By Gary Williams
2 April
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Many thanks to WRU for kindly supplying this update.

1. Chair comment
2. CEO comment
3. Pathway to Participation
4. Community Strategy
5. Wales Women back in the game
6. Wales spoilt for choice on Six Nations shortlist
7. Rugby news

1. Chair comment
I was delighted last week to welcome Steve Phillips, on behalf of the WRU Board, to the position of Group CEO on a permanent basis. In an extremely strong field Steve has shown he has the expertise, an unrivalled in-depth knowledge of Welsh rugby and the insight to find the right solutions to the challenges ahead. We are delighted that he has accepted the challenge of securing the future of Welsh rugby.

After revealing our Pathway to Participation plans last week it has been a great delight to see clubs up and down the country return to rugby pitches with their young teams. We know that the desire to return to rugby clubs in all capacities is as strong as ever in Wales and that, in many quarters, participants will be flooding back as soon as they are able. But we are also conscious that clubs will need help and support throughout this process and this will continue to be provided by our community department. We have published a detailed plan, with an initial focus on a summer of fun formats of the game to help ease players of all ages back into contact rugby and to ensure the community game bounces back to full health and strength.

Kind regards,
Rob Butcher
WRU chair

2. CEO Comment
Wayne Pivac has the 2023 Rugby World Cup firmly in his sights and a comprehensive plan for Wales to arrive there at the peak of our powers. with the full backing of the Welsh Rugby Union to achieve that aim.

We meet after every campaign to discuss how we are tracking against any plan. We met after the Autumn Nations Cup. That campaign, as stated publicly by management at the time, was about giving players the opportunity to experience Test rugby and to give management the opportunity to see how they fared. Wayne was equally unambiguous about his distinction between the autumn and the Guinness Six Nations Championship, where we would be playing tournament rugby and results mattered. If silverware was the only measure then, of course, winning both the Triple Crown and the tournament itself can be viewed as ‘mission accomplished’.

It is vitally important that we assess our progress in a considered way. In professional sport it is possible to go from hero to zero and back again in a fortnight. To avoid ‘knee-jerk’ reactions we measure progress against short and long term goals. Wayne, the management and the players are, by any measure, progressing extremely well.

Winning the Championship this year was an obvious short-term goal, but we have been equally impressed by what was achieved this autumn when the stall was set to blood new players, improve strength in depth and bed in a new and varied approach to tactics and game plans.

Wayne and his management team and players have delivered. I know I speak on behalf of the Board and everyone at the WRU in congratulating them on their achievements and we look forward to following their continued progress on the road to France 2023.

Our focus now moves away from Wayne and his team to Warren Abrahams and his team, who leads Wales Women into his first Six Nations Championship next month after being appointed at the helm in November.

The Wales Women’s game is now our priority. I had the privilege of spending some time with Warren and his squad on Monday evening as I briefly interrupted their training session; it was something I enjoyed doing and plan to repeat during this current campaign.

First up we face France at Stade de la Rabine, in Vannes, this weekend after having returned to training at WRU headquarters at the Vale resort. The squad was temporarily training at the University of South Wales’ Sport Park, with Covid-19 restrictions dictating that our two senior sides trained in separate locations, but they now have the full resources of the WRU at their disposal. We are grateful for USW’s support to date, but is important to us that Wales Women have full access to all of our resources both on and off the field as they go into this important tournament.

Just like the men’s squad, Wales Women have made significant sacrifices in terms of their families, work and personal efforts to wear the jersey and represent our country and – though once again we will all regret that we can’t be present - we are looking forward to the opportunity to watch all of their games on the BBC.

Finally, my personal thanks to all the well-wishers, both within the WRU and beyond, who have taken the time to write to me and post comments concerning my formal appointment to the position of CEO for the WRU Group. As I have said this is an extremely proud moment for me, but also a time when I am made acutely aware of the responsibility I bear for the future of our national game.

I know I am equal to the task and I am ready for the many challenges ahead, but, as I settle into the role in a full time basis, I would make one plea to you the member clubs and districts of the WRU from the community to the professional game: you are all Welsh rugby and with your support, dedication and enthusiasm the game can emerge from this period and go from strength to strength in the years to come.

I invite you to entrust your Board, its chairman and the professional staff at the WRU to lead the way, to act with your best interests at heart and to leave no stone unturned in our mission to protect, project, promote and push our game to achieve its full potential.

Yours in rugby,

Steve Phillips


More from both chairman Rob Butcher and Steve Phillips, on his permanent appointment to the WRU Group CEO role, here: www.wru.wales/2021/03/phillips-confirmed-as-permanent-wru-ceo/

3. Pathway to Participation
Last week we published our Pathway to Participation for community rugby.
This is a detailed plan with an initial focus on a summer of fun formats of the game to help ease players of all ages back into contact rugby.
The plan is set to give the national game a much-needed boost following the understandable impact of the COVID pandemic, and to ensure the community game bounces back to full health and strength.
Some rugby has already started at U18s level and below, and providing the public health conditions remain favourable, tag and touch rugby fixtures for those players (u18s) could be sanctioned from April 1 within their own districts.
Measures around training and matches will remain subject to Welsh Government guidelines but all levels of the game, including youth and senior teams (male and female) can look forward to a phased return of modified, limited contact training from May 1.
From mid-June, players of all ages can look forward to a month of summer sevens and tens rugby – under modified laws
Further details of the seven step Pathway to Participation can be found here:

4. Community Strategy
Our Community Rugby Strategy, which will be officially launched this summer, has produced three current key workstreams: a competitions review; a review of the WRU Hub programme and an increased commitment to ‘volunteer recognition’ in the community game.
These are key areas for growth that clubs and stakeholders throughout the game have highlighted to us during extensive consultation over the last 12-18 months and which have been sanctioned at Community Board level.

Our Competitions Review will look at the domestic and national leagues of the WRU. As part of the process we will be consulting with member clubs in due course and there will be workshops, meetings and surveys for interested parties to attend over the next few months.

The Hub Review, as mentioned in your last WRU Status Update, aims to deliver clear guidance for the next potential phase of the Hub Programme, to ensure that this next phase aligns with the WRU Community Strategy and the needs of Educational and Community landscape in Wales.
We believe that since its inception, the innovative Hub Programme has made a huge difference to the lives of the young people in educational settings and in the wider community throughout Wales.
The current contractual phase of the Hub Programme is coming to an end, but our ambition remains to grow, develop and enhance the Hub Programme whilst future proofing rugby union participation in Wales and supporting the health of our young people and further updates will follow.

We are working hard on volunteer recognition. We know we have so many fantastic people giving up their time to support the club game in many different capacities throughout the country. These individuals are the lifeblood of our game and it is our aim to offer support and engage with all areas of community rugby to best recognise and reward their continuous efforts. This planned support is a particularly important aspect of the Community Strategy which will allow us to continue to grow our game and improve sustainability at this level.

5. Wales Women back in the game
Wales Women’s head coach Warren Abrahams is excited to get the Six Nations campaign underway after 12 months in lockdown.
He says it has been a tough 12 months, but the squad ‘is ready to go.’
They face France in Vannes on Saturday (Sat 3 April, 8pm BST) before hosting Ireland at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday 10 April (5pm).
The 32-strong squad features four uncapped players – Wasps fly-half Flo Williams, Saracens prop Donna Rose, Exeter scrum-half Megan Davies and Sale Sharks scrum-half Jess Roberts; while Army duo Gemma Rowland and Bethan Dainton return along with Saracens scrum half Jade Knight.
Sale Sharks second row Teleri Wyn Davies, who gained one cap against Scotland in 2018 has also been called up, along with Exeter full-back Niamh Terry and prop Gwenllian Jenkins, who won two caps in November 2019.
Caryl Thomas and Shona Powell-Hughes are also back again – they were first recalled in the squad for the cancelled Scotland game.
The France Test will be the first for Wales Women since they played England in March last year and the excitement within the squad is palpable.
Video: https://www.wru.wales/video/wales-women-announce-six-nations-squad/
Full story: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/wales-women-six-nations-squad/

6. Wales spoilt for choice on Six Nations shortlist
After Wales were crowned 2021 Guinness Six Nations title winners on Saturday and Wayne Pivac’s side has not finished with the accolades yet.
Wing Louis Rees-Zammit and No 8 Taulupe Faletau are on the six-man shortlist for the player of the Championship award.
At just 20 years old, Rees-Zammit’s first Six Nations finished with four tries, a player of the round award, and a Six Nations title as the Gloucester back had a tournament to remember.
Bath No 8 and two-time British & Irish Lion Faletau has now won three Six Nations titles including a Grand Slam in 2012. He put in 19 tackles in a superb defensive effort against Scotland, was player of the match following a supreme display against England in round three and ended the tournament with 66 carries (third on the list) and 77 successful tackles (again third on the list)
Competition for the Welsh duo on the shortlist comes from Ireland pair Robbie Henshaw and Tadhg Beirne, France scrum-half Antoine Dupont, and Scotland flanker Hamish Watson.
More here: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/rees-zammit-and-faletau-up-for-coveted-six-nations-award/

7. Rugby news

The Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup will kick-off on the weekend of April 24 with fixtures for the first three rounds now confirmed.
Three weekends of derby action will be followed by cross-hemisphere fixtures where the existing Guinness PRO14 teams will face the Vodacom Bulls, the Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers for the very first time.
Full details and schedule here: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/rainbow-cup-details-confirmed/

In what has been a difficult season for all rugby supporters, players and referees, three Welsh officials have made significant progress in their quest to be the next Test match referee in place of Nigel Owens.
Craig Evans, Adam Jones and Ben Whitehouse have all been appointed by World Rugby to officiate in a number of competitions.
All three referees have benefitted from a new referee coaching structure, which has seen them being mentored by ex-Irish Test match referee Dave McHugh and former WRU Test match referees Robert Davies, Les Peard, Gareth Simmonds, Clayton Thomas and more recently Nigel Owens.
More: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/welsh-referees-make-their-mark/

The British & Irish Lions and South African Rugby have confirmed they are aligned on delivering the Castle Lager Lions Series in South Africa in the scheduled playing window this summer.
The Lions Board confirmed its preference to SA Rugby on Monday evening prior to follow-up meetings earlier on Tuesday.
More: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/lions-confirm-intention-to-tour-south-africa/

Saturday, 27 March, 2021 will go down as a double celebration in Welsh rugby history – the day Alun Wyn Jones received the Guinness Six Nations title and the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Grand Slam.
There was no trophy for John Dawes’ team of all the talents in 1971. They went to Paris to complete their clean sweep and triumphed 9-5 in an epic encounter at Stade Colombes.
Two years earlier they had drawn in Paris as they picked up a Triple Crown and won the title.
But on their return they were a different side, a team determined to make a statement to the rest of the rugby world.
If 1969 had been the dawn of a new Golden Era, 1971 was the start of it!
more: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/50-up-for-the-1971-grand-slammers/

So many of our rugby clubs have been going above and beyond during the pandemic, catch-up here with the latest to be highlighted on ‘thankyou Thursday’.
Nicola Garbett and her fellow helpers from Treharris distributed meals to those who were struggling while Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd and kept Wales connected during the lockdown by donating 100 Amazon Fire tablets from the proceeds of their £12,000 raised from a virtual run around Wales.
Video: https://community.wru.wales/video/thankyou-thursday/

Meet Amy Rothero who has recently completed a Level 3 rugby development apprenticeship at the Welsh Rugby Union.
Following her experience, Amy decided to go on to study a degree in sport management at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Amy has recently been featured on the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Services) website extolling the virtues of the WRU apprenticeships.
"I did sport from a young age and always had a passion for it. At college, I studied a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. I had no idea what I wanted to do - I just knew the sporting route was the path I wanted to go down," she says.
"I didn’t know what apprenticeships were. I didn’t see them as a proper job at first. Now I realise I needed the apprenticeship to discover what I wanted to do in life."
Read on here; https://www.ucas.com/alternatives/apprenticeships/how-i-got-my-apprenticeship/amy-level-3-rugby-development-apprentice

On the evening of March 19th, the night before the end of the men’s Guinness Six Nations tournament, the Community Rugby Department held a Mixed Ability Rugby Virtual Clubhouse Event.
The aim of the evening was to engage and inspire the Mixed Ability rugby community and connect the Welsh sides with similar rugby clubs across Europe.
Clubs from Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain and even far afield as Argentina.
Phil Steele the popular rugby broadcaster hosteed a fantastic evening with many special guests including ex internationals and mixed ability rugby players.
Great insight and stories were shared and connections were made as nearly 200 plus people listened in - a great evening was had by all. #jerseyforall

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac admitted it took him until Wednesday to recover from the grand slam heartbreak they suffered in Paris, but now he is looking forward to a bright future after celebrating the Guinness Six Nations title triumph.
The trophy was packed up at Stade de France and shipped off to Wales’ Vale of Glamorgan base after Scotland’s last gasp victory ensured a maiden Championship crown for the Wales head coach.
The last week of the tournament saw a rollercoaster of emotions for Pivac, his staff, players and the Welsh rugby public.
But after finally getting their hands on the trophy, the head coach believes his exciting side are on the path to even more success.
"We like to keep a lot of that emotional stuff to ourselves. It took me to about Wednesday to really want to come out of the house. We’re going to be very proud when we look back," he says before his Wales team goes on to lift the Guinness Six Nations and Triple Crown following a dramatic conclusion to the 2021 edition of the Championship.
Video here: https://www.wru.wales/video/wales-raise-the-guinness-six-nations-trophy/
Reflections on Paris from Alun Wyn Jones and Josh Navidi, as well as WRU chairman Rob Butcher and chief executive Steve Phillips feature in the latest WRU Podcast here: https://www.wru.wales/audio/welsh-rugby-union-podcast-12-2021/ We also hear about the Wales Women’s Six Nations squad from coach Warren Abrahams and captain Siwan Lillicrap and look at the end of the Pro14 season.


1. Sylw’r Cadeirydd
2. Sylw’r Prif Swyddog Gweithredol
3. Llwybr at Gyfranogiad
4. Strategaeth Gymunedol
5. Menywod Cymru yn ôl yn y gêm
6. Rhestr fer y Chwe Gwlad - Cymry yn serennu
7. Newyddion Rygbi

1. Sylw’r Cadeirydd
Cefais y fraint yr wythnos diwethaf, ar ran Bwrdd URC, o groesawu Steve Phillips i swydd Prif Swyddog Gweithredol y Grŵp ar sail barhaol. Mewn maes hynod o gryf, mae Steve wedi dangos bod ganddo'r arbenigedd, gwybodaeth heb ei hail am rygbi Cymru a'r mewnwelediad i ddod o hyd i'r atebion cywir i'r heriau sydd o'n blaenau. Rydym wrth ein bodd ei fod wedi derbyn yr her o sicrhau dyfodol rygbi Cymru.

Wedi i ni ddatgelu ein cynlluniau'r wythnos diwethaf ar gyfer y Llwybr at Gyfranogiad, mae wedi bod yn braf gweld clybiau ar hyd a lled y wlad yn dychwelyd i gaeau rygbi gyda’u timau ifanc. Rydym yn ymwybodol fod yr awydd i ddychwelyd i glybiau rygbi, ym mhob gallu, mor gryf ag erioed yng Nghymru ac y bydd cyfranogwyr, mewn llawer o ardaloedd, yn gorlifo'n ôl cyn gynted ag y gallant. Ond rydym hefyd yn ymwybodol y bydd angen help a chefnogaeth ar glybiau drwy gydol y broses hon a bydd hyn yn parhau i gael ei ddarparu gan ein hadran gymunedol. Rydym wedi cyhoeddi cynllun manwl, gyda ffocws cychwynnol ar haf o fformatau hwyliog o'r gêm i helpu i ailgyflwyno chwaraewyr o bob oed yn ôl i rygbi cyswllt ac i sicrhau bod y gêm gymunedol yn dychwelyd yn gryf.
Cofion gorau
Rob Butcher
Cadeirydd URC
Mwy yma gan Rob Butcher, cadeirydd y Bwrdd, a Steve Phillips ynglŷn â’i benodiad parhaol i’r rôl fel Prif Swyddog Gweithredol Grŵp URC: www.wru.wales/2021/03/phillips-confirmed-as-permanent-wru-ceo

2. Sylw’r Prif Swyddog Gweithredol
Mae Cwpan Rygbi’r Byd 2023 yn weledigaeth byw i Wayne Pivac, gyda chynllun cynhwysfawr i Gymru gyrraedd yno yn anterth eu pwerau gydag Undeb Rygbi Cymru yn eu cefnogi cant y cant yn eu nod i wneud hyn.
Byddwn yn cyfarfod ar ôl pob ymgyrch i drafod sut rydym yn olrhain yn erbyn unrhyw gynllun. Cyfarfuom ar ôl Cwpan Cenhedloedd yr Hydref. Yr oedd yr ymgyrch honno, fel y nodwyd yn gyhoeddus gan y rheolwyr ar y pryd, yn ymwneud â rhoi cyfle i chwaraewyr brofi rygbi Prawf a rhoi cyfle i reolwyr weld sut yr oeddent yn gwneud hynny. Ym meddwl Wayne nid oedd gwahaniaeth rhwng y gemau’r hydref a Phencampwriaeth Chwe Gwlad Guinness, lle byddem yn chwarae rygbi twrnament a'r canlyniadau'n holl bwysig. Wrth ennill y twrnament a’r Goron Driphlyg, mae’n amlwg eu bod wedi mwy na llwyddo a llawn gyflawni eu nod.
Mae’n hanfodol bwysig ein bod yn asesu ein cynnydd mewn ffordd ystyriol. Mewn chwaraeon proffesiynol mae modd mynd o fod yn arwr i fod yn neb, ac yn ôl i fod yn arwr mewn pythefnos. Er mwyn osgoi adweithiau 'difeddwl' rydym yn mesur cynnydd yn erbyn nodau tymor byr a thymor hir. Mae Wayne, y rheolwyr a'r chwaraewyr, yn ôl unrhyw fesur, yn dangos cynnydd eithriadol o dda.
Roedd ennill y Bencampwriaeth eleni yn amlwg yn nod tymor byr. Ond mae’r hyn a gyflawnwyd yn ystod yr Hydref hefyd wedi creu argraff, wrth gyflwyno chwaraewyr newydd, gwella cryfder y garfan a gosod sylfaen ar gyfer dull newydd ac amrywiol ar gyfer tactegau a chynlluniau’r gêm.
Mae Wayne, y tîm rheoli a’r chwaraewyr wedi cyflawni’r hyn yr oeddem wedi ei obeithio. Rwy’n ymwybodol fy mod yn siarad ar ran y bwrdd a phawb yn URC wrth eu llongyfarch yn eu llwyddiannau, ac rydym yn edrych ymlaen at ddilyn eu cynnydd wrth baratoi at Ffrainc 2023.
Mae ein ffocws nawr yn troi oddi wrth Wayne a’i dîm ac yn edrych tuag at Warren Abrahams a’i dîm. Fis nesaf, bydd yn arwain Menywod Cymru i mewn i’w Bencampwriaeth Chwe Gwlad gyntaf wedi iddo ei benodi i’r llyw ym mis Tachwedd.
Mae gêm Menywod Cymru yn flaenoriaeth erbyn hyn. Cefais y fraint o dreulio ychydig o amser â Warren a’i garfan nos Lun wrth i mi dorri ar draws eu sesiwn hyfforddi. Mi wnes fwynhau, ac felly mae’n rhywbeth rwy’n gobeithio ei wneud eto yn ystod eu hymgyrch presennol.
Yn gyntaf byddwn yn wynebu Ffrainc yn Stade de la Rabine, yn Vannes, y penwythnos yma wedi iddynt ddychwelyd i hyfforddi i bencadlys hyfforddi URC yn y Fro. Dros dro, bu'r garfan yn hyfforddi ym Mharc Chwaraeon Prifysgol De Cymru, gyda chyfyngiadau Cofid-19 yn golygu fod rhaid i’r ddau dîm hyn hyfforddi mewn lleoliadau ar wahân. Ond erbyn hyn mae adnoddau llawn URC ar gael iddynt eu defnyddio. Rydym yn werthfawrogol iawn o'r gefnogaeth gan Brifysgol De Cymru hyd yma, ond mae’n bwysig i ni fod Menywod Cymru â mynediad lawn i’n holl adnoddau ar y cae ac oddi arni wrth iddynt gamu tuag at y twrnament bwysig yma.
Fel carfan y dynion, mae Menywod Cymru hefyd wedi gwneud aberth sylweddol o ran eu teuluoedd, gwaith ac ymdrechion personol er mwyn gwisgo’r crys a chynrychioli ein gwlad ac - er unwaith eto mae’n bechod nad oes modd i ni fod yn bresennol - rydym yn edrych ymlaen at y cyfle i wylio’r holl gemau ar y BBC.
Yn olaf, diolch yn bersonol i bawb, yn URC a thu hwnt, a ddymunodd yn dda i mi drwy ysgrifennu ataf a gyrru sylwadau yn ymwneud a fy mhenodiad swyddogol fel Prif Swyddog Gweithredol Grŵp URC. Fel y dywedais, rwy’n hynod falch o’r cyfle, ond mae hefyd yn adeg pan wyf yn ymwybodol iawn o'r cyfrifoldeb sydd gennyf am ddyfodol ein gêm genedlaethol.
Gwn fy mod yn gyfartal â'r dasg ac yr wyf yn barod am yr heriau niferus sydd o'n blaenau. Ond, wrth imi setlo i mewn i'r rôl yn llawn amser, un peth hoffwn ofyn o’n clybiau sy’n aelodau ac ardaloedd URC, o'r gêm gymunedol i'r gêm broffesiynol: chi yw rygbi Cymru a chyda'ch cefnogaeth, ymroddiad a brwdfrydedd gall y gêm ddod allan o'r cyfnod hwn a mynd o nerth i nerth yn y blynyddoedd i ddod.
Rwy’n eich gwahodd i ymddiried yn eich Bwrdd, ei gadeirydd a’r staff proffesiynol yn URC i arwain y ffordd, i weithredu gyda'ch gofynion chi wrth wraidd penderfyniadau ac i sicrhau fod popeth wedi ei hystyried yn ein nod i ddiogelu, ymestyn, hyrwyddo a gwthio ein gêm i gyflawni ei photensial yn llawn.
Yr eiddoch mewn rygbi,
Steve Phillips

Prif Swyddog Gweithredol URC

3. Llwybr at Gyfranogiad
Yr wythnos diwethaf cyhoeddwyd ein Llwybr at Gyfranogiad ar gyfer rygbi cymunedol. Mae hwn yn gynllun manwl gyda ffocws cychwynnol ar haf o fformatau hwyliog o'r gêm i helpu i ailgyflwyno chwaraewyr o bob oed yn ôl i rygbi cyswllt. Mae'r cynllun ar fin rhoi hwb i'r gêm genedlaethol yn dilyn effaith ddealladwy pandemig Cofid-19, a sicrhau fod y gêm gymunedol yn dychwelyd yn gryf.
Mae rhywfaint o rygbi eisoes wedi dechrau ar lefel dan 18 oed ac iau. Cyhyd ag y bydd amodau iechyd cyhoeddus yn parhau yn ffafriol, gall gemau rygbi tag a rygbi cyffwrdd i'r chwaraewyr hynny (Dan 18) gael eu caniatáu o 1 Ebrill o fewn eu hardaloedd eu hunain.
Bydd mesurau ynghylch hyfforddiant a gemau yn parhau i fod yn unol â chanllawiau Llywodraeth Cymru. Gall pob lefel o'r gêm, gan gynnwys timau ieuenctid ac uwch dimau (gwrywaidd a benywaidd) edrych ymlaen at ddychwelyd at hyfforddiant cyswllt cyfyngedig wedi'i addasu'n o 1 Mai. O ganol mis Mehefin, gall chwaraewyr o bob oed edrych ymlaen at fis o gemau rygbi saith bob ochr a deg bob ochr yr haf - o dan gyfreithiau wedi'u haddasu
Mae rhagor o fanylion am y Llwybr Saith cam i Gyfranogiad ar gael yma: https://community.wru.wales/2021/03/24/pathway-to-participation/

4. Strategaeth Gymunedol
Mae ein Strategaeth Rygbi Cymunedol, a gaiff ei lansio'n swyddogol yr haf hwn, wedi cynhyrchu tair ffrwd waith cyfredol allweddol: adolygiad o gystadlaethau; adolygiad o raglen Hyb URC ac ymrwymiad cynyddol i 'gydnabod gwirfoddolwyr' yn y gêm gymunedol.
Mae'r rhain yn feysydd twf allweddol y mae clybiau a rhanddeiliaid ar draws y gêm wedi tynnu sylw atom yn ystod ymgynghoriad helaeth dros y 12-18 mis diwethaf ac sydd wedi'u cymeradwyo ar lefel Bwrdd Cymunedol.
Bydd ein Hadolygiad o Gystadlaethau yn edrych ar gynghreiriau domestig a cenedlaethol URC. Mae ein proses ymgynghori gychwynnol gyda chlybiau sy'n aelodau wedi dechrau a bydd gweithdai, cyfarfodydd ac arolygon yn cael eu cynnal dros y misoedd nesaf, a gall partïon â diddordeb eu mynychu.
Nod Adolygiad yr Hyb, fel y crybwyllwyd yn eich Diweddariad Statws URC diwethaf, yw darparu canllawiau clir ar gyfer cam posibl nesaf y Rhaglen Hyb, er mwyn sicrhau bod y cam nesaf hwn yn cyd-fynd â Strategaeth Gymunedol URC ac anghenion Addysgol a Chymunedol ar lawr gwlad yng Nghymru.
Credwn, ers ei sefydlu, fod y Rhaglen Hyb yn un arloesol, ac wedi gwneud gwahaniaeth enfawr i fywydau bobl ifanc mewn lleoliadau addysgol ac yn y gymuned yn ehangach ledled Cymru.
Mae cam cytundebol presennol y Rhaglen Hyb yn dod i ben, ond ein huchelgais o hyd yw tyfu, datblygu a gwella'r Rhaglen Hyb wrth ddiogelu cyfranogiad yn rygbi’r undeb yng Nghymru i’r dyfodol a chefnogi iechyd ein pobl ifanc. Bydd diweddariadau pellach i ddilyn.
Rydym yn gweithio'n galed ar gydnabod gwirfoddolwyr. Gwyddom fod gennym gynifer o unigolion gwych sy’n rhoi o'u hamser i gefnogi gemau clwb mewn llawer o wahanol ffyrdd ledled y wlad. Yr unigolion hyn yw hanfod ein gêm a'n nod yw cynnig cefnogaeth ac ymgysylltu â phob agwedd o rygbi cymunedol er mwyn cydnabod a gwobrwyo eu hymdrechion parhaus. Mae'r cymorth arfaethedig hwn yn agwedd arbennig o bwysig y Strategaeth Gymunedol a fydd yn ein galluogi i barhau i dyfu ein gêm a gwella cynaliadwyedd ar y lefel hon.

5. Menywod Cymru yn ôl yn y gêm
Mae prif hyfforddwr Menywod Cymru Warren Abrahams yn gyffrous i gychwyn ymgyrch y Chwe Gwlad ar ôl 12 mis o gyfnod clô. Dywedai ei fod wedi bod yn 12 mis caled, ond mae'r garfan 'yn barod i fynd.' Maent yn wynebu Ffrainc yn Vannes ddydd Sadwrn (3 Ebrill, 8pm Amser Haf Prydain [BST]) cyn croesawu Iwerddon i Barc yr Arfau Caerdydd ddydd Sadwrn 10 Ebrill (5pm).
Mae'r garfan cryf o 32 yn cynnwys pedair chwaraewraig heb eu capio – maswr y Wasps Flo Williams, prop Y Saraseniaid Donna Rose, y mewnwr o Gaerwysg Megan Davies a mewnwr Sale Sharks Jess Roberts; tra bod y ddeuawd o’r Fyddin Gemma Rowland a Bethan Dainton yn dychwelyd ynghyd â mewnwr Y Saraseniaid Jade Knight.
Mae ail reng Siarcod Sale Teleri Wyn Davies, a enillodd un cap yn erbyn yr Alban yn 2018 hefyd wedi cael ei galw i fyny, ynghyd â dwy o Gaerwysg y gefnwraig Niamh Terry a'r prop Gwenllian Jenkins, a enillodd ddau gap ym mis Tachwedd 2019.
Mae Caryl Thomas a Shona Powell-Hughes hefyd yn ôl - cawsant eu galw'n ôl ar gyfer y gêm yn erbyn yr Alban yn yr hydref a gafodd ei ohirio.
Y gêm yn erbyn Ffrainc fydd y cyntaf i Fenywod Cymru eu chwarae ers mis Mawrth y llynedd, pryd y chwaraeasant Lloegr, ac mae'r cyffro o fewn y garfan yn amlwg.
Fideo: https://www.wru.wales/video/wales-women-announce-six-nations-squad/
Y Stori yn llawn: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/wales-women-six-nations-squad/

6. Rhestr fer y Chwe Gwlad - Cymry yn serennu
Coronwyd Cymru yn bencampwyr Chwe Gwlad Guinness 2021 ddydd Sadwrn ond nid yw carfan Warren Pivac wedi gorffen gyda'r gwobrau eto. Mae’r asgellwr Louis Rees-Zammit and rhif 8 Taulupe Faletau ar y rhestr fer o 6 ar gyfer gwobr chwaraewr y bencampwriaeth.
Yn 20 oed, llwyddodd Rees-Zammit i sgorio 4 cais yn ei bencampwriaeth Chwe Gwlad gyntaf fel rhan o’r garfan a enillodd y bencampwriaeth, twrnament i’w chofio i’r olwr o Gaerloyw. Mae Faletau, chwaraewr o Gaerfaddon sydd wedi chwarae i Lewod Prydain ac Iwerddon ddwywaith, bellach wedi ennill tri theitl Pencampwriaeth y Chwe Gwald, gan gynnwys y Gamp Lawn yn 2012. Fe wnaeth 19 tacl mewn ymgais amddiffynnol arbennig yn erbyn yr Alban, ei enwi fel chwaraewr y gêm yn erbyn Lloegr yn yr ail rownd a diweddodd y twrnament wedi cario’r bel 66 o weithiau (yn drydedd ar y rhestr) ac wedi llwyddo i wneud 77 tacl lwyddiannus (eto yn drydedd ar y rhestr).
Daw cystadleuaeth i’r ddau Gymro ar y rhestr fer gan ddau o dîm Iwerddon Robbie Henshaw a Tadhg Beirne, mewnwr Ffrainc Antoine Dupont, a blaenasgellwr yr Alban Hamish Watson.
Mwy yma: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/rees-zammit-and-faletau-up-for-coveted-six-nations-award/

7. Newyddion Rygbi
Bydd Cwpan yr Enfys Guinness PRO14 yn cychwyn ar benwythnos 24 Ebrill gyda gemau’r tair rownd gyntaf wedi eu cadarnhau.
Bydd tri phenwythnos o gemau darbi yn cael ei ddilyn gan gemau traws hemisffer ble bydd timau Guinness PRO14 yn gwynebu Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks a DHL Stormers am y tro cyntaf erioed.
Manylion yn llawn a’r amserlen i’w weld yma: ;

Yn ystod tymor heriol i gefnogwyr, chwaraewyr a dyfarnwyr rygbi, mae tri swyddog o Gymru wedi gwneud cynnydd sylweddol yn eu hymgais i ddod yn ddyfarnwr prawf a dilyn ôl traed Nigel Owens.
Mae Craig Evans, Adam Jones a Ben Whitehouse i gyd wedi eu penodi gan Rygbi’r Byd fel swyddogion ar gyfer nifer o gystadlaethau. Mae’r tri dyfarnwr wedi cael budd o ddilyn strwythur newydd ar gyfer hyfforddi dyfarnwyr, a chael eu mentora gan gyn-ddyfarnwr prawf o’r Iwerddon Dave McHugh a chyn-ddyfarnwyr URC Robert Davies, Les Peard, Gareth Simmonds, Clayton Thomas ac yn fwy diweddar Nigel Owens.
Mwy yma: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/welsh-referees-make-their-mark/

Mae Llewod Prydain ac Iwerddon a Rygbi De Affrica wedi cadarnhau y bydd Cyfres Castle Lager y Llewod yn Ne Affrica yn cael ei gynnal yn yr haf yn ystod y cyfnod ag amlinellwyd. Cadarnhaodd Bwrdd Y Llewod eu blaenoriaethau â Rygbi De Affrica brynhawn dydd Llun cyn cyfarfodydd dilynol yn gynnar ddydd Mawrth.
Mwy yma: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/lions-confirm-intention-to-tour-south-africa/

Bydd Dydd Sadwrn 27 Mawrth 2021 yn cael ei nodi yn hanes Rygbi Cymru fel diwrnod y dathliad dwbl - y diwrnod y derbyniodd Alun Wyn Jones teitl Chwe Gwlad Guinness 2021 a 50 mlynedd ers Camp Lawn 1971.
Nid oedd tlws ar gyfer tîm llawn talent John Dawes yn 1971. Aethant i Baris i gwblhau eu rhediad, a churo 9-5 mewn gêm gyffrous yn Stade Colombes. Dwy flynedd yn ddiweddarach roeddynt wedi cael gem gyfartal ym Mharis wrth ennill y Goron Driphlyg a'r teitl. Ond wedi iddynt ddychwelyd, roeddynt yn dîm gwahanol, yn benderfynol o ddangos eu doniau i weddill y byd rygbi. Os mai 1969 oedd gwawr y cyfnod euraidd, 1971 oedd y dechreuad!
Mwy: https://www.wru.wales/2021/03/50-up-for-the-1971-grand-slammers/

Mae sawl un o’n clybiau rygbi wedi mynd tu hwnt i’r gofyn yn ystod y pandemig, dyma’r diweddara i gael eu cynnwys yn ‘Dydd Iau Diolch’.
Mae Nicola Garbett a’i chriw o helpwyr o Dreharris wedi dosbarthu prydau bwyd i bobl yn y gymuned tra bo Clwb Rygbi Cymru Caerdydd wedi cadw Cymry ar-lein yn ystod y clô drwy gyfrannu 100 o dabledi Amazon Fire o’r elw o £12,000 a wnaed wrth redeg o amgylch Cymru yn ystod her rithiol.
Fideo: https://community.wru.wales/video/thankyou-thursday/

Yn ddiweddar llwyddodd Amy Rothero i gwblhau prentisiaeth Lefel 3 datblygu rygbi gydag Undeb Rygbi Cymru. Yn dilyn ei phrofiad, penderfynodd Amy i fynd ymlaen ac astudio gradd mewn rheolaeth chwaraeon ym Mhrifysgol Athrofaol Caerdydd. Yn ddiweddar ymddangosodd Amy ar wefan UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Services) yn canmol rhinweddau prentisiaethau URC.
Dywedodd "Yn ifanc iawn roedd gennai ddiddordeb ac angerdd mewn chwaraeon. Yn y coleg, astudiais Ddiploma estynedig BTEC Lefel 3 mewn Chwaraeon. Doedd gennai ddim syniad beth oeddwn i eisiau ei wneud - ond gwyddwn fy mod eisiau dilyn llwybr yn ymwneud a chwaraeon,"
"Doedd gennai ddim syniad beth oedd prentisiaeth. Nid oeddwn yn eu hystyried yn waith go iawn i ddechrau. Erbyn hyn rwy’n gweld fy mod angen y brentisiaeth er mwyn darganfod beth oeddwn i eisiau ei wneud mewn bywyd."
Darllenwch mwy yma: https://www.ucas.com/alternatives/apprenticeships/how-i-got-my-apprenticeship/amy-level-3-rugby-development-apprentice

Cyfaddefodd prif hyfforddwr Cymru Wayne Pivac ei fod wedi cymryd hyd nes ddydd Mercher i ddod dros y siom o beidio ennill y gamp lawn ym Mharis. Ond mae erbyn hyn yn edrych ymlaen at ddyfodol disglair wedi iddynt ddathlu ennill Pencampwriaeth Chwe Gwlad Guinness 2021.
Cafodd y tlws ei gludo o Stade de France i bencadlys Cymru ym Mro Morgannwg wedi buddugoliaeth munud olaf Yr Alban. Yr oedd yr wythnos olaf o’r twrnament yn achosi llu o emosiynau i Pivac, ei staff, chwaraewyr a chefnogwyr rygbi Cymru. Ond wedi iddynt gael gafael ar y tlws, credai’r prif hyfforddwr fod ei garfan ar y trywydd i lwyddiannau parhaus.
Dywedodd cyn i’r tîm godi tlws Chwe Gwlad Guinness a’r Goron Driphlyg, yn dilyn diweddglo dramatig i bencampwriaeth 2021. "Rydym yn cadw llawer o’n hemosiynau i’n hunain. Nid oeddwn eisiau dod o’r tŷ hyd nes y dydd Mercher. Mi ydyn ni am edrych yn ôl â balchder,"
Fideo yma: https://www.wru.wales/video/wales-raise-the-guinness-six-nations-trophy/
Ym mhodlediad diweddara URC mae Alun Wyn Jones a Josh Navidi yn adlewyrchu ar yr hyn a ddigwyddodd ym Mharis. Mae hefyd yn cynnwys cadeirydd URC Rob Butcher a Prif Swyddog Gweithredol URC Steve Phillips: https://www.wru.wales/audio/welsh-rugby-union-podcast-12-2021Clywn hefyd gan Warren Abrahams a’r capten Siwan Lillicrap am garfan Menywod Cymru ar gyfer y Chwe Gwlad, ac yn edrych ar ddiwedd tymor y PRO14.

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