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.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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