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76 Sport NATURAL RESOURCES


WALES (NRW) and the Motor Sports Association (MSA) have signed a new access agreement which will allow Wales Rally GB to use NRW-managed land for the next three years. NRW has played a major role in


supporting motor sport in Wales for many years, and has a successful working relationship with the MSA in staging events at every level of the sport. NRW announced earlier this


year that it needed to ensure that the cost of repairing forestry roads after rallying events was covered by the rally organisers. Popular forest roads in Hafren,


Myherin, Clocaenog and Dyfi are all looked after by NRW and will feature in the UK round of the FIA World Rally Championship this October. Tim Jones, Natural Resources


Wales’ Executive Director of Operations for North and Mid Wales, said: “The forest roads we look after have achieved almost legendary status in the world of rallying. “With more than 84,000 visitors


attending this event alone, it is clear that rallying makes an important


contribution to our rural economy. “We hope this new access


agreement sends a positive message to the rallying community that NRW and the MSA continue to have a good relationship, and are working together to ensure this important event in the Welsh sporting calendar takes place.” Discussions are continuing


between NRW, the MSA and Rally4Wales around the stage rally mileage charges and all parties hope to confirm a successful conclusion in the near future. Tim Jones added: “We are


working hard to find a long term solution to the related matter of stage rally mileage charges. We will continue our discussions with MSA and Rally4Wales to find a solution that will allow fans to enjoy the sport, and ensure the forests of Wales are protected and maintained.” Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive,


said: “The new three year access agreement confirms the confidence that MSA and NRW have in each other, and forms the essential platform for us to continue to focus on mileage charges and the wider partnership between our two organisations.”


Sales soar in Under Armour series


first week of public availability. “With three out of the four Rugby


World Cup semi-finalists and everyone’s favourite underdog in Japan heading to Cardiff this Autumn, we are once again in for a feast of rugby at Principality Stadium,” said a WRU spokesperson. “We are keeping an eye on the results


in the Rugby Championship and see Argentina continue their impressive form from the World Cup, when they were so exciting to watch. “A good start against Australia


WALES’ Under Armour Series


fixtures are at more than 60% of Principality Stadium capacity already, with clashes against Australia and Japan proving to be the most popular matches with fans so far. With nearly two months to go, close


to 45,000 tickets have been sold to see the giant-killing Japanese side take on Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, November 19, and the first up game of the series against the Wallabies is attracting the most interest with 46,000 tickets sold for that match so far. The Principality Stadium’s middle


tier has sold out for the series climax against South Africa, which has also gone through the 40,000 mark, on Saturday, November 26, with £30 half price U16s tickets still available for both this match and the Australia game Supporters can still buy tickets for


just £20 to see Wales take on Argentina on the second weekend in November


(Saturday, November 12, kicking off at 5.30pm) and Japan a week later is also £20 per head for most seats in the ground, with £10 U16s tickets still available. The WRU has always positioned


the autumn internationals as family occasions, ensuring prices are competitive and accessible for all supporters. With demand for the Six Nations


continuing to grow year on year, it is important that the Under Armour Series remains an accessible proposition to allow all to watch their National team compete at the home of Welsh rugby. The continuation of a club incentive


scheme, which has seen clubs earn over £500,000 in the previous two seasons from ticket sales, still means that the best place for fans to buy tickets is via their local rugby clubs. Earlier this year, each of Wales’ three


home RBS Six Nations matches sold out for the first time since 2008 with record sales (over 40,000 tickets) achieved in the


could help define this Under Armour Series campaign, with the prospect of a Southern Hemisphere scalp or more being able to significantly help our world ranking in a season when Rugby World Cup seedings are at stake. “With ticket prices frozen and over


half the stadium having been made available at concessionary rates, we have done everything we can to ensure a mouth-watering prospect for rugby families from around the country and we fully expect the nation to get behind Wales once again this autumn and help make the Under Armour Series 2016 a campaign to remember.”


Under Armour Series 2016 – (with remaining ticket categories)


Wales vs Australia – Saturday, November 5 (Kick-off 2.30pm): £60 (£30)


Wales vs Argentina – Saturday, November 12 (Kick-off 5.30pm): £5 0/£40 (£20)/£30/£20


Wales vs Japan – Saturday, November 19 (Kick-off 2.30pm): £35/£20 (£10)


Wales vs South Africa – Saturday, November 26 (Kick-off 5.30pm): £70, £60 (£30)


Network Q announced as partner for Wales Rally GB


NETWORK Q has once again


renewed its association with British rallying after becoming the Official Event Preparations Partner of the 2016 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, which takes place from October 27-30. The partnership will see the


used Vauxhall brand supply over 50 vehicles to help with the set-up and preparation of this year’s British round of the FIA World Rally Championship. A variety of vehicles will be


used to set up the rally, from laying out the special stages, to signposting visitors to car parks and viewing areas. Network Q was title sponsor of


Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship for 10 years between 1993 and 2002. Last year saw the used Vauxhall brand renew its link to the event when it sponsored the WRGB National Rally as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The partnership deal forms


part of Network Q’s ‘Preparation is Everything’ campaign, which is designed to highlight the extensive preparation process each Network Q vehicle undergoes before sale. Throughout


the campaign,


Network Q is working with a number of organisations in addition to Wales Rally GB, including the England Women’s Football team, to demonstrate how correct


preparation is vitally important for optimal performance. Clare White, Network Q


Marketing Manager, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the preparations for the 2016 Wales Rally GB event this year. “Our ‘Preparation is Everything’


campaign highlights the importance of meticulous preparation. There is a huge team that works behind the scenes to prepare for the event and we hope that the loan of our vehicles will help to ensure the smooth running of the set-up of the 2016 Wales Rally GB.” Ben Taylor, Managing Director


of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Network Q back to the event this year. The preparations for an event of this scale are on-going throughout the year and in the week of the rally alone we call upon in excess of 200,000 man hours from our dedicated team of volunteers. “The vehicles that will be


provided by Network Q will play a valuable role in ensuring the smooth preparations for the rally and will help make this mammoth task a great deal more efficient.” Further updates on Network


Q and its involvement in Wales Rally GB preparations can be found on Twitter @VauxNetworkQ or you can join the conversations on Facebook at facebook.com/ vauxhall.networkq.


THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 2016


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