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).
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.