Wales Schools Under16 opened their season with an A team victory over Italy A by 16-13 in Calvisano, while the squad will play a full international tomorrow (Saturday) against Italy at the same venue. The A side followed their wins of last season over England by 18-3 and 22-16 with another solid performance and led 2-1 on the try-count.
It was 8-3 at the interval with a try by wing Darren Daniel and a penalty by fly half Aaron Hopkins, but Italy closed to 8-6 when flanker Ross Johnson crossed for a try to put Wales ahead at 13-6. Italy scored a converted try to level the scores only for Hopkins to kick the winning penalty.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.