Ten days before the Six Nations clash between Wales and Italy, the Italy u-18's have pointed the way for the senior side, by beating Wales Youth 23-15 in the opening game of this years 'International Quadrangular Tournament' in Portugal. The tournament involving youth sides from Wales, Italy, Spain and Portugal
The Italian under 18side performed Well against a Welsh Youth side that has remained unbeaten in this tournament since its inception in 1999.
The Wales Youth side, although looking powerful in the forwards, struggled to defend against skilful and incisive Italian play, and it was a good win for the Italian u-18s.
"Full credit to the Italians who are proving themselves increasing more and more difficult opponents
"We played in patches and were very disjointed behind the scrum' Said Wales Youth secretary Roger Thomas.
Wales Youth scorers
Tries: A.Kingdom, P de Synder: con T.Marks; pen-C Evans.
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.
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'.