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£1million offered to community game in free Macron kit vouchers

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All WRU clubs, along with Female Hubs, mixed ability teams and Wales Deaf have been offered the chance to claim at least one set of free kit for next season as part of the Welsh Rugby Union’s kit sponsorship with Macron.

Macron became the WRU’s official kit supplier in 2020, providing Wales’ national and age grade teams with playing and training gear. And a key part of the innovative partnership will see Macron invest £6 million over six years in free kit for the community game.

Clubs have been invited to sign up to the offer and claim between £1500 and £6300 in free kit vouchers for next season depending on the teams they run. The vouchers, once allocated, can be used at local Macron Stores, who will provide support in helping clubs to select, design and order kit.

From a community club perspective, there is an allocation for senior men’s 1st XV teams which can be re-distributed by other club teams such as 2nd XVs, vets or junior teams, if, for example clubs have already produced senior men’s 1st XV kit for next season.

Clubs can also claim free Macron kit vouchers to purchase a set of kit for their youth and senior women’s teams. This allocation must be used for those specific teams.

Female Hubs and a number of inclusive teams throughout Wales such as mixed ability teams have been offered the chance to claim a set of free Macron kit, and Macron will also kit out the Wales Deaf national teams.

WRU Community Director Geraint John said, “We are delighted to be able to offer the community game such a substantial amount of free Macron kit which will be especially appreciated at this time. The vouchers will enable all our clubs, Female Hubs and inclusive teams to reduce kit costs or re-allocate valuable sponsorship monies. Macron is already a proud kit supplier to many community clubs in Wales, and their eagerness to embrace this key area of the game will no doubt consolidate that relationship.”

Clubs, Female Hubs and inclusive teams have been contacted and asked to sign up to the offer by Friday 5 March, indicating the teams they wish to claim kit vouchers for.

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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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