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
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.