Schools and Colleges descend on Millennium Stadium
1 April 2014 16:53pm
By Liz Jones
The first of four schools and colleges finals days to take centre stage at the Millennium Stadium during April takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 2 April), with the Inter Schools Under 11 Final and the Welsh Schools Under 18 Cup Final.
In the first game, which kicks off at 1pm, Pontyclun Primary School take on Langstone Primary while at 2.30pm, the S4C cameras will be focussed on the game between Ysgol Preseli v Llanishen High. S4C will be showing the game live on their website with extended highlights on Rygby Pawb at 22.30 tomorrow evening.
It's the second visit to the Millennium Stadium for Llanishen who lost in the final to Bro Morgannwg three years ago. They have beaten Barry Comprehensive, Treorchy Comprehensive, Ysgol y Cymer and Ysgol Glantaf on their way to this highly anticipated occasion at the home of Welsh rugby
It's the first time Ysgol y Preseli have made it this far in the Schools Cup Final, although they won the Vase competition three years ago, beating Ysgol Plasmawr in the final. They have reached the final by notching four wins away from home - against Ysgol Gyfun Dyffryn Teifi, Coleg Brecon, Ysgol y Strade and Bryntirion Comprehensive.
On Saturday (5 April) , the Under 14 Inter School Final takes place at 11am while at 1.30pm, Rhondda Schools take on Cardiff Schools in the Dewar Shield Under 15s Final.
Next Wednesday (9 April), the Welsh Schools Under 16 Final takes place at 2.30pm, followed by the 18th Varsity match between Cardiff and Swansea University at 7.30pm. Both games will be streamed live on s4c.co.uk with extended highlights of the Under 16 final shown on Rygbi Pawb at 22.30 that evening and a repeat of the Varsity game in full shown at 23.35.
Then on Wednesday 30 April, the DC Thomas District Under 11 Final takes place at 4pm ahead of the final of the WRU Wednesday Under 18 League, which sees Coleg y Cymoedd take on Coleg Sir Gar at 5.45pm, broadcast live on S4C's TV channel.
WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey said, "Schools and Colleges rugby form a key part of our rugby strategy moving forward and we are delighted to be able to give these finalists the prestige of playing on the hallowed turf of the Millennium Stadium. We are indebted to the support that our broadcast partner S4C has given to schools' and colleges' rugby this season, not only by broadcasting the WRU Wednesday Under 18 League but in showcasing other levels of schools and Under 18 rugby too and we hope to build on that platform moving forward."
Keith Phillips of the Welsh Schools' Rugby Union Senior Group said, "It's fantastic that the WRU is hosting these schools finals at the Millennium Stadium, it really raises the profile of schools rugby to get television coverage is a huge boost. The games that have been televised this season have been a great advert for schools and colleges rugby, in particular they have reflected a great level of sportsmanship and good discipline that is pleasing to see."
Entry to the finals tomorrow (Wednesday) and Saturday is free with gates open 30 minutes before kick-off. Go to welshvarsity.com for information on Varsity tickets
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Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
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