Wealth Of Talent For Ruddock To Work With In Wales A Squad
19 January 2002 12:33pm
Wales A coach Mike Ruddock will have 19 full internationals to work with in his 38-man squad preparing for the Six Nations A Championship match against Irealnd A in Cork on Saturday, 2 February.
Gareth Thomas, who lost his place in the full Wales line-up, is included in the squad, but there are no places for other players axed like flanker Colin Charvis, Swansea lock Andy Moore and prop Darren Morris.
WALES A SQUAD
BACKS: Matthew James (Ebbw Vale), Adrian Durston (Bridgend), Mark Jones (Llanelli), Anthony Sullivan (Cardiff), Gareth Wyatt (Pontypridd), Matthew Watkins (Newport), Gareth Thomas (Bridgend), Shane Williams (Neath), Ben Breeze (Newport), John Bryant (Pontypridd), Tom Shanklin (Saracens), Leigh Davies (Llanelli), Jon Pritchard (Newport), Lee Jarvis (Neath), Craig Warlow (Bridgend), Gareth Cooper (Bath), Andy Moore (Neath), Darren Edwards (London Irish).
FORWARDS: Iestyn Thomas (Ebbw Vale), Gethin Jenkins (Pontypridd), Martyn Madden (Llanelli), Andrew Millward (Neath), Martin Jones (Ebbw Vale), Mefin Davies (Pontypridd), Gareth Williams (Bridgend), Leyton Phillips (Ebbw Vale), Mike Voyle (Newport), James Griffiths (Swansea), Michael Owen (Pontypridd), Neil Edwards (Ebbw Vale), Chay Billen (Ebbw Vale), Deiniol Jones (Bridgend), Gavin Thomas (Bath), Geraint Lewis (Swansea), Nathan Thomas (Bath), Will Thomas (Ebbw Vale), Jamie Ringer (Bridgned), Alix Popham (Newport).
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The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.