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Wales Women 7s squad announced for Lisbon

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THE Wales Women 7s squad has been named ahead of the Rugby Europe Sevens Championship Series opener in Lisbon this weekend (5-6 June).

Head coach Warren Abrahams has named a squad brimming with potential, with Worcester Warriors’ Alex Callender handed the captaincy. With this tournament offering a route to qualification for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, there is plenty of incentive for the Welsh girls.

The first leg of the Women’s Championship, which was formerly known as the Grand Prix, will feature nine teams from across the continent with Wales featuring in Pool B alongside Poland and Belgium.

Wales’ first match of the day will be against Poland (10.22am local time), before taking on Belgium later in the afternoon (12.22pm local time).

“It’s always exciting for the girls to be part of a journey like this and a privilege to wear the Wales badge,” said Abrahams.

“The game of sevens brings out a lot of excitement – it is going to be a short and intense campaign but it is going to be a lot of fun and pretty exciting.

“This campaign presents an opportunity to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and we’re really lucky to be in this position – we have got to take this opportunity with both hands.

“I’m always confident of these girls and although we had some tough times during the Six Nations campaign, this group has a hell of a lot of potential and it’s my responsibility along with the rest of the coaching group to unlock that potential. That potential is what fuels us as we keep finding ways of unlocking the potential and making sure our players are in the best possible position for these two games against Poland and Belgium on day one.”

WRU CEO Steve Phillips, added: “It’s great to see this group of players and management team coming through the other side of COVID with resilience and grit. The pandemic has wreaked havoc with their aspirations but they are now within touching distance of reaching their ultimate goal – qualification for the Commonwealth Games would be just reward for this remarkable group of players.”

Wales Women’s 7s squad for Lisbon

Alisha Butchers (Bristol Bears)

Alex Callender (Worcester Warriors – Capt)

Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury)

Bethan Dainton (Harlequins)

Georgia Evans (Saracens

Bethan Lewis (Gloucester-Hartpury)

Caitlin Lewis (Unattached)

Jade Mullen (Harlequins)

Lisa Neumann (Sale Sharks)

Kayleigh Powell (Bristol Bears)

Shona Powell-Hughes (Gloucester-Hartpury)

Megan Webb (Unattached)

Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury)

Rugby Europe Sevens Championship Series

Pools:

Pool A: Russia, Germany, Romania

Pool B: Poland, Belgium, Wales

Pool C: Scotland, Spain, Portugal

The tournament will be live streamed on Rugby Europe TV

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Blues battle to win over Aberaeron in KO Cup

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HAVERFORDWEST booked their place in the quarter finals of the Pembrokeshire KO Cup, where they will meet Pembroke Dock Harlequins, after beating Aberaeron on Wednesday night (Oct 20).

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, which saw rain batter the Pembroke Road playing surface for much of the game, both sides played an excellent game.

In the end it was the Blues who came out on top with a 44-6 win.

Outside Half Jake Morgan got the Blues rolling early on with a penalty and Rhys Baker then scored the game’s first try to make it 8-0.

Second Row Jack Clancy got his name on the score sheet but the conversion was missed.

Aberaeron then got themselves on the board with a penalty but the Blues were soon back on the attack with Will Blackburn next to go over.

That was converted by Morgan to give the home side a 20-3 lead.

Lewis Tingay and Rhys Baker added further tries for the Blues while Aber added a further penalty as the sides went in at half time with the score reading 30-6.

Early in the second half Tingay added his second try of the night and Morgan added the conversion.

That all but ended any hopes the away side had of getting themselves back in the game and the Blues continued to play despite the pouring rain.

Tingay then completed his hat trick with a try under the posts giving Morgan a simple conversion to make it 44-6.

There was no scoring in the final twenty minutes but the Blues had done the job and booked their place in the last eight.

Their quarter final with the Quins will be played on or before January 22.

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Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s get season up and running

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PEMBROKESHIRE Schools Under 10s played their first game of the new season last Sunday (Oct 17) against a strong OT Academy Squad.

The Pembrokeshire boys played four small sided games, drawing one and losing three. The boys are next in action next month when they hope to play Carmarthenshire Schools.

Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s: Spencer James (Cleddau Reach), Noah Bicknell (Prendergast), Harri Jones (Holy Name), Jamie Cook (Pembroke Dock), Toby Jones (Holy Name), Isaac Jenkins (Narberth), Iori Williams (Narberth), Cai Price (Ysgol Caer Elen), Celt Edwards (Frenni), Joe Davies (Ysgol Glannau Gwaun), Jaden Petrie (Prendergast), Logan Lewis (Pembroke Dock), Zach Loveridge (Waldo Williams), James Burns (Lamphey).

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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The results for the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League for Saturday, October 16 were as follows:

• Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11-1 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Holly Jones

Sapphires Whites 0-19 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Pembroke: Skye Sutton

• Under 14’s:

Chaos Hurricanes 4-20 Sapphires Black

Players player:

Chaos: Bo Davies

Sapphires: Anya Beynon

• Under 16’s:

Chaos Blue 40-7 Pembroke

Players player:

Chaos: Lucy John

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

Sapphires Black 45-12 St David’s

Players player:

Sapphires: Ella Wainwright

St David’s: Skye Bramley

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