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Nigel Owens offers help to rugby clubs devastated by Storm Dennis flooding

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Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens has offered to help clubs affected by flooding from Storm Dennis.

On social media, Owens made the offer to give clubs signed jerseys for them to auction off.

This comes as rugby pitches and clubhouses across south Wales were hit by rising flood waters, with Cross Keys and Bedwas RFC seeing some of the worst damage.

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Cross Keys RFC saw their pitch and clubhouse flooded after Wales saw a month worth of rain in just 48 hours.

They were supported in their clean-up by players and staff at the Dragons.

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Bedwas RFC has launched a fundraising campaign saying their insurance will not cover flood damage.

The club says there has been tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage and the community has pulled together to help in their clean-up.

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The Welsh Rugby Union says they are putting a plan in place to support affected rugby clubs.

After witnessing the impact of ‘Storm Dennis’ on a number of clubs this weekend, the WRU is in the process of working with those affected to understand their situation. This will be discussed at the Community Rugby Board meeting scheduled for the 18th of February and an action plan will be agreed as soon as the extent of the damage to clubs is clear.

We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of club volunteers, the Welsh Rugby family and their wider communities in response to those affected.

– Welsh Rugby Union statement

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