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).
The WRU has teamed up with Crawshay's to tour Georgia in June. The side, which will be called the Crawshays WRU President's XV, will play Emerging Georgia twice, in a tour which supports the Welsh Government's efforts to grow relations between the two countries.
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.