Coaches Chris Davey and Kevin Hopkins have selected four of last season's winning WRU Presidents Under-21 squad for the annual fixture against the
Nike New Zealand Youth XV to be played at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday (kick-off 7.00pm).
The President's team were 28-7 victors last season. New skipper Richie Pugh, hooker Kieran Crawford, centre David Bishop and full back Matthew Nuthall
are the survivors from last season's win..
Those four, plus Luke Charteris, James Malpas and James Merriman have all won caps for Wales at this level, while their there is place for the exciting Llandovery wing Ifan Evans, who played last season with Aberystwyth.
The WRU President's Under-21 team is: Matthew Nuthall (Warriors); Ifan Evans (Llandovery), David Bishop (Warriors), Lee Thomas (Warriors), Richard Fussell (Pontypridd); Gareth McCarthy (Cardiff), Rhodri Wells (Ospreys); Cai Griffiths (Neath), Kieran Crawford (Dragons), Nathan Williams (Scarlets), Ian Evans (Pontypridd), Luke Charteris (Dragons), Richard Dale (Newport), James Malpas (Blues), Richie Pugh (Ospreys, captain).
Replacements: Scott Roberts (Pontypridd), Will Kay (Newcastle Falcons), Gavin Quinnell (Llanelli), James Merriman (Gloucester), Richie Rees (Swansea), Matthew Jones (Ospreys), Richard Payne (Newport).
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'.