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S4C’s Stwnsh kicks off Rugby World Cup fever with new series

With the Rugby World Cup fast approaching, S4C series CIC (Kick) returns with a brand new series for all young rugby fans.

The series returns on the first day of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Friday 20 September at 5.40pm and continues every Friday on S4C’s Stwnsh service for children and young people.

RGC (Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404) player Billy McBryde joins presenter Heledd Anna to host the series, CIC.

Among the Wales stars to appear in the series are Gareth Davies, Liam Williams, Josh Adams, Carys Phillips, Elinor Snowsill, Jonathan Davies, Dan Biggar, Owen Watkin, Hadleigh Parkes, Siwan Lillicrap, Dillon Lewis and Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde.

The new series follows the success of the first series which focused on football and won a BAFTA Cymru award for Best Children’s Show 2018. Former footballer Owain Tudur Jones presented the first series with Heledd.

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Heledd and Billy will explore other rugby-based activities and competing in Underwater Rugby, Beach Rugby, Wheelchair Rugby and Rugby Golf.

Wales and Scarlets outside-half Rhys Patchell will also offer step-by-step guides to improving rugby skills each week.

“It’s great that there’s a rugby series for young people on TV to coincide with the Rugby World Cup. There’s so much excitement ahead of Warren Gatland and his coaching team’s final campaign and CIC has filmed with many of the international players,” explains Billy McBryde, who won the Grand Slam with Wales Under 20s and has played for Wales Sevens.

“One of the strangest experiences I had whilst filming was interviewing my Dad (Robin McBryde). We couldn’t stop laughing and we couldn’t take each other seriously. I’m sure there are plenty of outtakes from that item!“

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Boom Plant, the production company responsible for CIC, has worked closely with the Welsh Rugby Union and the Welsh rugby regions to create the series.

“We’ve been to some of the biggest clubs in Wales and England to meet the star players at their clubs,” adds Heledd who has also presented adventure series Y Gemau Gwyllt.

“One of the best filming experiences we had was filming underwater rugby! It was difficult to breathe with a snorkel and on top of that you had rugby players swimming towards you to tackle you under water. I have a lot of respect for the teams because it was hard work.”

CIC covers everything – top tips on training from the pros, a behind the scenes look on match days, how to form the best scrums and line-outs, and what foods to eat or avoid to reach the top – plus Liam Williams gets a Welsh lesson on all rugby terms. And, each week CIC will profile youth rugby teams from all over the country and challenge their skills in a special passing competition.

  • Every Friday at 5.40pm
  • Starts 20 September 2019
  • On demand: S4C Clic; BBC iPlayer and other platforms
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