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Wales beat England 20-9 in Rugby World Cup warm-up



WALES have beaten England in the opening World Cup warm-up match of the summer, putting on an impressive display in Cardiff.

Led superbly by captain Jac Morgan, Warren Gatland’s men dominated the second half to secure a convincing 20-9 victory over a lackluster England side.

The match began with England taking an early lead through the boot of Marcus Smith, who successfully converted two penalties to give his side a 6-0 advantage. However, Wales quickly responded, showing glimpses of their attacking flair orchestrated by the young fly-half, Sam Costelow.

As the first half unfolded, Wales found themselves level with England, with Leigh Halfpenny adding two successful penalties. Despite Wales’ dominant attacking displays, the first half remained closely contested, leaving the teams tied at 6-6 going into the break.

The second half saw Wales take complete control of the match. Gareth Davies and George North both crossed the try line, showcasing their attacking brilliance and execution. Davies orchestrated a well-worked move, while North displayed his power and speed to score under the posts. Halfpenny, celebrating his 100th cap, was impeccable from the tee, adding ten crucial points with his accurate kicking.

Wales’ back row was particularly impressive, with Jac Morgan leading by example, and Aaron Wainwright causing havoc with his dynamic play. Their combination of flair and physicality put England’s defense under immense pressure.

On the other hand, England struggled to find their rhythm and were plagued by handling errors throughout the match. Their lineout and scrum issues further undermined their efforts to gain a foothold in the game.

While this was very much the appetizer to the World Cup next month, it bodes well for Wales as their summer training camps appear to be paying dividends.

Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach, expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance after the match. Speaking to Amazon Prime, Gatland said, “I was a little bit apprehensive this morning as I wasn’t quite sure how things were going to go. I know the players have been working hard, and I was looking for a performance, and it was a good start today.”

Gatland emphasized that the victory itself was not the primary concern; instead, he was more interested in the team’s performance. He was pleased with the way the players delivered on the field, with some outstanding individual performances.

The Wales head coach praised players like Aaron Wainwright and Jac Morgan for their excellent contributions during the match. He also highlighted the impressive display from the second-row pairing. Gatland acknowledged that there were some issues with the scrums, which needed further clarification.

Young fly-half Sam Costelow’s growth during the game was evident to Gatland, who believes the experience will be valuable for the young player’s development. The new caps in the team were also commended for their performances.

Wales captain Jac Morgan also shared his thoughts on the match during an interview with Amazon Prime. He expressed his delight with the team’s performance, stating, “It was a great day, a great game, we really dug in deep, especially after the training we’ve had over the last couple of weeks.”

Morgan highlighted the team’s unity and hard work, which he believes contributed to their success on the field. He expressed his satisfaction with the result and emphasized the importance of sticking together and executing their game plan.

The Wales captain credited the team’s defensive efforts, praising the work of their coach, Mike Forshaw, in preparing them to be aggressive on defense. He noted their ability to win turnovers and regain possession as a crucial aspect of their game.

Going into halftime, Morgan revealed that the team knew they had more to offer in terms of defensive aggression. They made it a priority to be even more assertive in their defensive efforts during the second half.

Leading the side was an honor for Jac Morgan, but he also acknowledged the presence of multiple leaders within the team. Looking ahead, he acknowledged that there is another game next week, and they will build on their performance and continue working hard as they prepare for upcoming matches.

With this victory, Wales has set a positive tone for their World Cup preparations, and Gatland will be pleased with the strides his team has made in their summer training camps.

Full Time: Wales 20-9 England

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Count down is on for the opening of new venue HANGAR in Milford Haven



MILFORD HAVEN’S entertainment scene has been taken to new heights with the highly anticipated opening of HANGAR! This extraordinary venue promises an unparalleled experience for all attendees, setting a new standard for event spaces in the area.

Located at Thornton Industrial Estate, HANGAR boasts an impressive 5000 square feet of space. Inside, visitors will find a fully stocked bar, catering to their beverage needs, and a remarkable 6-meter by 3-meter LED screen that is guaranteed to leave them mesmerised. The sheer scale and technology of this LED screen make it a one-of-a-kind attraction in Pembrokeshire, setting HANGAR apart from any other venue, but the little things haven’t been forgotten with plenty of heating and seating across the venue.

“Milford Haven is undoubtedly experiencing an upward trajectory, and HANGAR is far more than just an ordinary event space,” said Steve Bartram, Project Co-ordinator and popular local musician. 

“We have really kept the local community in mind, the venue’s location has been meticulously selected to guarantee minimal disruption for residents of the town while ensuring easy accessibility for all visitors to HANGAR from Milford, Neyland, Pembroke and beyond” said Steve

Organisers have expressed to not wait too long to experience this limited-time gem! HANGAR will only host a handful of exclusive events this year, making securing tickets a priority before they disappear!

GRAND OPENING: The Big All-Day FanZone Area + Oktoberfest Extravaganza – Saturday, 7th October

As the Rugby World Cup action continues to heat up, the party at HANGAR keeps going strong! The Fan Zone area will be alive with the vibrant sounds of 

Throughout the day, visitors can catch THREE thrilling home nations rugby games on HANGAR’s spectacular 6 by 3-meter LED video wall, complete with comfortable seating for the ultimate viewing pleasure. Live music performances during half-time breaks will keep the spirit alive and kicking.

Hungry attendees can indulge in authentic German street food served by specialised traders, perfectly complemented by a selection of traditional German beers to enhance the atmosphere.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there! After the rugby matches, Oompah Cymru, Wales’ finest Oompah band will take to the stage promising an unforgettable Oktoberfest experience for all attendees leading lively dancing and crowd participation, creating an atmosphere that Milford Haven won’t forget.

🎟️ Don’t miss out on this event! Secure your tickets now at: or you can pay on the door.



FLAMINGO BINGO – 16th December



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Baby loss remembrance service resumes at Withybush Hospital



THE ANNUAL baby loss remembrance service will return on Thursday 12 October 2023 at St Luke’s Chapel in Withybush hospital in Haverfordwest at 7pm.

The ‘Forget Me Not’ service coincides with Baby Loss Awareness week (9-15 October) and is arranged by Midwifery and Bereavement teams and led by the Spiritual Care Department (Chaplaincy).

The service has long been a source of comfort for parents and families and provides an opportunity for people to reflect and to come together to pay respects and write a message in a safe space.

Euryl Howells, Senior Chaplain at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “This service of remembrance is an important moment for parents and families who have been affected by the very sad experience of babies who have passed away.

“Infant and pregnancy loss is a very lonely grief. This space is a time to gather and remember precious little ones whether the loss was recent or in the more distant past.”

In recognition of Baby Loss Awareness week, Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen and Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth will have pink and blue lights in the Chapel/Quiet Room. The week culminates in a ‘Wave of Light’ on 15 October, which is recognised across the world.

A candle (battery operated) will be lit at 7pm by the Senior Chaplain in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

If you are unable to attend the service and wish to commemorate your loved one, please send a message to [email protected] by Tuesday 10 October 2023

Should you require further information please contact Euryl Howells by telephone or email 01267 227563 or [email protected]

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Councillors elected to Haverfordwest Town Council



The declaration of results for by-elections to two Haverfordwest Town Council Wards
are available on the Pembrokeshire County Council website.

The elections to the Priory and Portfield Wards took place on September 19 th , 2023.

Cllr Peter Lewis and Cllr Tasha Jones were elected to the Priory Ward and Cllr Roy
Thomas to the Portfield Ward.

Returning Officer Will Bramble made the declaration of results at the Picton Centre,
Haverfordwest, following the closure of polls and counting.

The full declarations are available on the election results page of the Council’s

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