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.
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.
Defending champions Coleg Sir Gar reached their second consecutive Millennium Stadium final as they defeated Coleg Gwent in the WRU Wednesday Under 18 play-off. Watch highlights of their narrow 10-8 win here.