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Rugby match called off because of collapsed mineshaft

Credit: Media Wales

A rugby match last Saturday was called off because of a collapsed mineshaft.

It was a Division Three West Central C clash between Furnace and Cefneithen.

It led to a terse statement from Cefneithen when Llanelli-based Furnace informed them their ground on Castle Colliery Road, in the town, had pools of water on it that got onto the playing surface from a collapsed shaft nearby.

Cefneithen are the Welsh club who have only played four games this season because their games keep getting called off for a range of reasons, including a clash with Wales' autumn internationals, ground conditions, opposition unable to raise teams and even a wedding.

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But Furnace have hit back at Cefneithen - the home club of Barry John and Carwyn James - and insist there were 'genuine' reasons for calling the match off.

Our WRU rep and the chairman have had discussions and we've a meeting at the end of the week. The Union are not going to impose any sanctions as this was a genuine case for calling the game off.

We've had problems with the National Coal Board mineshafts and sewers there before. Because of the rain we had water on the field from the collapsed shaft sewer.

We weren't happy with the tweeting going on.

This was a genuine case to call the game off and social media can be a bit naughty at times.

Our field is built on old mine workings with lots of sewers and soakaways and we've got man-holes in the area seven or eight foot in diameter.

The NCB have come out and carried out repairs before so we can get back playing again.

– Kevin Jones, Furnace RFC secretary