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.
The annual Women's club launch was held at the Wales Centre of Excellence where National Women's Head Coach and Programme Lead Rhys Edwards, Competition Secretary Adrian Howell and Cardiff Met player Ffion Jones express eagerness for the new campaign to get under way.
WRU TV follows Wales' RWC training squad on day one of their camp in North Wales. The squad were greeted to an official welcome in Colwyn Bay and then headed for an afternoon of team building at ZipWorld