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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 Free 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
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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
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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
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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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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 — Read on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/morning-headlines-powerbrokers-deliver-verdict-18321330.amp
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How the Welsh Regions are shaping up for next seasons Pro14 season…

The hugely exciting and star-studded teams Wales’ regions could soon be fielding after flurry of signings 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 BY ANDY HOWELL 17:59, 5 APR 2020UPDATED11:24, 6 APR 2020 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
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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
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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
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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
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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. — Read on www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/ireland-international-claims-england-the-17925943.amp
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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.” Wales v Scotland match off because of coronavirus ‘Six Nations loses sight of bigger picture amid fog’ Davies added: “I don’t think we could’ve dealt with it any better. We
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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,
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Six Nations News – Wales v Scotland off due to Coronavirus

Wales’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The two other scheduled games in round five had already been postponed and no dates have been confirmed for completing the 2020 Championship. The Welsh Rugby Union, which had insisted earlier on Friday the game would go ahead, said it was “in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries”. Several sports have been severely disrupted, with all Premier League and EFL football matches suspended until 3 April. A
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Welsh Sports News – Wales under 20’s beat England under 20’s in the U20 Six Nations

Wales U20 produced a stunning performance to make it two wins in a row in the U20 Six Nations as England U20 were overcome at Kingsholm on Friday night. Head coach Gareth Williams had made just one change to the starting XV that had beaten reigning World Rugby U20 Championship champions France in Colwyn Bay last time out, with Will Griffiths and Dom Booth starting at hooker, and it showed in the early exchanges. Wales started confidently in front of a big and typically vocal Gloucester crowd, playing on the front foot against a host nation who were smarting off
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Will Eddie Jones stay on at England – a view from the Guardian…

At some stage in the next fortnight Eddie Jones will sit down for dinner with the Rugby Football Union’s chief executive, Bill Sweeney, to discuss the future. There will be no shortage of agenda items, not least the fall-out from a tempestuous Anglo-Welsh contest which at times was more like rollerball than rugby. England may have collected a triple crown but, not for the first time, the hosts won few awards for grace or diplomacy. Does it matter how a national team behaves as long as it wins? Jones has never been over-burdened by such considerations but over the coming months the
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Sport News / Rugby News – France blow best Grand Slam chance in a decade…

There will be no Grand Slam. France’s best chance in a decade to pull that off was ruined at Murrayfield by a stellar Scottish performance, featuring a brace from Sean Maitland and a back-breaking red card for the France tighthead prop Mohamed Haouas for a punch at the end of the first half, from which the visitors never recovered.  The outcome also capped off a good weekend for England, who have now gone top of the Six Nationstable on points difference ahead of France with one round to go. As Haouas departed here, rightly sent off for a punch to the head of
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Welsh Sports News – Full WRU Match Report from England v Wales…

Battling Wales ensured they picked up a losing bonus-point at Twickenham as they closed to within three points at the end of another epic battle against the auld enemy. England led 20-9 at the break, but were hit by a try from the kick-off at the start of the second half as Wayne Pivac’s men got their fight-back off to an explosive start. Justin Tipuric scored twice after the break, the second try coming when England were down to 13 men. Having lost replacement prop Ellis Genge to a yellow card, they lost centre Manu Tuilagi to a straight red
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Welsh Sports News – Wales Fall Short At Twickenham…

A battling Wales ensured they picked up a losing bonus-point at Twickenham as they closed to within three points at the end of another epic battle against the auld enemy. England led 20-9 at the break, but were hit by a try from the kick-off at the start of the second half as Wayne Pivac’s men got their fight-back off to an explosive start. Justin Tipuric scored twice after the break, the second try coming when England were down to 13 men.   Having lost replacement prop Ellis Genge to a yellow card, they lost centre Manu Tuilagi to a
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Sports News / Rugby News – England 33 – 30 Wales – Six Nations News…

England consigned Wales to a third consecutive defeat in this year’s Six Nations in a dramatic match at Twickenham. First-half tries from Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly gave Wales an uphill task at half-time – with the hosts leading 20-6 at the break. A stunning try from Justin Tipuric 27 seconds into the second-half gave Wayne Pivac’s side hope, but Manu Tuilagi’s score put them in control again. Tuilagi was sent off late on for a shoulder charge to George North’s head – but it wasn’t enough for Wales to manufacture a comeback despite late tries from Dan Biggar and
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Six Nations News – England v Wales…

England host 2019 champions Wales in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday, needing to win to keep alive hopes of a third title in five years. England make two changes with Mark Wilson coming in for injured flanker Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson replacing Jonathan Joseph on the wing.  Wales face England under head coach Wayne Pivac for the first time having lost successive Six Nations matches.  They make four changes from the home defeat by France two weeks ago. Scarlets-bound back Liam Williams makes a first appearance since the World Cup after recovering from an ankle problem.  Cardiff
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Sports News / Rugby News – Ref News from Nigel Owens…

When England meet Wales today in what rugby fans on this side of the Bridge always regard as the big game of the Six Nations, I will be at Twickenham doing some work up in the hospitality suites and for the Clwb Rygbi TV show. Unfortunately this is one fixture I will never be able to referee, for obvious reasons. The honour down on the pitch today goes to my colleague Ben O’Keefe from New Zealand. Ben has run touch for me on several occasions and I was honoured to do that for him a few years ago in his
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Sports News / Rugby News – England decision to exclude Mako Vunipola, unnecessary…

England’s decision to exclude prop Mako Vunipola as a precautionary measure against coronavirus was “unnecessary”, says Public Health England (PHE). Vunipola was stood down for England’s Six Nations match with Wales after recently travelling through Hong Kong. The prop has trained with Saracens this week and will start against Leicester in the Premiership on Saturday. “PHE current guidance on coronavirus is clear on when self-isolation is necessary,” a PHE tweet said. “Earlier this week the RFU asked a player, having returned from travel overseas, to not attend the camp to avoid the risk of spread, which was not necessary as
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Sports News / Rugby News – England v Italy in the Six Nations has been postponed…

England’s Six Nations games against Italy on 14 and 15 March have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The men’s, women’s and under-20s contests will be played at “a later date” say organisers.  “Six Nations fully intends to complete all 15 games in all three championships when time allows,” they added. Ireland’s Six Nations games at home to Italy on 7 and 8 March were postponed last week. Italy is the worst-hit European country with more than 3,000 cases. Six Nations officials made the decision to reschedule the fixture on Thursday after the Italian government ordered all sporting fixtures
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