Many of the squad are graduates of last seasons Wales U16 team and have 2 years left at this age group. The majority are new to rugby within the last 3 years and it is down to the development of the game that these players have the opportunity of turning the English over on their own soil next month.
The WWRU have arranged 2 warm up games against Sweden at Waunarlwydd on April 1st and at Llandaff North on April 3rd where they can finalise their team and try several different combinations before they face England.
With an impressively big pack and pace out wide, Wales will be looking to play an expansive brand of rugby. Senior internationals Kerry Jenkins and Rhian Wilmott are still eligible for this age group and whilst they have the Six Nations on their mind at present they may come back in to the reckoning for the game on April 14th.
Director of Women's Rugby Richard Hodges commented: " Having announced a 34 strong U16 squad last week, we are pleased to put another international squad out at U19 level to represent Wales. The whole game is developing rapidly and there is no sterner test in women's rugby at present than taking on England but we are quietly confident."
WALES U19 SQUAD
Stacie Hardie (All Llandaff North)
Christie Thompson (Blaenau Gwent)
Marie Bancroft (UWIC)
Kathryn Sharp (Waunarlwydd)
Catrin Roberts (Caernarfon)
Vanessa Waite (Tylorstown)
Eirlys Lougher (Llandeilo)
Becky Davies (Builth Wells)
Amy Evans (Torfaen)
Ellen Evans (Dolgellau)
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.