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.
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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.
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