Newport To Select From 24-man Squad For Glasgow Challenge
1 May 2002 17:36pm
Newport coach Ian McIntosh will take a 24-strong squad to Scotland for Friday night's crucial Welsh/Scottish League clash with Glasgow at Hughendon (kick-off 7.30 pm).
Despite their recent losing run, Newport are still in the hunt for the league title with three games left to play. After Glasgow on Friday night, the black and ambers face Pontypridd and Bridgend at home next week.
"There are still a few twists and turns left in the title race and the players believe that if they can regain their best form and win the final three games they could still challenge for the title," said Newport team manager Jim McCreedy.
"The players know they have to win all three games to stand any chance of returning to the top of the table and that is the goal."
Newport Squad (v Glasgow): Emyr Lewis, James Rowles, Matt Mostyn, Hal Luscombe, Scott Williams, Ben Breeze, Jason Strange, Shane Howarth, Llyr Lane,
Matthew Thomas; Rod Snow, Ceri Jones, Paul Young, James Richards, Chris
Anthony, Adrian Garvey, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Ian Gough, Mike Voyle,
Joe Powell, Peter Buxton, Andy Powell, Jason Forster, Gareth Gravell.
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.