London Irish and Pontypridd have announced their teams for Saturdays PARKER PEN SHIELD semi-final to be played at the Kassam Stadium Oxford.
London Irish make three changes to the starting line up that won the Prestigious Powergen Cup last weekend. Neal Hatley takes over at loose head prop from Mike Worsley who is injured. Squad rotation sees Richard Kirke and Simon Halford starting in place of Naka Drotske and Rob Hardwick respectively.
Lyn Howells has named a strong Pontypridd side which includes Wales A captain Mefin Davies, and PARKER PEN ever present Paul John.
15 Michael Horak 14 Paul Sackey 13 Geoff Appleford12 Brendan Venter 11 Justin Bishop 10 Barry Everitt 9 Hentie Martens 1 Neal Hatley 2 Richard Kirke 3 Simon Halford 4 Ryan Strudwick (captain) 5 Steve Williams 6 Eddie Halvey7 Declan Danaher 8 Chris Sheasby
Replacements16 Darren Edwards 17 James brown 18 Rob Hoadley 19 James Cockle 20 Naka Drotske 21 Glenn Delaney 22 Rob Hardwick
15 Brett Davey 14 Gareth Wyatt 13 Sonny Parker 12 Jon Bryant 11 Nigel Simpson
10 Ceri Sweeney 9 Paul John 1 Gethin Jenkins 2 Mefin Davies 3 Duncan Bell 4 Brent Cockbain 5 Robert Sidoli 6 Nick Kelly 7 Richard Parks 8 Michael Owen
16 Gareth Baber 17 Jason Lewis 18 Alex Lawson 19 Matthew Rees 20 Sven Cronk / Lloyd Howell 21 Dale McIntosh / Richard Field 22 Glen Remnant
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'.