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.
The WRU has teamed up with Crawshay's to tour Georgia in June. The side, which will be called the Crawshays WRU President's XV, will play Emerging Georgia twice, in a tour which supports the Welsh Government's efforts to grow relations between the two countries.
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.