Taylor Plays For Wales As England Pick New Half-backs
20 March 2002 17:16pm
Rugby League converts Phil Jones and Wes Davies could find themselves in opposition when England A meet Wales A at Bristol's Ashotn Gate on Friday, 22 March (kick-off 7.30 pm).
The former Wigan team mates, who are currently playing for Orrell, will be on other sides of the field as Jones makes his England A debut at outside half and Davies makes the wales replacements bench for the first time.
The grandson of the great Wigan and Great Britain rugby league wing Billy Boston, Davies is already a Welsh rugby league international and has been playing at full back for Orrell.
Swansea and Lions centre Mark Taylor finds himself thrust back into the international arena after only one game for his club following almost eight months on the sideline after a knee operation.
He forms a new centre partnership with Pontypridd's John Bryant, with Newport's Matthew Watkins switching to the left wing.
Wales have lost Gareth Thomas and Gareth Llewellyn to the senior Wales side, while England coach Ged Glynn has had NEC Harlequins scrum half Nick Duncombe given to him to fill the No 9 jersey for the first time.
While England are seeking their first win in this season's Six Nations A Championship after a draw in Scotland and defeats at the hands of Ireland and France.
Wales, on the other hand, have recovered from their eight try beating in Ireland to beat both France and Italy at home.
While Duncombe and Jones will form a new half-back partnership for England, Glynn has also given Leeds Tykes wing Dan Scarbrough a first cap on the left wing.
ENGLAND A (v Wales A)
Paul Sampson (London Wasps); Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks), Fraser Waters (London Wasps), Ben Johnston (Saracens), Dan Scarbrough (Leeds Tykes); Phil Jones (Orrell), Nick Duncombe (NEC Harlequins); Trevor Woodman (Gloucester)
, Mark Regan (Bath), Ricky Nebbett (Leicester Tigers), Tom Palmer (Leeds Tykes), Steve Borthwick (Bath, captain), Will Johnson (Leicester Tigers), James Forrester (Gloucester), Adam Balding (Leicester Tigers) Replacements: (from) Nick Walshe (Saracens), Andy Goode (Leicester Tigers), Phil Christophers (Bristol Shoguns), Steve Booth (Leicester Tigers), Chris Fortey (Gloucester), Mike Shelley (Leeds Tykes), Mark Cornwell (Gloucester), Paul Gustard (London Irish)
Adrian Durston (Bridgend); Gareth Wyatt(Pontypridd), Mark Taylor (Swansea),
John Bryant (Pontypridd), Matthew Watkins (Newport); Lee Jarvis (Neath),
Andy Moore (Neath); Duncan Jones (Neath), Mefin Davies (Pontypridd), Andrew Millward (Neath), Robert Sidoli(Pontypridd), Neil Edwards (Ebbw Vale),
Michael Owen (Pontypridd), Brett Sinkinson (Neath), Nathan Bonner Evans(Neath)
Replacements: Gareth Williams (Bridgend), Martyn Madden (Llanelli),
Vernon Cooper (Llanelli), Garvin Thomas(Bath), Ryan Powell (Cardiff), Craig Warlow (Bridgend)/Ceri Sweeney (Pontypridd), Wes Davies (Orrell).
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'.