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#201 Swansea Jack

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 09:22 AM

I recently experienced the great family atmosphere when attending the Crusaders v, Rochdale match. I wish North Wales every success in the Bowl Final. Keep building Rugby League in your area. You,re doing a great job.



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

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World Cup Family Stand tickets almost gone

 

 

Rugby League World Cup organisers in Neath are delighted to announce that the Family Stand at The Gnoll has virtually sold out for the Wales v Cook Islands match on Sunday 11th November (kick-off 2pm).

Just 22 tickets remain for this stand, the cheapest price bracket in regards to seating, but they are no longer available from the Rugby League World Cup website. These can only be bought from the official Neath RFC and South Wales Scorpions websites.

This news comes less than two weeks before the actual World Cup trophy arrives in Neath as part of the UK-wide trophy tour.

The Family Stand tickets have been snapped up mainly by school parties following a surge of interest as news of the trophy coming to The Gnoll escalates.

Phil Davies, chairman of South Wales Scorpions and Neath RFC, said: “We’re delighted that the Family Stand for Wales v Cooks Islands is close to selling out. It shows that popularity for the World Cup in Neath is increasing, especially amongst schools.

“As a result of this, sales in other areas are also increasing, The Town End ‘shed’ terrace behind the goal is going well and there are just 415 tickets available in the Grandstand.

“We are confident that we will have a sell out before the day of the match and we advise all fans to buy their tickets sooner rather than later.

“In the meantime, if you want to have your photo taken with the actual World Cup trophy, please turn up at The Gnoll on Sunday 28th July for South Wales Scorpions’ match against Gateshead Thunder which kicks off at the earlier time of 1pm. We’re expecting a big interest so you can book your photographs for free on our website www.scorpionsrl.com.”


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#203 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 12:03 PM

FROM THE NEATH RUGBY UNION WEBSITE

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World Cup Family Stand tickets almost gone  

Rugby League World Cup organisers in Neath are delighted to announce that the Family Stand at The Gnoll has virtually sold out for the Wales v Cook Islands match on Sunday 11th November (kick-off 2pm).

Just 22 tickets remain for this stand, the cheapest price bracket in regards to seating, but they are no longer available from the Rugby League World Cup website. These can only be bought from the official Neath RFC and South Wales Scorpions websites.

This news comes less than two weeks before the actual World Cup trophy arrives in Neath as part of the UK-wide trophy tour.

The Family Stand tickets have been snapped up mainly by school parties following a surge of interest as news of the trophy coming to The Gnoll escalates.

Phil Davies, chairman of South Wales Scorpions and Neath RFC, said: “We’re delighted that the Family Stand for Wales v Cooks Islands is close to selling out. It shows that popularity for the World Cup in Neath is increasing, especially amongst schools.

“As a result of this, sales in other areas are also increasing, The Town End ‘shed’ terrace behind the goal is going well and there are just 415 tickets available in the Grandstand.

“We are confident that we will have a sell out before the day of the match and we advise all fans to buy their tickets sooner rather than later.

“In the meantime, if you want to have your photo taken with the actual World Cup trophy, please turn up at The Gnoll on Sunday 28th July for South Wales Scorpions’ match against Gateshead Thunder which kicks off at the earlier time of 1pm. We’re expecting a big interest so you can book your photographs for free on our website www.scorpionsrl.com.”

 



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 12:24 PM

 
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WINNING the Northern Rail Bowl would be ‘awesome’, according to North Wales Crusaders’ utility back Stuart Reardon.

The former Bradford winger knows all about playing in finals having turned in a man-of-the-match performance for the Bulls in the 2003 Super League Grand Final to win the Harry Sunderland Trophy.

And just last year Reardon helped French club Carcassonne to a cup and Grand Final double.

Despite those successes, Reardon says it will give him as much pleasure to help the Wrexham-based side win their first piece of silverware against London Skolars at Halifax on Saturday.

“Every final, big or small, it’s the same. It wouldn’t matter to me if it were amateur,” he said.

“Everyone plays sport to win, there’s that winning mentality. It would be awesome to win it with Crusaders.

“The fans will be excited; they’re not used to being in finals.

“It will be nice to get them some silverware after what happened with the Super League club a few years ago.”

The Crusaders sit in second place of the Championship One table with just one defeat.

But even that surprise loss to Hemel Stags a month ago, Reardon sees as a positive.

“Sometimes a loss can do you good,” he said. “We were beating sides quite convincingly and you can get a bit carried away.

“So we know what it feels like to be down and not always on the up.”

Due to the way the fixtures have fallen they haven’t had a match since the 48-0 thrashing of Rochdale Hornets on June 30 so could this long lay-off without any match action affect them in the final?

“We’ve been training really hard and got a good conditioner,” says Reardon. “I would have thought it would benefit us. We’ve rested up rather than getting knocks and bangs every week.

“We’ve been playing really well; we’re a strong side so we’ll be going into the game with confidence. Everyone is really excited to be in the final, we’re looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, London Skolars’ head coach Joe Mbu insists that his side’s 44-6 defeat to Crusaders at The Racecourse in April will hold no bearing on the outcome of Saturday’s result.

He said: “It was early in the season and we’d lost certain key players.

“This time round we’re in a better position and I’m sure the result will be different.”

On a first ever final for Skolars, Mbu added: “It’s a big day all round but the main thing for me is for everyone at the club to enjoy this.”



#205 Yakstorm

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:51 AM

Great news about Neath, and we know Cardiff is ticking over, do we have any idea how Wrexham is selling for their two matches? Be great for League in Wales for the Welsh to play all their home games on front of full venues.
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#206 Jim from Oz

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:33 AM

How many has Cardiff ticked over to???



#207 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 11:30 AM

A dominant final half hour earned North Wales Crusaders victory in the first ever Northern Rail Bowl final against plucky London Skolars.

The capital club were in the game for long periods, and hit the front for the first time through Dylan Skee's penalty on 48 minutes at The Shay.

But North Wales' response to falling behind proved too much for Skolars, with Clive Griffiths' side justifying their tags as favourites for promotion to the Championship by claiming the first piece of silverware of the season with a 42-24 victory.

It added yet another headline to the short, yet eventful history of the Crusaders, who reformed as North Wales at the beginning of last season following the demise of the Crusaders Super League franchise.

It was a cagey start to the game as both of these Championship 1 clubs felt each other out, in the clash of the two winners from the group stages of this season's Northern Rail Cup.

Skolars had the best of the possession and field position in the first 10 minutes, and they came close to a try when Mike Bishay's chip in to the in-goal area caused problems for the North Wales defence, but the video referee replays showed that Andy Moulsdale had got the ball dead just in time.

That seemed to wake the Welsh side up, and they grabbed the first points through Tommy Johnson on the quarter of an hour mark.

Skolars responded within three minutes, Dylan Skee forcing a repeat set with a smart kick and dual-registered London Bronco Erjon Dollapi finding a gap in the line to touch down.

The introduction of forward trio Ryan McDonald, Owain Brown and the excellent Jono Smith swung the match in the Welsh side's favour, coupled with excellent kicking from stand-off Andy Moulsdale.

A big drive from Smith set the platform for a fine Moulsdale kick to the corner, and as a Skolars defender looked to usher it dead, Christian Roets never gave it up, and managed to touch it down before the dead ball line for 12-6.

The platform for the next try came from a McDonald drive, before Smith's charging run and offload set up Moulsdale for a simple score. Johnson missed the extras, to leave the score at 16-6.

But London dug in, and they finished the first half strongest, and clawed their way back in to it.

A poor read by McDonald on James Anthony created the space for Louis Robinson to weave his way in near the posts, and straight from the kick-off, SKolars broke down the right through Michael Worrincy, and then shifted the ball left for Ade Adebisi to touch down in the corner, and level things up at 16 all at half time.

The two expansion sides had served up an entertaining 40 minutes, and the game was finely poised as the second half began.

Consecutive penalties handed Skolars field position, and after North Wales were pinned for stripping out and dissent, Skee took a shot at goal to give them the lead for the first time on 48 minutes.

But the game turned once again. From the kick-off, the ball came back off the crossbar to give North Wales unexpected field position.

After Smith had been denied a try close to the line, Gary Middlehurst weaved through off Jamie Dallimore's pass to edge them back in front at 20-18.

The game was there for the taking, and just after the hour, Dave McConnell spun over after running out of options to pass at dummy half, and Tommy Johnson's conversion made it a two-score game.

Dallimore took the game to London, and showed a fine turn of pace only to be denied close to the line, but moments later he sent Middlehurst on a charge and Rob Massam scored in the corner for the gamebreaker.

As Skolars tired, further tries were scored by Steven Bannister and Dan Birkett, either side of a Sam Wellings consolation, as North Wales sent their noisy travelling contingent home more than happy.



#208 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 11:32 AM

WRL CONGRATULATE CRUSADERS ON WIN

 

Wales Rugby League would like to extend their congratulations to North Wales Crusaders who won the Northern Rail Bowl with victory over London Skolars on Saturday.

 

Below is a match report on how they did it.

 

http://www.walesrugb...rusaders-on-win


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#209 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 11:43 AM

U20 TEAM STATEMENT

 

South Wales Scorpions U20s have reduced the amount games in their calendar following recommendations by Wales Rugby League, who run the team, being approved by the Rugby Football League.

WRL Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair commented “Coaching and Performance staff raised a number of player welfare concerns due the majority of the squad being very young compared to other teams.

Rugby League is a very physically demanding game and by being in a competition which included open age players, we felt it was important to protect the player’s development and not undermine it in any way.

This group of players will still play fixtures in 2013, they are now training with the Scorpions first team and the majority of them will be involved in the U18 national fixtures against England later in the year.

Going forward we have new plans for our Performance programme and have a number of exciting developments to announce in the next few months.”



#210 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 11:45 AM

North Wales Crusaders head coach Clive Griffiths said that Crusaders’ victory in the Northern Rail Bowl final is one of the greatest achievements in his coaching career to date.

That is a big statement for a man who has coached at the highest level with Wales and Great Britain – and it also puts into perspective just how far the club has come in such a short space of time since its formation in 2011.

“I’m so proud”, Griffiths said. “I’ve had some very proud moments with Wales and Great Britain in rugby league, but that’s got to be up there putting it into context.

“There was no club 18 months ago. We got together and put a few names together, and 90-per-cent of the team from then have stook together.

“We’ve no dual-registration with anybody and it’s been about real team work. Togetherness has brought us through and we’ve worked hard at it. These boys have been at it since November 2012.

“I just can’t express how delighted I am today as coach of North Wales Crusaders.

“The journey of the last 18 months or so has been up and down, and it’s been a rocky one.

“We took a few hammerings last year – we knew we could – but it’s great to come out the other end [with some success].”

Griffiths admits that, at times, he was slightly nervous, but he always knew that his side would come good in the end.

“We had to take stock at half-time because we didn’t play smart enough at times in the first half”, he said.

“You could see in the first half that we were short of match practice – some of the decision making that we made has let them off the hook at times.

“They put it to us and Tommy Johnson was also out for a bit, and that just shows the want and need to do well at this club.

“In the second half we’ve conceded just one try. We’ve come very strong in the second half in all our games this year – and that’s what happened again.

“Gradually we got back into rhythm and you can see that it’s going to take a good team to stop us.”

Although Saturday’s success was a cause for real celebration, the former Wales coach now wants everyone to focus on the league campaign, with a top-of-the-table clash with Oldham Roughyeds next up for his side.

“We’re up against Oldham next week, and we’ll be going there with confidence but not cockiness”, said Griffiths.

“They’re going to be up for it and there will be a good crowd there and an atmosphere.

“We know with this support that we’ve got that the Oldham people will have to shout louder than they have been. The supporters are a part of us – they are the 18th Man.

“We’ve got six big games to go – but we’ve got something on the table to show that we’re alive and kicking.”



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:56 PM

Wales star hopes for sell-out in Neath

 

South Wales Scorpions skipper Joe Burke says he is delighted to hear that sales for Wales' clash with Cook Islands at Rugby League World Cup 2013 match are selling to so well, and has called on supporters in Wales to make it a sell-out.

The 23-year old prop, who has won three caps for Wales so far, will be hoping to make the side again for the game at The Gnoll on November 10, and will be given an early opportunity to get his hands on the silverware this Sunday when the trophy visits Neath for South Wales Scorpions' clash with Gateshead Thunder (1.00pm). 

“I was really pleased to hear that virtually all of the tickets in the Family Stand for Wales v Cook Islands have gone,” Burke told ScorpionsRL.com.

“There’s nothing that rugby players like better than playing in front of a packed ground so I hope that this game is a sell-out.

“It’s great that the World Cup organisers are bringing the actual trophy to The Gnoll this Sunday for when we take on Gateshead Thunder. We’re going to be posing for a team photo with the trophy and I know that fans are able to have their photo taken with it too.”

This Sunday’s match is a must-win for the Scorpions if they are to keep up with the sides above them and make the play-offs, and Burke hopes the players will be able to count on the backing of a vociferous home crowd.

“I know that having the World Cup trophy in Neath this Sunday has created a lot of interest. All of our junior sides will be there to cheer us on too and I think that will lift us.

“We’ve had a good week in training with plenty of numbers and we all know that a win is vital.”

Wales face Italy at the Millennium Stadium on October 26, USA at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium on November 3 and Cook Islands at The Gnoll on November 10.

 



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:02 PM

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South Wales Scorpions have the historic World Cup trophy at this Sunday’s match against Gateshead Thunder at The Gnoll (kick-off 1pm).The World Cup opens in Cardiff on October 26th while Neath plays host to Wales v Cook Islands on Sunday 10th November.Scorpions fans will be able to have their photograph taken with the Cup free of charge and will also enjoy an exciting contest of Rugby League which is a must win for the home side to stay in contention for a play-off spot.

“This is a really important game for us,” said Scorpions coach Dave Clark. “We’ve been keeping our focus at training and not dropping standards. We’ve still an opportunity to make the play-offs and we know we have to win the next few games. We picked up a bonus point in our last home game but we wanted and should have had more. It wasn’t good enough and we know we can do a lot better.

“We’ve Gateshead Thunder coming down to us on the back of a really good draw against Oxford and they’ll be full of enthusiasm and confidence because of that. We’ve never lost to them but games have been getting closer all the time. Over the last couple of seasons it’s been quite tight and they gave us a good game up there earlier in the season. A few things went our way in the second half up there and it could have gone their way. Forget history between the two sides, Gateshead will be going all out for victory and we’ve got to be good enough on the day to get all three points. I can’t underestimate the importance of this Sunday’s match.”

The Scorpions will be boosted with a number of returnees and with only David James still a major injury concern, Clark for the first time in a number of games, has a large squad to select from.

The club will only know late in the week whether Wigan Warriors’ Andy Powell will at last make his Scorpions debut on dual registration.

We’ve got our four student internationals back from the World Cup now and well done to them for performing so well and leading Wales into the semi-finals,” Clark said. “They’ve learned a lot from that experience and will be raring to go with the Scorpions again.

“We don’t have too many injuries now and have been training with a large squad – over 30 this week including the under 20s. Numbers have increased and it’s created a really good environment.

David James is now in his second week of training following his back injury. It’ll be great to have him back soon as he brings a lot of experience for the team and he’ll be wanting to get a place in Wales’ World Cup side. He should be back soon.”

Thunder coach Kevin Neighbour could give a debut to Jared Stewart, who has had spells with Newcastle Falcons and Leeds Rhinos during the early part of his career.

Captain Jason Payne is also set to return to action after recovering from a recent ankle problem.

Admission to South Wales Scorpions v Gateshead Thunder costs just £12 for adults, £7 concessions and is free for children under 16 with an accompanied adult.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:40 AM

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Andy Powell confirms he'll play on Sunday in Neath

 

Wigan Warriors have confirmed that Andy Powell will head back to South Wales this weekend and is set to play on Sunday for partner club South Wales Scorpions against Gateshead Thunder at The Gnoll in Neath (kick-off 1pm).

Powell has already made his Rugby League debut having played for the Warriors against both Castleford Tigers and Bradford Bulls both at the DW Stadium but Sunday will see the former Rugby Union star play Rugby League back in Wales.

Speaking about the news Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane said: “This is a good opportunity for Andy to get some game time under his belt and I am sure there will be plenty of interest in him playing on Sunday for the Scorpions. We have been delighted with how he has settled in here at Wigan and how he has quickly adapted to the game and he will benefit greatly from playing in another competitive Rugby League fixture.”

Andy Powell added: “I am really looking forward to playing for South Wales Scorpions this weekend and getting another 80 minutes of Rugby League. It was always the plan when I joined Wigan to head out on Dual Registration and to be playing in Wales for the Scorpions is another important step for me in my development.”

Powell played Rugby League as a youngster for Cardiff Demons in the same side as future union international Gethin Jenkins and league international Gareth Dean before choosing the 15-man game for most of his career.

Scorpions coach Dave Clark believes he will fit in well with the Scorpions to prepare him for more Wigan senior appearances and perhaps a place in Wales' World Cup squad.

"Andy has really taken to Rugby League well," Clark said. "He had a good first couple of appearances for Wigan. We're delighted he's coming back down to South Wales to play for us and hopefully he'll help to lead us to a much needed three points against Gateshead."

Powell, along with the rest of the Scorpions players, will pose with the Rugby League World Cup trophy before the game. 

 



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:04 PM

Andy Powell debuts in Scorpions defeat by Gateshead Thunder

 

Andy Powell made his debut as South Wales Scorpions lost 36-30 at home to Gateshead Thunder in Championship One.

The former Wales and Lions forward signed for Wigan in June but has joined the Scorpions on a dual registration.

Powell came close to scoring a try early in the second half but was held over the line and unable to ground.

James Tutuila scored two of the home side's five tries but it was not enough as Thunder secured a first ever win over Scorpions.

Elsewhere in Championship One Northern Rail Bowl winners North Wales Crusaders lost 10-28 at Oldham.

Defeat against their promotion rivals was Crusaders' second defeat of the league campaign although the Wrexham-based side have two games in hand over Oldham


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:07 PM

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More opportunities for World Cup pictures

 
There are more opportunities to have your photo taken with the Rugby League World Cup this Monday and Tuesday in Neath, Cardiff and Bonymaen.

 

The trophy will again be at The Gnoll this Monday out on the pitch / in the stands from 4.30pm and you can have your photo taken either individually or as a group.

 

Members of the Neath RFC side will then arrive at the ground at 5pm and they will also have their picture taken with the famous trophy that was first competed for in 1954.

 

Following a quick chat with us, the fans, they will then depart at 5.30pm for training.

 

It’s just a brief meeting due to time constraints so please be there if you can. All free entry of course.

Then on Tuesday there are two further free events.

 

The first is at Llandaff North RFC in Cardiff from 2pm-3.30pm at 42 Radyr Rd  Cardiff, CF14 2FU and is hosted by Cardiff Spartans RLFC. Just turn up and take your own photos of the World Cup trophy.

 

Then at 6pm, the trophy will be at Parc Mawr, Parc Mawr, Cefn Hengoed Rd, Swansea, SA1 7JF, home of Bonymaen Broncos as their under 16 side take on GA Giants. Kick-off of this game is at 6.30pm and both teams will have their picture taken before the game. You can your picture taken with the trophy at any time between 6pm and 8pm.

 

Please don’t miss this opportunity to have your photo taken with this historic trophy.


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#216 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:52 PM

The Rugby League World Cup trophy will stop off at the historic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct as part of its North Wales tour.

The famous trophy will be in the region from Wednesday 31st July – Friday 2nd August ahead of Wrexham hosting two matches at the prestigious tournament this autumn.

Fans will be able to have their photo taken with the World Cup trophy and take part in the special #findourball competition.

Wrexham will host two major games during the 14-nation competition. The famous Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground will host Wales’ Group D match against USA on Sunday November 3rd (KO 2pm).

The Racecourse Ground will also host the mouth watering quarter final match between the winners of Group A and Group D on Saturday November 16th (KO 1PM)

And to celebrate this momentous occasion, the magnificent Rugby League World Cup trophy is coming to North Wales later.

The famous trophy will visit several locations as part of a three day tour across the region. As well as our World Heritage Site, the trophy can also be seen at Eagles Meadow, Deeside Leisure Centre and Queensway Stadium.

The trophy tour will culminate at a secret venue as part of the RLWC’s #findourballs competition. Clues relating to the location of the trophy will be posted on Wrexham Council’s social media channels throughout the week.

The 61cm high, silver-plated trophy has a fascinating and illustrious past. It was commissioned by Paul Barrière, a former French Resistance fighter, for Rugby League’s inaugural 1954 World Cup and the trophy was presented to the winning nation at the next four tournaments before being stolen from Bradford’s Midland Hotel, six days before the 1970 final.

20 years later father-of-four Stephen Uttley discovered the trophy, which had originally cost eight million French Francs (approx. £500,000 today), among rubbish dumped in a ditch near the Bradford & Bingley Rugby League Club. It was brought back into use for the 2000 World Cup and presented to the victorious Australian team.

Cllr Neil Rogers, Leader of Wrexham Council said: “This magnificent trophy game and deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.

“This is an opportunity to watch world class sport right on our doorstep and we will have the added bonus of Wales staying and training here in Wrexham. I’m sure we will all be getting behind Wales for the tournament.”

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:25 AM

WALES LAUNCH OPEN TRIALS

 

YOUNG players from across Wales have a chance to play for their country as the new Open Trials for international teams get ready to roar.

 

The trials are on Saturday August 31 at Builth Wells RFC and will be for sides at U18, U19 and U20 levels with places up for grabs in Test matches in the coming months.

 

Wales play England Community Lions at U18 level and have two Tests against England Academy this year. Wales will also be playing Scotland at U18 level.

 

The trials will start for the U18s at 12noon on Saturday August 31.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 02:10 PM

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#219 Viking Warrior

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 08:38 AM

the game in the principality is heading for an all time high, i'll be there cheering on the red dragons.
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#220 Impartial Observer

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:03 AM

the game in the principality is heading for an all time high,

Really?  The community game is at an all time low.






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