Wales Schools Under 16s will be looking to complete their Wellington Festival with a flourish against England South U16 this afternoon.
The Welsh side were involved in a thriller on Wednesday against England Under 16s in a capped international. In a try-fest, England edged out Wales 39-34, sharing a total of 10 tries in a wonderful advertisement for rugby at this age grade.
Wales conceded three soft tries in the first half to hand the initiative to England but in the second half Wales showed great determination, desire and plenty of skill to give the red rose brigade a real fright.
Tyler Morgan and Ellis Wyn Benham scored first half tries for Wales with Daniel Jones adding a conversion and a penalty as Wales trailed 31-15 at the break.
Dillon Lewis scored three minutes after the break to reduce the arrears and with Jnes adding the extras, there was only nine points in it but England seemed to have wrapped up matters with a penalty and further try to shoot out to a 39-22 lead but Wales wouldn't roll over.
Benham scored his second try of the match before Joe Thomas got in on the act six minutes from time. With Jones's conversion, Wales were just five points short of England, but time conspired against them as the red rose brigade held out.
Wales have played USA and France already in the Wellington Festival before they played England in a one-off Test on Wednesday, before resuming their festival fixtures this afternoon against England South U16.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.