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).
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.