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).
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.