UWIC will look to experienced scrummager Catrin Edwards to shine against current champions Loughborough University in the BUSA Halifax Championship final tomorrow, Twickenham (kick-off 12.30pm).
Welsh prop Edwards was unofficially 'man of the match' during the Six Nations international on Sunday. Despite a 40-0 score line in favour of the English, the prop gained her first full cap with a solid performance in set play and an intense work rate around the pitch.
UWIC last faced Loughborough in the tournament's semi-finals, last year. The match was drawn at 19-19 at full time, and Loughborough went through to the finals on try-count. The squads selected by both UWIC and Loughborough to represent their university in this year's BUSA Halifax Women's Rugby Union Championship Final at Twickenham include some very high calibre players. The majority of UWIC's team also play for Wales at various levels, while Loughborough's ladies number several England academy members. Given the calibre of these two evenly matched teams, this year's BUSA Halifax Championship final should prove to be a very competitive and exciting match.
UWIC: Jilly Holroyd, Hayley Baxter, Rebecca Stroud, Emily Ryall, Amber Penrith, Elaine Radcliffe, Kerry Jenkins, Catrin Edwards, Nicola John, Jennifer Ann Davies, Samantha Mason, Rebecca Dando, Catrina Nicholas, Emma Hawkes, Zoe Eaton
Replacements: Marie Bancroft, An Other, Laura Bishop, Beth Sewell, Sian Hughes, Kate Wilmott, Natalie Probert
Loughborough: Charlotte Barras, Faye Riley, Maxine Dix, Kim Shaylor, Jo Blackmore, Rachel Brennan, Laura Prosser, Rachel Kerr, Pippa Crews, Gemma Paul, Amanda Clarke, Sarah Cotterill, Di Lewis, Gemma Nunnerley, Karen Harris
Replacements: Leah Radstone, Emma Wareham, Laura Humber, Lucy Hall, Sally Brown, Sabrina Stockdale, Marianne Miller
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'.