyn Jones, who has appeared in three of the game’s showpiece tournaments (’07, ’11, ’15) features alongside Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Bradley Davies and Cory Hill. Taulupe Faletau, who also played in the 2011 and 2015 tournaments returns to the squad from injury alongside James Davies.  Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler and Justin Tipuric complete the back-row contingent.

Wales have named the same 18 backs that made up the 2019 Guinness Six Nations squad with the addition of Lane.

Aled Davies, Gareth Davies and Tomos Williams feature as the scrum-halves with Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans and Rhys Patchell the four fly-halves named.

Wales have named four centres in Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin and Scott Williams (who has featured in two World Cups for Wales).

Lane, who played for Wales U20 with Carre, is one of eight back-three players included alongside Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Steff Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, George North (who played in both the 2011 and 2015 tournaments), Jonah Holmes and Liam Williams.

It is exciting to name our training squad and to get the RWC ball rolling,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

We’ve named a 42-man squad, packed with experience, a good number of the Grand Slam winning squad are in there plus some players who have returned from injury.

The last couple of years have been about building depth and exposing players and we have done that well so we have kept the numbers down to make the squad as manageable as possible.

We have created some great competition in the squad and there are a couple of players on the injury list at the moment that we could add into the squad at a later date depending on their recovery.

We have been really impressed with Rhys (Carre) and with Owen (Lane).  They have both been on our succession plan for a while and it will be good to have them in camp with us and to see what they are able to do.

We are looking forward to the squad meeting up and a hard summer of work ahead of us.  We have planned it meticulously and the plans have been in place for a good while now.  Looking back to 2011 and 2015 we were happy with our preparation so we are hoping to take that into this year and hopefully build on it.”

WALES’ 2019 RWC TRAINING SQUAD:
FORWARDS (23):
Leon Brown (Dragons) (5 Caps)
Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues) (*Uncapped)
Rob Evans (Scarlets) (35 Caps)
Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (40 Caps)
Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (12 Caps)
Samson Lee (Scarlets) (40 Caps)
Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (12 Caps)
Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (28 Caps)
Elliot Dee (Dragons) (18 Caps)
Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (7 Caps)
Ken Owens (Scarlets) (64 Caps)
Jake Ball (Scarlets) (32 Caps)
Adam Beard (Ospreys) (13 Caps)
Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (64 Caps)
Cory Hill (Dragons) (24 Caps)
Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (125 Caps)
James Davies (Scarlets) (3 Caps)
Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (72 Caps)
Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (31 Caps)
Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (16 Caps)
Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (17 Caps)
Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (64 Caps)
Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (8 Caps)

BACKS (19):
Aled Davies (Ospreys) (16 Caps)
Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (41 Caps)
Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (7 Caps)
Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (26 Caps)
Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (70 Caps)
Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues) (1 Cap)
Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (11 Caps)
Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (73 Caps)
Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (15 Caps)
Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (13 Caps)
Scott Williams (Ospreys) (57 Caps)
Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors) (10 Caps)
Hallam Amos (Dragons) (18 Caps)
Steff Evans (Scarlets) (12 Caps)
Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (81 Caps)
Owen Lane (Cardiff Blues) (*Uncapped)
George North (Ospreys) (83 Caps)
Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers) (2 Caps)
Liam Williams (Saracens) (55 Caps)

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Cresselly close the gap to leaders with win over Lawrenny

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CRESSELLY closed the gap to leaders Neyland to just one point after beating Lawrenny by ten wickets on Saturday (Jul 2).

Cresselly won the toss and chose to field and they were able to bowl Lawrenny out for 149.

Ryan Morton top scored for the visitors with 33 while Steve Lewis added 32.

Ryan Lewis was in excellent form with the ball as he finished with figures of 4-22. He was backed up by Dan James who finished with 3-21.

In reply, Cresselly lost Adam Chandler when he had to retire hurt on a score of 28.

Simon Cole then finished unbeaten on 37 while Phil Williams was not out on 76 as Cresselly won well.

The win moves Cresselly to within a point of leaders Neyland with seven games still to play this season.

On Saturday, July 9, Cresselly travel to Carew while Lawrenny visit Narberth.

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Llangwm ease to win over Town

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LLANGWM earned their fifth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 2) as they beat Haverfordwest by eight wickets.

Llangwm won the toss and chose to field first and that proved a good decision as they bowled Town out for 97.

Steven Mills bowled Mikey Jones early on for a duck before James Marchant and Dan Field shared 35 runs for the second wicket.

However, Mills struck again as he bowled Marchant (9) and more wickets began to fall.

Dan Field had scored 24 but he was bowled by Joe Phillips. Mills then claimed his third wicket as he trapped Dan Potter leg before, leaving Town on 44-4.

That became 57-5 when Jake Merry (5) was bowled by Noah Davies and Town were six down when Matthew Kiff had Jack Scriven caught by Will Beresford.

Dai Davies and Ashley James added 18 runs for the seventh wicket but Brock then bowled James (7).

Soon after Davies, who had hit three fours in a score of 25, was bowled by Phillips.

Brock then bowled Will Phillips before Joe Phillips bowled Johnny White on a score of 11 (two fours).

That brought Town’s innings to a close and it meant Llangwm would need just 98 to win.

Llangwm lost Will Beresford when he was bowled by Johnny White but Steven Mills and David Lewis shared 39 runs for the second wicket.

Lewis hit three fours in a score of 15 but he was then bowled by Clive Tucker.

Mills and Matthew Kiff were then untroubled as they saw Llangwm to victory. Kiff hit two fours and a six in his score of 16 while Mills hit nine fours and a six as he finished unbeaten on 50.

The win sees Llangwm stay in fifth place in the table while Town sit seventh.

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Latest Pembroke County Junior League results

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THE Pembroke County Junior Leagues, sponsored by Llewellyn Davies & co Chartered Accountants, continued last week with some more exciting matches.

There was a first for Llechryd as their two Under 11s sides faced each other in the league for the very first time.

Under 13’s

Haverfordwest (90-3) Hook (88-10)

Haverfordwest: Dafydd Williams 28 not out, Finlay Atyeo 11, Brandon Dewstone 2-6, Deri Field 2-4, Olly Hicks 1-7

Hook: Harry Wilson 14, Alex Blowers 1-10

Lamphey (93-2)  St Ishmaels (103-2)

Lamphey: Evan Clark 25 not out, Morgan Price Richards 14, Iori Evans 23, Elliot Midgley 11 not out

Llechryd (94-2) Laugharne (86-10)

Haverfordwest Under 13s
Lamphey and St Ishmaels

 Under 11’s

 Llechryd (H) (331-4) Llechryd (S) (323-3)

Report supplied by llechryd

Monday evening saw, what was a first for Llechryd where two sides from the club faced each other
in the league.

Not only did they put out two sides, but the softball game was contested in a 10 a side match.

Llechryd (s) won the toss and decided to field first. The opening pair for Llechryd (h) of Florian Cartwright and Zeb Hallam managed to score an impressive 43 from the first 4 overs for the loss of 1 wicket taken by Amelia Evans.

Alex James and Cerith Gill looked to continue the high run rate by knocking the ball to all parts of the ground. They were kept in check by the accurate bowling of Trystan Beard and Callum Baily who both took a wicket a piece.

Some sensible batting through the middle overs by the pairs of Isobel Dunkeld with Catrin Bailey and Gwilym Wyn Jones along side Evan Young kept the scoreboard ticking over without losing any wickets.

Riley Williams and Lowri Rees Langley were the final pair of the innings. As they tried to put on as many runs as possible the bowlers seized the opportunity and wickets were picked up by Noah Davies, Cornelia Harries and Lili Rees Langley. One of them the result of a superb one handed catch by Oscar Patrick. The innings finished on 331-5.

Llechryd (s) needed to get off to a quick start chasing a high total. Bryce Franklin and Luke Wilson got
things underway. Some initial big hitting was responded to by the fielding team with wickets for Alex and Cerith.

After Gwilym had taken an early wicket against the new pair of Dewi Morris and Callum things could have got tight, but they responded with some good running between the wickets with the odd boundary.

Some terrific bowling by Evan and Catrin, taking a wicket each, put some real pressure on Cornelia and Amelia but they didn’t panic and recovered well. Lili and Noah came in and kept out the bowlers and set up the final pair.

Oscar and Trystan still had plenty to do but they looked to take the attack to the opposition. 5 boundaries were hit in the final 2 overs of the game but unfortunately Llechryd (s) came up just short finishing on 323-3.

This was a great night for the club and really highlights the thriving junior section we currently have. A big thanks to all the coaches and parents who make it possible.

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