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Haverfordwest Coach Justin Mountstevens says team confident despite first loss

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An outstanding start to the season for the Blues so far this season, who were unbeaten until the trip to Aberaeron last weekend. As the biggest town in the county, Haverfordwest are expected to compete at a higher level than division three however it’s been a while since they have done. Could this be the year that it changes, so far signs are very promising.

Our Herald Sports Team spoke to Haverfordwest coach Justin Mountstevens to get his take on the season so far.

Herald – ‘A great start to the season for you so far, you as a coaching team must be happy with how it’s going?’

Justin – ‘We are very happy how things have gone so far after a rocky start. But we recognise there is always room for improvement and as coaching team we strive to raise the levels each week.’

Herald – ‘A first loss for the group last weekend how would you reflect on that?’

Justin – ‘As a group we were disappointed with loss at Aberaeron after a good win in Cardigan two weeks prior, we felt before the game that we were capable of coming away with a win. Aberaeron is a difficult place to go as the elements are always a challenge, we didn’t take our chances and gave too many penalties away. All of which we can rectify for not only the return fixture but the remainder of the season.’

Herald – ‘ Who would you identify as your biggest challengers for promotion this year?’

Justin – ‘Cardigan, Laugharne and Aberaeron will be the main challengers for promotion this season but you can never write off the likes of Pembroke or Neyland who always offer a stern challenge.’

Herald – ‘As a squad what would you say your biggest strengths are?’

Justin – ‘Our biggest strengths this season are our fitness levels, defence and we also have a powerful scrum which most teams find difficult to deal with. Having said that our back line is improving each week and beginning to gel nicely with a hunger for running attacking rugby.’

Herald – ‘Which of your players have stood out so far this season?’

Justin – ‘Michael Griffiths and Matty Phillips have been outstanding for us so far this season, with young Iestyn Arnold, Jack Evans, Owain Roberts and Scott Candler performing well each week. Captain Karl Busch and the front row as a unit have also performed week in out to date. There are also others in the squad who are raising their levels each week. I don’t want to say too much otherwise Narberth scouts will be circling again!’

Herald – ‘Finally what are your goals for the rest of this season and beyond?’ Justin – ‘Our goals for the remainder of the season are to remain unbeaten if possible (a big call, high level to maintain and we don’t want to come across as being overly confident but you have to set standards) and to ultimately win the league, gain promotion and continually improve as a squad.’

A very good insight into the Haverfordwest camp there from Justin, as they prepare to face struggling Pembroke this coming Saturday.

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Wales international Johnny Williams signs new Scarlets contract

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THE SCARLETS said this week that they are delighted to announce that Wales international centre Johnny Williams has signed a new contract with the club.

The 27-year-old joined the Scarlets from Newcastle Falcons in 2020 and after just four appearances earned his first Wales cap, against Georgia in Llanelli.

A powerful-carrying presence in the Scarlets midfield, he has since made 46 appearances, scoring six tries, including a memorable interception in last season’s Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Clermont Auvergne.

He has won seven caps for Wales, featuring at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “Johnny has been a key member of the side in recent years. He’s a player who is a dynamic carrier, is physical with and without the ball, has a good skill set and has an impact on every game he’s involved in.

“He is an important cog in how we look to play and it’s fantastic that he has agreed a new contract with the club. I know the fans will be thrilled with this news and, along with the likes of Eddie James, Joe Roberts and with Macs Page coming through, we have a lot of talent in that midfield pool for the coming years.”

Johnny Williams said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. It has been a frustrating season in terms of results, but I am excited by the potential of the squad we are putting together.

“A lot of young boys have put their hands up and we showed during the final few games of the season the kind of rugby we can produce.

“Pre-season will be around before we know it and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in, ready for a big start to next season.”

Johnny is the latest player to recommit to the Scarlets ahead of the 2024-25 campaign, following Tonga lock Sam Lousi, Wales internationals Tom Rogers and Harri O’Connor and back-rowers Dan Davis and Ben Williams.

Scarlets have also strengthened their squad with the addition of hooker Marnus van der Merwe (Toyota Cheetahs), prop Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), full-back Ellis Mee (Nottingham), lock Max Douglas (Toyota Canon Eagles), Wales international prop Henry Thomas (Castres Olympique) and back-three player Blair Murray (Canterbury).

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Osasuna welcomes Haverfordwest County A.F.C.

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THE PRESIDENT of Haverfordwest County AFC, Rob Edwards, visited the Navarrese club to learn more about the work the Club is doing on and off the field

Pamplona (Wednesday, June 19, 2024) – Club Atlético Osasuna welcomed Haverfordwest County A.F.C. president Rob Edwards this morning. During his visit, the president of the Cymru Premier team, the top tier of Welsh football, met with Rojillo president Luis Sabalza to talk about the work Osasuna is doing on and off the field. Later, he visited the Tajonar Sports Complex to learn more about the job done at the academy level. Today’s meeting was the Union of European Clubs Board members’ first meeting.

For the president of the Navarrese club, this type of encounter is essential as it showcases the growth Osasuna is having at a global level. “I think it is crucial because, recently, it seemed as if Osasuna only had relevance in our region and our community. However, Osasuna has gained worldwide notoriety through the Spanish Supercup and the Conference League. It has brought us a ton of joy that many clubs and executives want to come to know Osasuna and the work we do on and off the field and with our academy because it shows that we are not only doing good; we are doing great. Our goal is to make Osasuna known worldwide,” Sabalza said.

Haverfordwest County A.F.C. sees Osasuna as a model club for growth. “We are a small club, and we are looking to grow on and off the pitch, as well as our infrastructure, fan engagement, and community reach. It is always fascinating how bigger clubs can fix these problems… The objectives and solutions are very similar despite the size of the club compared to ours. Many clubs outside the elite European group will have the same challenges. It is great to understand how they overcome them and how they continue to grow and develop,” Edwards mentioned.

It is not only Osasuna’s front office work that caught the attention of the Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman but also the club’s work at the academy level. Edwards visited the Tajonar Sports Complex to learn more about the academy. While in Tajonar, he met with Tajonar director Ángel Alcalde and Tajonar technical director Patxi Puñal, who presented him with ‘Método Tajonar,’ the academy’s work method.

“[Osasuna and Haverfordwest County] share the same ethos of bringing through young players to the first team and giving young players a pathway into a career in football. I think the mindset of a club like Osasuna and what we are trying to achieve in Wales at our club is very similar. It’s been really interesting to come and understand how you work with the local community and how you engage to fill up the stadium and create such an amazing atmosphere,” Edwards highlighted.

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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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