Wales Deaf played their first international since winning the World
Championship in New Zealand last year, but fell to a 14-11 defeat against
England Deaf at Newbury RFC.
Wales led by 11-3 having scored a try by Nigel Francis and added two penalty
goals, but England, who had kicked an early penalty, landed two more before
gaining a winning unconverted try.
James Evans led Wales, who had gained wins in warm-up matches over
Shelbourne Pilgrims at Bath RFC by 33-19 and Pontyclun RFC by 27-21. For
England, it was only their second international, having earlier this season
lost to France by 16-3.
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference