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What TV channel is England v Wales on? Kick off time & live stream – Radio Times

What TV channel is England v Wales on? Kick off time & live stream – Radio Times
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Toni Kroos addresses ‘unsatisfactory’ Gareth Bale situation at Real Madrid

Bale is an outcast at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Toni Kroos admitted Gareth Bale’s situation at Real Madrid is ‘unsatisfactory’ for everyone. Bale …

Toni Kroos addresses ‘unsatisfactory’ Gareth Bale situation at Real Madrid

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Introbiz online networking event with Welsh Rugby Legend, Jonathan “Jiffy” Davies • #Introbiz #WelshBiz #WelshEvents

July 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Join us for an Introbiz Online Networking Webinar Event, on Wednesday, 1st of July, from 4:00-6:00PM

Jonathan Davies is a former Welsh rugby player who played in the 1980s and 1990s and represented Wales in both rugby union and rugby league. He was named player of the 1993–94 season, winning the RFL’s Man of Steel Award.

Since retiring from rugby, Davies has worked in the media as a commentator and pundit in both codes, mainly for the BBC in both the English and Welsh languages. Since 2004 Davies has hosted his own rugby themed chatshow, Jonathan, on S4C. Davies was also the President of Super League side Crusaders until 2009. In 2015 Davies was awarded the OBE for his charitable services to people with cancer through his role as president of Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre, where he has raised over £10 million!

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Nigel Owens’ column: It may be time for summer rugby but it won’t work for the amateur game – #WelshSportsNews

World Rugby’s attempts to bring about a globally-aligned season goes to a crucial vote on June 30.

One proposal would see the northern hemisphere move on to a calendar-year campaign, beginning in January and continuing through to November, with the July international window moving to October.

What everybody needs to do now over the next few days is take a step back, put their vested and personal interests aside to make sure we move forward with the right decision for the global game.

Everybody involved in the game must make the decision not just for their country, their union, competition or club. They must do it for the benefit of the whole game, as it will have a knock-on effect from the very top all the way down to the grassroots community game.

— Read more on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/nigel-owens-column-time-summer-18498413.amp

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Wales’ new first-choice centre partnership is obvious and it could be one of the best yet – #WelshSportsNews

If Cory Hill joining the Cardiff Blues was the worst-kept secret in Welsh rugby, then Nick Tompkins heading on loan to the Dragons was probably the second.

It was widely known that the breakthrough star of the Six Nations would be swapping life in London for a year at Rodney Parade while Saracens spend their weekends facing the likes of Jersey in the Championship.

Now, how much time Tompkins spends in a Dragons jersey during his time in Gwent remains to be seen. When rugby returns, there’s likely to be a fair bit of Test rugby to be played.

While that might not favour the Dragons in their use of Tompkins, for the man himself, it’ll be another chance to set out his stall on the international stage.
— Read on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/wales-new-first-choice-centre-18493871.amp

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Welsh rugby star Owen Williams walks away from Wales career as he announces move to Japan -#WelshSportsNews

Owen Williams has signed for Japanese club NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes, making him ineligible to play for Wales.

The three-times capped utility back is heading for the Osaka-based outfit after a three-year stay with Gloucester.

He will be linking up once more with South African coach Johan Ackermann, who left the Cherry & Whites to take charge of the Red Hurricanes last month.

Both the Ospreys and the Dragons had been keen on bringing the 28-year-old former Scarlets playmaker back to Wales.
— Read on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/welsh-rugby-star-owen-williams-18491850.amp

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Ex All Black names the best Wales rugby players in the current team and the one he wishes he’d played with -#WelshSportsNews

Cardiff Blues legend Xavier Rush has revealed the current Welsh player he’d have loved to play alongside most, as well as the best player he played with during his time in Wales.

The former All Black No. 8 was speaking on WalesOnline’s Welsh Rugby Podcast when he was asked about the current Wales stars that have caught his eye.

“There’s a few,” explained Rush.

“If I look at some of the players there currently, Gareth Davies has had a wonderful 24 months.

“If any team had Alun Wyn Jones in their tight five, it’s a big plus for them.

“It will be nice to see Taulupe Faletau back to his best. He’s a real inspirational player and has talent only a few are blessed with.

“Justin Tipuric has had a great 12 months since Sam (Warburton) retired. He’s played fabulous rugby.
— Read on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/ex-black-names-best-wales-18481818.amp

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Nightclub bouncer, actor, Fantasy Premier League master – Where are Liverpool’s league title winners from 1990 now?

Nightclub bouncer, actor, Fantasy Premier League master – Where are Liverpool’s league title winners from 1990 now?
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Boost for Sport, as UK Government relaxes quarantine rules for elite sport…

Boost for Silverstone and Champions League teams with government to relax quarantine rules for elite sport

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The morning headlines as powerbrokers deliver verdict on World Cup-style tournament and Welsh rugby favourite makes kind gesture – Wales Online

The morning headlines as powerbrokers deliver verdict on World Cup-style tournament and Welsh rugby favourite makes kind gesture – Wales Online
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Guinness PRO14 boss lifts lid on multi-million pound deal, British & Irish League and how this season will end – Wales Online

The PRO14 recently secured a £125 million investment from CVC

— Read on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/guinness-pro14-boss-lifts-lid-18313859

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How the Welsh Regions are shaping up for next seasons Pro14 season…

Some quality signings and the return to fitness of big names could produce scintillating rugby for Cardiff Blues, Ospreys, Scarlets and Dragons supporters next season in Europe and the Guinness PRO14

Nick Tompkins was excellent for Wales

Nick Tompkins could soon be bringing his excellent Wales form to Cardiff Blues(Image: Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency)

Welsh rugby fans don’t know when their favourite sport will return but there’s plenty to excite them about next season.

Some super signings have been made by the regions and other captures, like new Wales star Nick Tompkins, are being heavily touted.

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The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital

Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago

BY BEN JAMES

(Image: Princess of Wales Hospital)

These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago.

The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases.

Speaking about the makeshift field hospital, Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the response to the challenge of COVID19. The response continues to be amazing.

“The WRU and Leekes have kindly let us use their facilities, which is greatly welcomed as rapid work takes place to increase available staff, beds and equipment. The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

“The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months. It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

“As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.”

Stephen Leeke, Managing Director of the Vale Resort, said: “As a proud Welsh family business, and key player in the local community, we are really keen to step up to the plate and do what we can to assist Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB in providing additional capacity during this time of national crisis.

“This has included working with the WRU to allow 290 additional beds to be set up our indoor training arena.

The huge Principality Stadium event still scheduled to go ahead next month despite the venue being turned into a hospital

“Everybody – from businesses to individuals – has a responsibility to play their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the NHS, who is doing an incredible job under enormous pressure and extremely difficult circumstances.”

Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said: “We’ve worked with Leekes in partnership for many years at the National Centre of Excellence. We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.”

Last week, the WRU have also made the Principality Stadium available to be turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital – with work currently ongoing to complete that transformation.

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The Welsh Rugby Teams base is being transformed into a Field Hospital to help deal with Coronavirus #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Pictures show dramatic transformation of Welsh rugby team’s base into field hospital

Work on the WRU’s National Centre of Excellence started just a few days ago

BY BEN JAMES

(Image: Princess of Wales Hospital)

These are the pictures that show how the Welsh rugby team’s base is rapidly being transformed into a field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Work started on turning the Welsh rugby team’s inside training pitches a few days ago.

The makeshift hospital at the Vale Resort will provide 290 additional beds as the numbers of people with COVID19 increases.

Speaking about the makeshift field hospital, Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO for Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the response to the challenge of COVID19. The response continues to be amazing.

“The WRU and Leekes have kindly let us use their facilities, which is greatly welcomed as rapid work takes place to increase available staff, beds and equipment. The support of the military and local authorities is just so vital in transforming the spaces and making the changes happen.

“The field hospitals will be vitally important in providing care to patients and communities in the coming weeks and months. It is an inspiring example of organisations working collaboratively to provide urgent new environments to respond to COVID19.

“As this work progresses, some patients will receive their care in a different location to their usual hospital to reduce the level of risk of exposure to COVID19. We remain very grateful to our patients and wider community for their support and understanding at this time.”

Stephen Leeke, Managing Director of the Vale Resort, said: “As a proud Welsh family business, and key player in the local community, we are really keen to step up to the plate and do what we can to assist Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB in providing additional capacity during this time of national crisis.

“This has included working with the WRU to allow 290 additional beds to be set up our indoor training arena.

The huge Principality Stadium event still scheduled to go ahead next month despite the venue being turned into a hospital

“Everybody – from businesses to individuals – has a responsibility to play their part in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support the NHS, who is doing an incredible job under enormous pressure and extremely difficult circumstances.”

Martyn Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said: “We’ve worked with Leekes in partnership for many years at the National Centre of Excellence. We’re more than happy for the facilities there to be used by the Health Board at this challenging time and to support the wider communities of Wales.”

Last week, the WRU have also made the Principality Stadium available to be turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital – with work currently ongoing to complete that transformation.

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The Wales Team that could face Scotland when the Six Nations resumes…

The very different and stronger-looking Wales XV that could face Scotland when Six Nations clash is rescheduled (According to Wales Online):

Certain Wales players may be fit again, while others could be unavailable if the clash takes place in October like its expected too.

Gareth Anscombe is amongst the players who could be back for Wales:

In these uncertain times, with rugby and sport generally pretty much in hibernation because of the Covid-19 emergency, it’s hard to look much beyond next week let alone seven months ahead.

But all will hope the nasty little bug will be seen off in the coming months.

If it is, and the Six Nations is able to resume, then the next challenge will be to find suitable dates for the four postponed matches.

October 31 has been mooted as a potential option for the three round-five matches, namely France v Ireland, Italy v England, and Wales v Scotland. A weekend also would have to be found for the Ireland v Italy match that was also called off.

The problem is that October isn’t an international-window month, meaning clubs would not have to release players.

Could special dispensation be arranged given that the matches are Six Nations fixtures?

We do not know, with all of us operating in uncharted waters.

But the way things stand, neither Wales nor Scotland would be able to choose their England-based players.

What team would Wayne Pivac be able to field, then?

Here’s our best guess…

15. Liam Williams

Liam Williams eased his way back into Test rugby against England.

It’s set to be a straight choice between Williams and Leigh Halfpenny for the No. 15 shirt. If the 2020-21 season starts on time, Williams will have had opportunities to move back up the gears and the assumption is he’ll be back to his exceptional best. It’s very much a flick-of-a-coin call, mind, with Halfpenny having beaten off threats to his position before.

14. George North

Let’s assume the big man makes his determined and gutsy performance against England at Twickenham his default setting. If that happens, the No. 14 jersey will surely stay with him.

13. Jonathan Davies

Back in November, there was a suggestion Wales’ number one centre would be sidelined for six months after knee surgery. Predicting how long it will take for any injury to clear up isn’t a precise science, but the hope will be that master midfield organiser is playing again by the autumn.

12. Nick Tompkins

Let’s take a punt and say Tompkins will have hooked up to a Welsh region by the time the new season starts, with Cardiff Blues said to be the favourites. If he has and he’s available for any Wales game in October, the likelihood is he will switch to inside centre, where he has played with impressive effect for Saracens. If such a move doesn’t happen, it will be Hadleigh Parkes wearing the shirt — or Owen Watkin, depending on whether Wayne Pivac is in live-for-today mode or looking to tomorrow.

11. Josh Adams

He makes try-scoring look easy and, within three months, he’ll be recovered from the ankle injury he picked up in this Six Nations. He starts.

10. Gareth Anscombe

Gareth Anscombe is helped off the field after sustaining a serious knee injury while playing for Wales against England at Twickenham

Dan Biggar has had a strong Six Nations, so if he’s available Wayne Pivac will have a difficult call. But, as things stand, the  Northampton-based player would be beyond Pivac’s reach for October.

Jarrod Evans and Sam Davies are in the mix, but if Gareth Anscombe is fit and ready after his long-haul recovery from knee surgery, with his leadership and self-belief, he’d likely be first in line.

9. Rhys Webb

He’ll be frustrated after working his way back to the front of the queue with a strong performance off the bench against England. But the man has unshakeable confidence and that counts for a lot at any level of sport. It’s for others to catch up with him now.

1. Wyn Jones

Not too much to see here. Jones was picked to face Scotland for last Saturday and, assuming his form holds up, the squat, hard-working Scarlet would be fancied to get the nod again.

2. Ken Owens

He’ll blow out 34 candles on his birthday cake come January and there are some who’ve already questioned how much time he has left at Test level. But change for the sake of change is a course past Wales coaches have pursued with sometimes disastrous results. Before saying goodbye to Owens — and everybody has a sell-by date — Pivac will know another No. 2 needs to prove himself better. That hasn’t happened yet, not by a long chalk.

3. Dillon Lewis

Tomas Francis and WillGriff John are likely to be off limits to Wales in October as they play for English clubs. Samson Lee seems to have vanished from the international radar, with injuries not helping, so it could be another chance for Lewis to wear the jersey.  

4. Cory Hill

Like Rhys Webb, the Dragon will be frustrated after working his way back to prominence only to see his scheduled return to the starting line-up take a direct hit. Like Webb, he’s a character who’ll want to keep his foot pressed to the metal, though.

Jake Ball should be available but Hill is tireless on the pitch and the previous Wales regime enjoyed his capacity for hard graft. Adam Beard doesn’t seem to be pressing the right buttons in the eyes of the current coaches. Hill appears out in front.

5. Alun Wyn Jones

It’s a Lions year and Wales’ captain will want a big campaign to stake a claim.

He will also want to put behind him the absurd criticism that’s come his way over the Joe Marler affair. Marler may be ‘a joker and people love him for it’, as England international Mike Brown claimed, but even that’s open to question and, for sure, grabbing a fellow player’s private parts isn’t the wittiest move ever.

In sum, the prop appeared to be trying to force a reaction out of Jones but it didn’t happen and he’ll have 10 weeks to reflect on his actions. Having a go at Jones for his press-conference response to a clearly offensive act isn’t Brown’s finest hour, either.

Anyway, time heals and come the autumn the Wales lock will be keen to kick on. He’ll be 35 in September, but no Welsh rival is yet near him.

6. Ross Moriarty

Will he still be playing in Wales next season? Uncertainty mounts the longer it takes to resolve his contract situation. There’s appears to be an issue over his valuation by the Welsh rugby panel that’s dealt with his case and it’s taking worryingly long to deal with to the satisfaction of all concerned. The Dragons want Moriarty to stay and, apparently, he’s not averse to sticking around and doing his bit under Dean Ryan.  But there’s been no announcement and English and French clubs are watching closely.

Taulupe Faletau won’t be available for an October Test as he plays over the border. If Moriarty’s still in Wales, he’ll be favourite to feature. If not, Aaron Shingler or Aaron Wainwright would likely step up.

7. Justin Tipuric

Justin Tipuric runs in his team’s first try against England.

He’s had a outstanding Six Nations and will be there or thereabouts to be named Welsh rugby’s player of the year. Like a top batsman, he seems to take a fresh guard each season and not content himself with anything but excellence. Wales are lucky to have him.

8. Josh Navidi

His performance against England, after so little rugby over the previous four months, was something else.

Close on three years ago, after New Zealand had defeated Wales in Cardiff, Steve Hansen had enquired of Warren Gatland: “Where did you get the kid with the dreadlocks from?”

Navidi became a Gatland favourite, with the then Wales coach valuing his grit, his selflessness and appetite for unglamorous work.

He still has those qualities.

And he’ll still have them next season.

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Gavin Henson keeping spirits up in Wales…

The former Wales rugby star has done his bit to keep spirits high in what are difficult times.

Gavin Henson delivers pints of beer to a local:

Gavin Henson recently hit the headlines after it was announced that he and his wife had opened up a new restaurant.

The former Wales international and his partner Katie are the new proud owners of The Fox in St Brides Major in the Vale of Glamorgan.

But as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, it is one of many thousands of businesses set to feel the pinch in the coming weeks and months.

However, the current pandemic has not stopped Henson from winning the hearts of his new locals.

With the government calling on pubs and restaurants to close after Friday in a bid to contain the Covid-19 spread, Henson’s former region Ospreys revealed they were donating £58,000 worth of kit to cash-strapped clubs in the local area after it was confirmed that the 2019/20 season had been cancelled.

And Henson made a typically brilliant goodwill gesture of his own by personally delivering pints of beer from his new pub.

Writing on Twitter, NHS worker Richard Johnson revealed details of the delivery.

He said: “Thanks to @KatieHenson89 and @gavinhenson82 from @TheFoxStBridesM for the takeaway service tonight.

“Avoiding the crowds #socialresponsibility #FlattenTheCurve #supportthenhs #supportsmallbusiness.”

And Henson duly responded via his official Twitter account.

He said: “No problem doc! Sorry about the spillage, I blame the cattle grid! Enjoy.”

The stone pub has undergone a complete overhaul since being purchased by the former Wales rugby international.

It reopened in February and has a restaurant that offers fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere as well as a bar area where locals can watch the biggest sporting events on a large screen.

Business may be limited for the foreseeable future, but Henson is still proving why he is loved so much by so many.

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Stats from Office for National Statistics on Family spending from April 2018 to March 2019…

Family spending in the UK: April 2018 to March 2019

Main points

• Average weekly household spending in the UK was £585.60 in the financial year ending (FYE) 2019, a similar level to two years ago (£582.40), after adjusting for inflation.

• Transport, housing and recreation and culture were the largest components of household spending, together accounting for 44% of total household expenditure.

• Average weekly spending rose by 9.1% between 2012 and FYE 2019, with recreation and culture accounting for the largest share of this increase, up from £66.20 to £76.90 a week, followed by household goods and services and transport.

• Spending on food and housing make up 42% of total expenditure for households at the bottom decile of the income distribution, compared with 26% for those in the richest 10%.

• Households in the top income decile spend five times as much on recreation and culture than those in the bottom decile and proportionately more of their total spending is in this category –14% compared with 10%.

Go to the ONS release or read on here for the release:

Average weekly household expenditure on goods and services in the UK, by region, age, income, economic status, socio-economic class and household composition.

Publications

  • Family spending workbook 3: expenditure by region

  • Data are shown by region, age, income (including equivalised) group (deciles and quintiles), economic status, socio-economic class, housing tenure, output area classification, urban and rural areas (Great Britain only), place of purchase and household composition.

  • Definition of household expenditure

  • Provides a detailed breakdown on the definition of household expenditure

  • Family spending workbook 1: detailed expenditure and trends

  • Detailed breakdown of average weekly household expenditure on goods and services in the UK. Data are shown by place of purchase, income group (deciles) and age of household reference person.

  • Family spending workbook 4: expenditure by household characteristic

  • Data are shown by region, age, income (including equivalised) group (deciles and quintiles), economic status, socio-economic class, housing tenure, output area classification, urban and rural areas (Great Britain only), place of purchase and household composition.

  • Family spending workbook 5: expenditure on housing

  • Data are shown by region, age, income (including equivalised) group (deciles and quintiles), economic status, socio-economic class, housing tenure, output area classification, urban and rural areas (Great Britain only), place of purchase and household composition.

  • Family spending workbook 2: expenditure by income

  • Data are shown by region, age, income (including equivalised) group (deciles and quintiles), economic status, socio-economic class, housing tenure, output area classification, urban and rural areas (Great Britain only), place of purchase and household composition.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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2020 Bryn Meadows Caerphilly 10K postponed due to Coronavirus…

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The 2020 Bryn Meadows Caerphilly 10K has been postponed

The health and wellbeing of the community is paramount, therefore CCBC have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak, aligning our response to the Public Health Wales guidelines, whilst making preparations for any upcoming events.

In line with recent decisions from high profile sporting events such as the London Marathon, we have decided that it is in the best interest of runners, spectators, volunteers and event staff to postpone the Bryn Meadows Caerphilly 10K/2K that was scheduled to take place on 17th May 2020.

The Bryn Meadows Caerphilly 10K/2K will now take place on Sunday 13th September 2020. We know that many of you will have been training hard for a long time, but your health, and that of our spectators, volunteers, event staff and the wider population is our main priority at this time. We understand and share your disappointment with this outcome, but given the circumstances we believe that the postponement will allow the event to reach its full potential in September.

All entries will be transferred automatically to the new date. There is no need to get in touch to amend any details. There is nothing for you to do if you have already registered.

Additional information relating to when race packs can be expected, road closure information and other operational details will be shared at a time closer to the event.

For further information or to register a place visit: https://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/10k/

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Welsh Sports News – Wales release the special tribute to Matthew J Watkins that was supposed to be played at cancelled Scotland game

The Welsh Rugby Union have revealed the special tribute they planned to pay to Matthew J Watkins ahead of Wales’ game against Scotland.

Today’s Six Nations match at the Principality Stadium has been postponed due to fears over the coronavirus.

Watkins, 41, passed away last week after a seven-year battle with a rare form of pelvic cancer.

During a successful career, he earned 18 caps for Wales and played 150 times for the Llanelli Scarlets.

The WRU were due to hold a minute’s applause and play some of Watkins’ highlights on the big screens at the Principality Stadium 15 minutes before kick off.

With the game now not taking place, the Union have released the video on social media and a short statement to go with it.

“Matthew continued to give back to rugby after his playing days and despite battling cancer, helped coach Oakdale minis and juniors and Brecon in their Plate-winning season,” the statement from the WRU read.
— Read on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/wales-release-special-tribute-matthew-17925299.amp

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Welsh Sports News – Ireland international claims England are ‘the most unlikeable team in recent memory’ after Six Nations conduct – Wales Online

Former Ireland rugby star Alan Quinlan has slammed the England rugby team’s behaviour during the Six Nations.

Quinlan criticised coach Eddie Jones and the likes of captain Owen Farrell and prop Joe Marler in a stinging newspaper attack.

He was speaking after three England players, Marler, Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes, all faced citing hearings on Thursday after the 33-30 victory over Wales.

Skipper Farrell’s conduct has also come under the microscope after he sparked the mass scuffle that resulted in Marler grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’ genitals by pushing George North in the chest.
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WRU Chairman Gareth Davies defends Six Nations decision to pull Wales v Scotland…

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies has defended the decision to postpone Wales’ Six Nations match against Scotland in Cardiff just 24 hours before kick-off.

The WRU had said earlier on Friday that the game at the Principality Stadium would go ahead but then called it off because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“It has been a tough week,” said Davies. 

“But we believe it was the proper and responsible thing to do.”

Davies added: “I don’t think we could’ve dealt with it any better. We made a decision last night that this match would go ahead. In a very quickly moving world things had changed by late morning today.”

Several sports have been severely disrupted, with all Premier League and EFL football matches suspended until 3 April.

The Cardiff game was the last major sporting event to be postponed this weekend despite government medical advice saying the match could still potentially be played.

“We initially followed the advice of government in terms of the scientific and medical evidence and that was the case up until last night,” said Davies.

“We had an emergency board meeting last night to consider everything and we still thought, bearing in mind the advice we had, that keeping the game on was the way to go.

“Last night the Premier League were carrying on but by this morning that had changed and the EFL went on a similar course as did the Celtic v Rangers game in all being called off and other major global events were also being pulled

“We spoke to the Government this morning, who understood our position.

“For us to be the only sporting event to be on, we were mindful of the seriousness of the situation. We took into account supporters, players and staff and asked whether it was essential to subject to that risk.”

“We’ve made a judgement as to whether there was a danger. By the time we arrived at lunchtime today we thought there could be exposure so we decided to pull the game.”

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Gareth Davies is a former Wales captain

Image captionGareth Davies is a former Wales captain

Davies denied they were forced into the decision by public opinion.

“I wouldn’t say it was public backlash; we took everything into account,” said Davies.

“We know despite the government and advice saying there’s no evidence there would be a spike at a major event. 

“When you take everything into account with what’s happened in Italy, there will be spikes. 

“The medical advice says 60% of the population are going to catch this disease and I don’t think we wanted to be the mid-point of that.

“We reassessed the position, other sporting bodies decided to change their stance, and we made the decision that was the most sensible decision to take.”

Davies admitted he sympathised with fans who had travelled to Cardiff already and had spent money on accommodation and tickets.

“I understand and sympathise with that scenario,” said Davies.

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Wales players in training just hours before the Six Nations match against Scotland was postponed

Image captionWales players in training hours before the Six Nations match against Scotland was postponed

“There’s not a lot we can do in that respect because we took the responsible decision for 75,000 in this stadium possibly being subjected and open to this killer disease.

“When the match is finalised, we’d advise people to keep their tickets safe.

“Hopefully they’ll be able to come to the match if they’re unable for whatever reason we can look to refund them.”

There are four Six Nations matches to be rescheduled – the three final-round games, plus the Ireland v Italy game in Dublin, which was postponed from 7 March. 

Saturday, 31 October is a possible date for the final weekend of matches.

“It’s an understatement to say it’s unsatisfactory the four matches won’t be completed,” said Davies.

“There will inevitably be an anti-climax when the games are played but we want to finish the tournament. 

“We’re not sure when that’s going to be. The Six Nations will have to take soundings and make a decision in the next few weeks.

“It’s difficult to plan at the moment because who knows how long this episode will last? The likelihood from what I’ve picked up is that it’ll happen in the autumn sometime.”

An article from the BBC.

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Pro 14 Suspended Indefinitely due to Coronavirus…

The current Guinness PRO14 season has been suspended in response to the evolving Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak.

The PRO14 is an international league. Cross border travel is inevitable and that brings with it unique challenges. With governments in Italy and Ireland already putting in place clear directives and restrictions around public activities and travel, the decision to suspend the competition is appropriate.

It is in the best interests of everyone that games are not played at this time. The suspension has been directed by the board of Celtic Rugby DAC and the decision will remain under constant review.

David Jordan, Tournament Director PRO14 Rugby, said: “We have made this decision with everyone’s welfare foremost in our minds. With an evolving situation in the five countries that take part in Guinness PRO14 it is important to make a clear decision that is in keeping with the advice of the various governments involved.”

Resumption of the 2019/20 season will now become a matter of constant review. To this point PRO14 Rugby has ensured that it has the latest information and guidance made available by the local and national authorities via our participating unions in the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.

This will remain the case for the duration of the suspension. This is an unprecedented action for the tournament and as such no end date to the suspension can be provided at this time.

In keeping with our practice during the outbreak, PRO14 Rugby will provide updates on the suspension when more information is available.

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La stagione corrente di Guinness Pro14 è stata sospesa in risposta all’evoluzione del diffondersi di COVID-19.

PRO14 è una manifestazione internazionale, i viaggi oltre confine sono inevitabili e questo comporta delle situazioni uniche e sfidanti. I Governi di federazioni coinvolte nel torneo hanno già posto in essere chiare direttive e restrizioni circa attività pubbliche e, di conseguenza, la decisione di sospendere la competizione risulta appropriato. E’ nel migliore interesse di tutti che in questo momento le partite non vengano disputate.

La salute e la sicurezza di tutti i nostri giocatori, squadre, staff e tifosi è cruciale ed è nel miglior interesse di tutti che non si disputino partite in questo momento. La sospensione è stata determinata dal board di Celtic Rugby DAC e rimarrà oggetto di costante revisione.

Il Direttore del Torneo PRO14 David Jordan ha dichiarato: “Abbiamo preso questa decisione con il welfare dei giocatori e la sicurezza dei nostri tifosi quali imprescindibili priorità. Con una situazione in evoluzione in cinque nazioni che prendono parte al Guinness Pro14 è importante prendere una decisione chiara, coerente con le indicazioni dei vari Governi coinvolti”.

La ripresa della stagione 2019/20 sarà oggetto di costante revisione. Ad oggi PRO14 Rugby si è assicurato un flusso di informazioni e indicazioni costantemente aggiornato da parte delle autorità locali e nazionali attraverso le federazioni membre del Regno Unito, Irlanda, Italia e Sudafrica.

Questo costante monitoraggio si protrarrà per l’intera durata della sospensione. Questa è un’azione senza precedenti per il torneo e ad oggi non è possibile fornire una data certa per la conclusione della manifestazione.

In linea con le nostre disposizioni durante l’epidemia, PRO14 Rugby fornirà ulteriori aggiornamenti sulla sospensione quando nuove informazioni saranno disponibili.

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