Wales defeated New Zealand by 11-5 in a rugby international played on Saturday at Eden Park, Auckland in the Inaugural Deaf Rugby World Championship.
The victory was the first for Wales in New Zealand since the Wales Senior Schools gained a 17-11 win at Christchurch in 1990.
It was a massive effort by the Wales Deaf side and Richard Evans of Cwmavon, their skipper, controlled affairs at fly half aided by a splendid display from his half-back partner Ioan Jones of Trimsaran.
The Wales squad had their international jerseys presented to them by Graham Henry, the fomer Wales coach, before the match and quickly went in front when Brecon centre Mark Withey crossed for a try.
Evans increased the lead with a penalty before the interval and added a similar score early in the second half before New Zealand hit back with corner try by wing Michael May.
As New Zealand attacked strongly, flanker Neil Billingham retired with a cut head, but Wales tackled well to hold on to their lead and centre Luke Blackburn was able to celebrate his 23rd birthday.
S Lloyd (Penygraig); N Francis (Bath Univ), M Withey (Brecon), L Blackburn (Abbey), A P Davies (Llandybie); R Evans (Cwmavon, capt), I Jones (Trimsaran); C Retcliffe (Eppingham), Jason Evans (Dunvant), A Lloyd (Ynysybwl), T Hughes (Maesteg Quins), P Galtry (Blaengarw), N Billingham (Penygraig), James Evans (Birchgrove), A Rees (Haywards Heath).
S Burnett, A Lewis (Maesteg Quins), R Watkins (St Julians), A M Davies (Cardiff Acads), P Watts, A Alderman (Buckfastleigh), C Haddock (Cwmbran).
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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
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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.
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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.