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Welsh coaches step up to the challenge



WRU international coaching teams with Caroline spanton (National Manager, Women’s Rugby), Gethin Watts (National Performance Manager) and Geraint John (Elite Coach Development Manager)

WRU international coaching teams with Caroline spanton (National
Manager, Women’s Rugby), Gethin Watts (National Performance
Manager) and Geraint John (Elite Coach Development Manager)

WRU international skills coach Jason Strange has been appointed Wales Under 20 head coach for the coming season. Strange steps up to the role after assisting newly retired Allan Lewis last season. Fellow WRU international skills coaches Geraint Lewis and Chris Horsman remain as assistant coaches (forwards and scrum), along with defence coach, Blues performance manager Richard Hodges and team manager Mark Taylor.

 Geraint Lewis will continue as Wales Under 18 head coach, assisted by Chris Horsman as scrum coach while Dragons performance manager James Chapron and Cardiff Met’s Danny Milton continue as defence and backs coach respectively.

The Wales Sevens personnel is unchanged with Gareth Williams and Richie Pugh Wales Sevens head coach and assistant respectively, both having secured assistant coach positions to the Team GB men’s and women’s sevens squads ahead of the Rio Olympics. Rhys Edwards is now Women’s Programme Lead, which includes heading up the Wales Women and Wales Women Sevens coaching teams, with Richie Pugh continuing as assistant coach.

Kathryn Pacey has been appointed as Wales Women team manager. WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey said, “The rugby department has gone through significant change over the past two years. Those changes predominately focus on aligning efforts and providing clarity of purpose. Through our coaching, international skills staff, and the structural changes we now have a framework by which we can disseminate the coaching philosophies of the National Squad through our development teams and onto the grassroots of the game via our regionally based staff and hub officers.

“In addition, regional and external staff Richard Hodges, James Chapron and Danny Milton play key roles and increasingly we will work with the Regional and Premiership coaching staff to ensure a collaborative approach to each pathway player’s development.” WRU elite coach development manager Geraint John added, “The international pathway coaching teams are key, not only to the success of the teams and development of the players within those squads, but also in terms of developing coaches who can go on to become professional coaches for our regions and hopefully put their hats in the ring to coach Wales in the future.

“I’ve been hugely encouraged by the positive attitude and professionalism of all the coaches I’ve met so far since arriving back in Wales last month and I look forward to working together with all our elite coaches to further raise the bar of Welsh coaching.” WRU international pathway coaching teams

Wales U20 Head coach Jason Strange Team manager Mark Taylor Assistant coach (forwards) Geraint Lewis Assistant coach (defence) Richard Hodges Assistant coach (scrum) Chris Horsman

Wales U18 Head coach Geraint Lewis Assistant coach (backs) Danny Milton Assistant coach (defence) James Chapron Assistant coach (scrum) Chris Horsman

Wales Sevens Head coach Gareth Williams Team manager Steff Thomas Assistant coach Richie Pugh

Wales Women Head coach Rhys Edwards Assistant coach Richie Pugh Team manager Kath Pacey

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds



AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event



CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets



A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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