BORN TODAY . . . 5 MARCH
DAVID WATKINS MBE.
David Watkins was born in Blaina on March 5, 1942 and became a brilliant
outside half at both Rugby Union and Rugby League, playing for Britain and
Wales at both codes. He began his senior career with Newport and helped
them beat the 1963 All Blacks 3-0. He was capped on 21 occasions from
1963-1967 and captained Wales in 1967. He appeared in six tests for the 1966 British Lions in Australia and New
Zealand. His transfer to Salford Rugby League club in 1967 ended his 202 appearances for Newport and he soon played for Wales and Great Britain at Rugby League, going on to score 3,117 points in 472 first-class matches. He later coached the British team in Australasia and managed Cardiff Blue Dragons Rugby League team on his return to Wales. He was awarded the MBE in 1986 and is now a respected chairman of Newport, being one of the greatest players to have played for his country at both codes.
ON THIS DAY....
5 March, 1988: Wales gained the Triple Crown for the first time in nine
years by defeating Ireland 12-9 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin. The Neath
full back Paul Thorburn kicked a penalty and a superb conversion of a try by Swansea No 8 Paul Moriarty as Wales came from 3-9 down to capture the Crown. Llanelli outside half Jonathan Davies opened the scoring with a drop goal for a side skippered by South Wales Police centre Bleddyn Bowen. It was the last time Wales won the Triple Crown.
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.