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).
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.