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).
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
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.