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.
The last five years have been an emotional rollercoaster on and off the pitch for RGC1404. Promotion to the Principality Premiership was the culmination of five years of hard work and investment in North Wales. WRU TV caught up with prop Joe Simpson, who was one of the first intake of WRU North Wales Academy players in 2010.
Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
Wales U20 captain Tom Phillips and performance psychologist Dr Rich Neil explain why spending three days at Monmouth RFC has further strengthened the togetherness of the squad ahead of the #WorldRugbyU20s