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Grand Slam dreams: Is Ireland set to extend winning streak against Wales?

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DUBLIN’S Aviva Stadium prepares to host a pivotal clash in the third round of the Six Nations Championship this Saturday, as Ireland looks to continue their Grand Slam quest against a struggling Welsh side. With kickoff scheduled for 2:15pm GMT, fans are gearing up for what promises to be a thrilling encounter in one of rugby’s most storied competitions.

Warren Gatland’s return to the Welsh fold brought a semblance of stability following a turbulent period, marked by a commendable World Cup performance. However, the Dragons face a daunting challenge in Dublin, arriving with an inexperienced squad and a record of two defeats from their opening Six Nations fixtures. In stark contrast, Andy Farrell’s Ireland is riding high on confidence, having bounced back from a World Cup quarter-final disappointment to lay down early markers in this year’s championship.

Ireland’s campaign kicked off with an impressive victory over France, followed by a resounding 36-0 win against Italy, positioning them at the top of the Six Nations table. The quest for another Grand Slam is well and truly alive, with the Welsh side the next hurdle in their path.

Pundits have weighed in with their predictions, reflecting the uphill battle Wales faces. Josh Graham expects Ireland to secure a victory by 11 points, acknowledging the Welsh resilience but doubting their ability to thwart the Irish momentum. Eddie McAteer foresees a more comfortable win for Ireland by 18 points, citing the team’s formidable form and cohesiveness. Similarly, Alan Pearey predicts a 14-point margin, underlining the gulf in class between the two sides this year.

Ireland not only aims for consecutive Grand Slams but also has its sights set on an unprecedented Six Nations feat – amassing a maximum of 28 points through five bonus-point victories and additional points for a clean sweep. With 26 points achieved in their 2018 Grand Slam year and 27 points last year, the ambition for a perfect scoreline adds an extra layer of excitement to their campaign.

The match will be broadcast live on ITV 1 in the UK, allowing fans across the nation and beyond to partake in the action from the iconic Aviva Stadium, which boasts a capacity of 51,711 spectators.

Historical head-to-head results between the two teams highlight Ireland’s recent dominance, with victories in the last four Six Nations encounters, including a significant 34-10 win in Cardiff last year. Team news reveals a strong lineup for Ireland, featuring key players such as Ciaran Frawley, Robbie Henshaw, and Josh van der Flier. Wales, captained by Dafydd Jenkins, fields a mix of experience and youth, with George North and Aaron Wainwright among the notable names.

As the Six Nations progresses, this clash between Ireland and Wales is set to be more than just a game – it’s a testament to the resilience, talent, and aspirations of two proud rugby nations. With Grand Slam dreams and national pride at stake, Saturday promises to deliver a spectacle that rugby fans will not want to miss.

Kick-off time 2:15pm GMT – Saturday 24 February. Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Capacity: 51,711

Ireland v Wales head-to-head results

2023 Six Nations: Wales 10-34 Ireland

2022 Six Nations: Ireland 29-7 Wales

2021 Six Nations: Wales 21-16 Ireland

2020 Six Nations: Ireland 24-14 Wales

2019 Six Nations: Wales 25-7 Ireland

Ireland v Wales team news

IRELAND Ciaran Frawley; Calvin Nash, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Jack Crowley, Jamison Gibson-Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Joe McCarthy, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony (capt), Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris. Replacements 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Oli Jager, 19 James Ryan, 20 Ryan Baird, 21 Jack Conan, 22 Conor Murray, 23 Stuart McCloskey.

WALES Cameron Winnett; Josh Adams, George North, Nick Tompkins, Rio Dyer; Sam Costelow, Tomos Williams; Gareth Thomas, Elliot Dee, Keiron Assiratti, Dafydd Jenkins (capt), Adam Beard, Alex Mann, Tommy Reffell, Aaron Wainwright. Replacements 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Will Rowlands, 20 Mackenzie Martin, 21 Keiran Hardy, 22 Ioan Lloyd, 23 Mason Grady.

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Pembrokeshire stands against Israeli apartheid and Genocide

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PALESTINE solidarity groups in Pembrokeshire and West Wales are mobilising for a powerful protest in Haverfordwest, Castle Square, this Saturday 20th April at 2pm. They aim to vehemently condemn the relentless Israeli onslaught on Gaza and send a clear message to the UK government and local MPs Simon Hart and Stephen Crabb: End the complicity now! We demand an immediate ceasefire and an end to arms sales that fuel this brutal oppression.

The Nakba, or ‘catastrophe’ in Arabic, refers to the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Israeli forces, following the forcible displacement of 750,000 Palestinians (almost half the population) in 1947-49 in order to establish the state of Israel. Israel’s current assault on Gaza is an escalation of the ongoing Nakba and threatens to be the largest mass expulsion of Palestinians since 1948. The international community has an immediate responsibility to intervene to stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing today. Any delay in implementing practical measures constitutes complicity and/or participation in the ongoing Nakba.

This rally is a collective outcry against the crimes perpetrated by Israel and a rallying cry for the boycott of Israeli products.

“It’s sickeningly hypocritical that Israel strikes nations and communities first, claims victimhood when faced with resistance, and then receives unwavering support from the U.S., the UK, and Germany!” lamented one protester.

“For too long, the international community has turned a blind eye to Israel’s flagrant violations of human rights, granting it impunity while innocent lives are lost.”

“Six months of relentless violence. Six months of Israel slaughtering innocent Palestinians. Six months of Israel killing over 14,000 children! That’s an average of around 76 children a day and what has our government done? Profited from arms sales, turning a blind eye to the bloodshed,” remarked another protester.

This protest is a clarion call to all who stand for justice: It’s time to disrupt the status quo and challenge our complicit government. “We will never give up,” declared a participant. “To dismantle apartheid, we must disrupt the everyday and refuse to be complicit in Israel’s crimes against humanity!”

Join us at Castle Square at 2pm this Saturday to lend your voice to the 2 million people who suffer from a forced famine and brutal occupation in Gaza. Together, we will demand justice, accountability, and an immediate end to the bloodshed, the genocide and ethnic cleansing.

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Dragon LNG ‘monitoring’ scrap car blaze in Waterston

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A BLAZE has broken out at the Waterston Car Dismantler’s business in Waterston, Milford Haven.

Dragon LNG which is situated near the site said that the fire was not related to their operation and confirmed that the that emergency services were at the scene.

Residents living nearby have been advised to keep windows and doors closed whilst the incident is being dealt with.

“We are aware of a fire in Waterston with the emergency services present,” said a spokesperson for Dragon LNG.

“The incident is not related to Dragon LNG and Dragon Energy. We are monitoring the situation and are co-ordinating with the emergency services.”

(Images: M Cavaney/Herald)

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Oxfam to close Haverfordwest shop amid asbestos concerns

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OXFAMGreat Britain is set to shutter its profitable store in Haverfordwest, which currently brings in £25,000 annually, due to unforeseen costs related to asbestos removal. The closure date remains undecided, leaving managers Derrick and Mark uncertain about the future. A major sale is planned to clear out stock, starting with a 50% discount on donated items before escalating to a fire sale.

The charity has faced longstanding issues with asbestos in the building’s upper floors, which now require £60,000+ in removal costs. This expense will be charged to the shop’s account within a year, rendering the operation financially unviable. Although aware of the asbestos for years, Oxfam GB’s management has continually deferred addressing the problem. Alternatives such as relocating have been dismissed by the charity, citing that finding new premises would take two years and the renovation costs would still need coverage in the interim.

The Haverfordwest shop is a vital community hub, known for its extensive range of quality second-hand books, music, clothes, and homewares. It is also the largest second-hand bookshop in Pembrokeshire. The store is celebrated for its inviting atmosphere and the significant social value it provides, offering volunteering opportunities and work experience placements that often lead to employment.

Despite the shop’s profitability and community role, Oxfam GB’s decision comes as a blow to local efforts to combat poverty. Sarah Rees, Head of Oxfam Cymru, has previously highlighted the region’s “shameful and stubbornly high poverty rate.” The shop not only supports Oxfam’s global initiatives but also directly contributes to alleviating local poverty.

The decision has sparked controversy among volunteers and the community, with many questioning Oxfam’s commitment to its stated mission. Rosamund Aubrey, a volunteer, expressed her disappointment and stated she would reconsider her support for the organization due to this decision.

The forthcoming closure marks a significant loss for Haverfordwest, leaving both staff and the community awaiting further updates from Oxfam GB.

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