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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.