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THE HERALD FRIDAY JANUARY 27 2017


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Cup semi-finals announced TENBY UNITED will play


Whitland in the semi-finals of this season’s Pembrokeshire KO Cup. The other semi-final sees a


Ceredigion derby, with Cardigan taking on Aberystwyth. Ties are set to be played before


March 31. A date and venue for the final will be confirmed once the semi- finals have been completed. Aberystwyth made it to this stage following a 27-15 win away to


Fishguard in the quarter-finals. Tenby United thrashed Aberaeron


50-8 in their quarter-final tie after beating Pembroke 26-19 in the first round.


Cardigan beat St Davids 65-0 in


the first round and went on to beat Neyland 28-12 in the quarter-finals. Whitland were given a walk over


in the first round against Pembroke Dock Quins and are yet to play a game in the competition.


New cup competition proposed THERE could soon be a new


rugby cup competition involving sides from Division 3 West A if plans and proposed fixtures are approved. The tournament has been proposed


by the Pembroke Dock Harlequins and would feature two groups of four teams.


The teams would play each other home and away in their groups and the


two group winners will then meet in the final.


Proposals and fixtures will be


discussed at the next meeting of the Pembrokeshire district at the beginning of February. If approved, the tournament would


begin after the current league season is completed.


Homecoming show for boxing twins


(L-R): WRU game changers Lauren Thomas, Dave Roberts and Katy Evans THREE individuals have been


appointed to radically increase and improve rugby opportunities across the grassroots end of the game for both women and girls. The aptly named ‘game changers’


CRYMYCH boxing twins


Ioan and Garan Croft are looking forward to a special homecoming as Cardigan ABC stage their second show at Crymych Leisure Centre on Friday (Jan 27). The 15-year-olds, who in the


past few months have boxed all over Britain as well as in parts of Europe, will have the rare novelty of competing at a venue just five minutes away from home.


The Crymych show forms part


of the twins’ build-up to this year’s Three Nations tournament where they are aiming to win gold medals – and both face formidable opponents from Darlington. Southpaw Ioan boxes Josh Bebb


(Ward Degnans ABC) who has won around 27 of his 39 contests, while Garan meets Robert Towers, also of Ward Degnans, who has won 16 out of 26.


Other Cardigan boxers with


confirmed bouts include Mikey O’Sullivan, Adam Lawrence, and Kaya Evans-Knight. A team of five Durham boxers and


three from Doncaster make up the 12- bout card. An eagerly-anticipated contest


sees Joe Morgan (Mountain Ash) take on Doncaster’s Levi Smith in what will be a clash between two come- forward boxers. There will be a pig roast and bar as well as a raffle at the half-time interval.


for North Wales, South East and South West Wales will work with every area of the WRU rugby department, along with clubs, schools and hub officers, to increase the number of women and girls regularly involved in Welsh rugby – and improve the rugby products on offer for the Welsh female population who want to take part in the national game.


UsGirls Project of the Year Award


winner Lauren Thomas takes up the West Wales role, former Welsh Gymnastics South East Wales Club Development Officer Katy Evans has landed the East Wales position and former Newtown school club hub officer Dave Roberts has been appointed to make a difference for women and girls in the North Wales Development Region. WRU Women and Girls manager Caroline Spanton said: “These three


high calibre individuals will have the challenge of taking women and girls rugby participation in Wales to the next level. We know there is huge demand for rugby by women and girls from the success of the first season of cluster centres, when participation levels doubled but we also know there is massive scope to become one of, if not the top female participation sport in Wales. “There is a blank canvas for the


game changers in many ways and the sky is the limit in terms of where the roles take us as a national sport. We will need to make some brave decisions to reach our aspirations of making it the norm for women and girls to be involved in rugby but with


67 Sport Game changers appointed


this team now on board, I know we can do this.” WRU Head of Rugby Participation


Ryan Jones added: “It is a strategic priority for us as a Union to become more attractive to women and girls and to remove barriers to enable anyone to participate. “Our purpose is to enable more


people to be involved in rugby more often, with more enjoyment and more success and it is therefore vital to invest in people whose job and sole focus will be to make this a firm reality. We all need to work together with the game changers to ensure we offer various forms of the game and a way of delivering rugby which appeals to women and girls of all ages.”


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