SCARLETS have agreed new contract terms with front row trio Peter Edwards, Wyn Jones and Dylan Evans.
Tighthead prop Peter Edwards, 35, will mark the beginning of his sixth season with the region as we head into 2016-17 having made his regional debut against Italians Benetton Treviso in 2010.
Despite suffering an elbow injury in the European Champions Cup clash against Racing 92 in November last year Edwards has proved to be an important part of the region’s front row union making 17 appearances thus far this season.
One of Scarlets’ homegrown talents, Jones, 24, has made 88 appearances for his home club Llandovery scoring nine tries over six professional seasons with the Principality Premiership side.
Jones’ first regional appearance came off the bench against Gloucester Rugby in a 13-7 victory in 2013-14. He went on to make 13 appearances for the Scarlets in 2014-15 including taking on some of the world’s best in European Champions Cup clashes against Leicester Tigers and champions Toulon and will look to kick on in the infamous Scarlets jersey with a new two-year deal.
Australian born Evans, 27, joined the Scarlets ahead of 2015-16 season and has signed a new deal that will keep him at the region until at least June 2018.
He had previously represented Newcastle and NSW Country, and faced then Scarlets George North and Jonathan Davies as part of the Combined NSW-Queensland Country side who took on the British & Irish Lions in 2013.
He has made 14 appearances for the Scarlets thus far making his first competitive start against Benetton Treviso in March.
Scarlets General Manager of Rugby, Jon Daniels, said: “We are delighted to be in a position to confirm that Peter, Wyn and Dylan have all extended their contracts and will remain with us here at Parc y Scarlets.
“Pete has been a stalwart in the last few seasons offering much needed experience and support to the emerging international talents of Samson and the likes.
“Retaining players of Pete’s experience is important as we look to continue the development of young props at the region. Both Wyn and Dylan have worked exceptionally hard and are looking to challenge for regular game time in the regional shirt.”
Commenting on the news Peter Edwards said: “Next season is promising to be an exciting one for the Scarlets and I’m pleased that I’ll be able to play a part in that. Having said that we’re also focused on the task at hand for the remainder of the season of reaching our pre-season aims and making the play-offs.”
Wyn Jones said; “I have supported the Scarlets from a young age having started playing rugby for Llandovery Under 7s. I am delighted to sign a contract extension with the Scarlets and I’m looking forward to build on the experience I’ve gained over the last three years here at Parc y Scarlets.”
Dylan Evans added; “I’m really happy to have extended my contract with the Scarlets. I’ve really settled in here, I’m loving life in Wales and with the Scarlets.”
Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups
A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.
The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.
Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.
An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.
Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:
“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.
“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”
Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.
I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”
Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido
On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.
Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.
Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:
“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.
“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”
Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee
Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.
Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.
Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.
Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.
Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”
Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.
Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”
Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd
LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.
Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.
Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.
It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.
In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.
Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.
Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.
However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.
Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.
On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.
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