Wales Schools face a stern test when they take on New Zealand, at the South Wales Police ground, Warterton Cross, Bridgend, on Tuesday January 15, kick off 7.15pm.
Wales coach David Rees, speaking of his sides 23-22 defeat against the Australian schools at Swansea last month, said...
"We should have won it, but just came up short. We could and should have become the first Welsh team to beat an Austrialian schools side in Wales.
"The mere fact that we are talking about defeating them shows how we approached the game. I have confidence that the squad will now do well against New Zealand"
New Zealand began their Northern Hemisphere tour with a 33-18 victory over England in Newbury.
Llanharan ref Phil Fear was the man in charge, he said...
"Surprisingly, they were not good in the scrummage, but rucked and mauled in true All black style. One man to watch is winger Joe Rokococo, who his teammates called 'Jonah', partly because of the fact that he is 6'13'' and over 15 stones in weight".
There are eight changes to the Wales side that faced Austrailia. Full back Tom Williams of Wellington college is missing due to exams.
Forwards Mark Popham (broken jaw) and Carl Harrison (broken arm) were the others unavilable for selection.
The side is...
Cerion Thomas(Llanelli);David Tame(Cardiff),Richard Payne(Newport),Lee Thomas(Cardiff), Gareth John(Aberavon);Nick MacLeod(Cardiff),Richard Morgan(Aberavon);Ian Geogre(Newport),Huw Bennett(Swansea), Ioan Ohlssen(Swansea), Johnathan Mills (Colston's), Luke Chariers(Newport), Ioan Cunningham(Llanelli)(capt),James Malpas(Cardiff), Richie Pugh(Swansea).
Adrian Williams (llanelli), Matthew Jones(Maesteg), Kieoron Crawford(Ebbw Vale) Natham Williams(LLandovery College) John Yapp(Cardiff), Chris Waring(Saracens)David Tovey(Newport).
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
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.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.