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Rob Evans returns to Haverfordwest after professional retirement

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FORMER Welsh international and Grand Slam prop, Rob Evans, is making a nostalgic comeback to his hometown club, Haverfordwest. The 31-year-old, with a notable 39 caps for Wales under his belt, has joined from the Dragons following his retirement from professional rugby.

Over a span of nine seasons from 2011, Evans impressed with 151 appearances for The Scarlets. At a commanding nineteen stone, the loosehead prop has swiftly commenced training with his new teammates at Pembroke Road. The addition of such a player is indeed a masterstroke for The Blues, who are presently under the stewardship of Coach Randal Evans – recently returned from a stint at Narberth.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Rob stated, “Joining the Blues feels like a homecoming. I’m eager to give back to the town and, on a larger scale, to community rugby. It’s an opportunity to appreciate those who guided me at the dawn of my career. Under Randal’s vision, I foresee a brilliant journey ahead.”

In echoing the sentiment, Coach Evans remarked, “To have a player of Rob’s stature is an honour. His zeal and commitment align perfectly with our ambitions. We anticipate great achievements at Haverfordwest.”

Beyond his national cap, Evans was also a formidable part of the Wales U20s team that clinched third place in the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa. He shared the front row with fellow Scarlets, Kirby Myhill and Samson Lee. Evans made a memorable senior international debut against Ireland in the 2015 Six Nations Championship. His agility and deft handling skills became a hallmark of Warren Gatland’s team. He was a key player in the 2019 Grand Slam, with his last cap in March 2020 against England.

The Evans family holds deep-rooted ties with the Division Three West side. Both his father, Graham, and uncle, Richard, achieved honors with The Blues in their heydays of the 70s & 80s.

With the upcoming Division Three West A season opener at home against Neyland on September 2, Haverfordwest is abuzz with anticipation. The club is optimistic that their new star acquisition will invigorate the fan base.

Club Secretary Graham Dalton expressed, “Rob embodies the club’s spirit with his illustrious past. He’s poised to inspire the next generation. The atmosphere is electric.”

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Haverfordwest County officials to visit Atlético Osasuna for strategic discussions

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NEXT week, Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman Robb Edwards and COO Beccy Nuttall will travel to Spain to visit Club Atlético Osasuna. During their visit, they will engage in high-level discussions with Osasuna’s upper management, focusing on community and fan engagement strategies.

In April, both Haverfordwest County A.F.C. and Club Atlético Osasuna were appointed to the Executive Board of the Union of European Clubs (UEC), an international organisation established in April 2023. The UEC was founded to provide a voice to the 92% of professional football clubs that often go unheard. The Union aims to democratise decision-making processes in European football, ensuring that each club has a vote and that the destiny of the sport is not determined solely by the wealthiest clubs on the continent.

“We look forward to this meeting with Osasuna and hope our collaboration with other clubs continues to grow,” said Edwards. The upcoming visit underscores the commitment of both clubs to fostering stronger ties and working collaboratively to shape the future of European football.

The discussions will likely cover a range of topics, from enhancing fan experiences to developing community outreach programmes, reflecting the shared values and objectives of both clubs within the UEC framework.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event

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CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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