Moore- 'pontypridd Can Win The Parker Pen Shield'.
3 May 2002 15:15pm
Neath scrum half Andy Moore talks to wru.co.uk before tonights Welsh/Scottish League battle against PARKER PEN SHEILD finalists Pontypridd.
"Ponty are a very very good side," said Moore, speaking before Neath's Welsh/Scottish league match up with the PARKER PEN SHIELD finalists.
"Pontypridd have a great deal of spirit in their side and that's shown through in their performances of late. Pontypridd played very well against London Irish - they showed great heart and were very impressive up front," he added.
Players like Robert Sidoli and Mefin Davies have caught the eye this season, and a trip to Oxford's Kassam Stadium for the Shield final in three weeks will again put them in the international shop window.
When asked if Ponty can win the big match Moore had no hesitation in backing the valley commandos.
"Yes they can. I think they need to be made firm underdogs again, that's when Pontypridd perform best."
And Moore knows a thing or two about European rugby - he was a member of the Cardiff side narrowly beaten in extra time by Toulouse in the inaugural Heineken Cup final in 1996.
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.
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Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.