Newport To Select From 24-man Squad For Glasgow Challenge
1 May 2002 17:36pm
Newport coach Ian McIntosh will take a 24-strong squad to Scotland for Friday night's crucial Welsh/Scottish League clash with Glasgow at Hughendon (kick-off 7.30 pm).
Despite their recent losing run, Newport are still in the hunt for the league title with three games left to play. After Glasgow on Friday night, the black and ambers face Pontypridd and Bridgend at home next week.
"There are still a few twists and turns left in the title race and the players believe that if they can regain their best form and win the final three games they could still challenge for the title," said Newport team manager Jim McCreedy.
"The players know they have to win all three games to stand any chance of returning to the top of the table and that is the goal."
Newport Squad (v Glasgow): Emyr Lewis, James Rowles, Matt Mostyn, Hal Luscombe, Scott Williams, Ben Breeze, Jason Strange, Shane Howarth, Llyr Lane,
Matthew Thomas; Rod Snow, Ceri Jones, Paul Young, James Richards, Chris
Anthony, Adrian Garvey, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Ian Gough, Mike Voyle,
Joe Powell, Peter Buxton, Andy Powell, Jason Forster, Gareth Gravell.
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'.