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.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.