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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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Gavin Henson keeping spirits up in Wales…

The Gavin Henson gesture that sums him up brilliantly 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
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2020 Bryn Meadows Caerphilly 10K postponed due to Coronavirus…

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
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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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Sports News / Football News – Nations League Fixtures 2020-2021…

England will play world number one team Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in League A of the 2020-21 Nations League. Wales will face the Republic of Ireland, Finland and Bulgaria in League B, while Northern Ireland are grouped with Austria, Norway and Romania. Scotland, also in League B, will play the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Euro 2020 play-off opponents Israel. The first group games take place in September this year, with the finals scheduled for the summer. Groups in full: League A Group one Group two Group three Group four Netherlands England Portugal Switzerland Italy Belgium France Spain Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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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Welsh Sports News – Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan looking to concentrate more on the bluebirds…

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has reportedly sold half of his stake in MLS club Los Angeles FC – and plans to sell off the other half as well. The shares already sold, purported to be worth around $70m, are said to have been bought by a group of individuals within the club, who are already planning to buy the rest of his stake, too. Tan owned 20 percent of LAFC but his shareholding is now said to have been reduced to just 10 percent, according to the LA Times .   It all points to a streamlining of Tan’s footballing portfolio, helping
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Entire Six Nations could be called off as UK Government considers banning sporting events as tournament bosses meet to make decision – Wales Online

The UK Government is considering following in France’s footsteps with a ban on public events in a bid to stop the coronavirus spreading further, which could spell the end of this year’s Six Nations for now. Ireland v Italy – which had been due to take place this weekend in Dublin – has already been cancelled. Another match hangs in the balance after the French government imposed a ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people in confined spaces on Saturday, throwing the French team’s Super Saturday Six Nations clash against Ireland in Paris under further doubt. UK health
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The John Inverdale interview: My Welsh connections, accusations of English bias and the real story behind THAT famous picture – Wales Online

Here are a few things you might not know about John Inverdale. As a boy, he lived in Newport, while his father worked at the Heath hospital in Cardiff. The first Five Nations match he saw was Wales v France at the Arms Park in 1970 and he was back there in 1973, as a 15-year-old, to watch THAT game between the Barbarians and the All Blacks. At Southampton University, he was at one point the only non-Welshman in his college rugby team and he went on to study journalism in Cardiff, at the same establishment as yours truly, as
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Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest – 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿⚽️📰

Follow live text coverage from 19:15 GMT on Tuesday Line-ups Cardiff 12Smithies 2Sanderson 4Morrison 16Nelson 3Bennett 6Vaulks 15Pack 33Hoilett 13Paterson 11Murphy 9Glatzel Substitutes 1Etheridge 5Flint 7Bacuna 8Ralls 20Whyte 23Ward 24B Smith Nottm Forest 30Samba 11Cash 3Figueiredo 4Worrall 2Ribeiro 8Watson 22Yates 23Lolley 28Silva 19Ameobi 7Grabban Substitutes 10Carvalho 14Diakhaby 16Jenkinson 17Semedo 20Dawson 34Walker 49Muric Referee: Steve Martin Cardiff City will be without midfielder Lee Tomlin when they welcome Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Tuesday. Tomlin missed their defeat by Stoke City on Saturday due to a knee injury that he picked up in training and is now out for at least
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Toby Booth appointed new head coach at the Ospreys 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏉📰

The Ospreys have appointed Toby Booth as their new head coach on a three-year contract. Booth enjoyed four successful seasons as head coach of London Irish before coaching at both Bath and Harlequins respectively. The 50-year-old comes to the Ospreys with a reputation as a deep rugby thinker, good communicator and as a charismatic coach who has a reputation for player and coach development. “When the opportunity was presented to join such an iconic Welsh team, based in an area that has a deep passion for the game, it made it an extremely attractive proposition,” said Booth. “The Ospreys is
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Josh Adams will see no more Six Nations 2020 action following Saturdays Ankle Injury 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏉📰

Josh Adams will play no further part in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations following an ankle injury sustained in the 3rd round narrow defeat against France. The in form Welsh Rugby and Blues winger is likely to be out for up to 3 months. He is due to have surgery this week and it is envisaged that he could return in 12 weeks for the latter stages of the Guinness PRO14.​
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How Wales Could Still Win The Six Nations – as per Wales Online…

According to a recent Article on Wales Online – Here how Wales could still Win the Six Nations title in 2020, although it’s a bit unlikely… Wales v England The first thing Wales need to do is win their remaining games, preferably with maximum points, starting with England at Twickenham. Yes, it’s a tough ask, but this is England v Wales. Anything could happen, Pivac’s attacking game-plan might click and Wales run in four tries for a bonus point in a thrilling clash with England not getting anything. They would, of course, need other results to then go their way
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