LordCharles

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  1. From what I hear I think the focus is predominantly around youth development and providing pathways for young players. Working together both clubs can probably deliver a unique environment for players aged 14-19 so that their opportunities to develop are pitched at the right level in the first instance with a significant amount of support and expertise on offer. I believe WWR currently have an U15/16's team and they are looking to run some for of academy in the future. The partnership may also provide a pathway for further/additional development that will see some of the younger players potentially progress into an elite academy environment. The flip side is that the partnership may also provide playing opportunities for those players who may not go on to get a first grade SL contract after U19's, but still need/want to keep developing as players, which Championship 1 RL can certainly provide. All the education links that WWR have to establishments such as Coleg y Cymoedd and University of South Wales etc also means that young players can link there education to various initiatives associated with playing professional RL in South Wales. The talent pool down in South Wales is phenomenal, if this partnership helps to grow and develop that and assist community clubs and coaches in their efforts to grow and develop themselves as a collective and individuals, then its a win/win for both clubs and the sport in general in South Wales. Certainly the resources, expertise and support any SL club could provide to the region will be hugely valuable.
  2. Wales U16's National Squad - 2018 Trial Information The 2018 Wales Rugby League under 16’s national team will be holding an open trial on Saturday June 2nd at Ystrad Mynach Centre of Sporting Excellence, Caerphilly Rd, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7EP. All interested parties must pre-register for the event and will need to arrive for 10.15am on the day, any player who does not pre-register will not be eligible to trial on the day. The trial will run from 10.45am through to 2pm and consist of a fitness and skills assessment in the morning and a series of full contact trial games in the afternoon. Those players who are successful on the day will be invited to a final trial on Saturday 16th June at Ystrad Mynach where they will be joined by the players who are eligible to remain in the squad from 2017. The final squad will then be announced in the week commencing 18th June and the 2018 international program will begin with a training session in South Wales (Venue TBC) on 30th June, followed by a three day training camp in Wigan on 19th - 21st July. The international programme will run throughout August 2018 and comprise of three international camps (2nd-4th August - Venue/Fixture TBC and 14th-16th August Venue/Fixture TBC) culminating in a final camp on the 30th August - 1st September where Wales will take on England at home on Saturday 1st September (Venue TBC). Wales made history in this fixture last year by beating England for the first time and will be looking to build on the success of 2017. Important Notice: All trialists are expected to make themselves available for all dates if selected. ALL PLAYERS must be under the age of 16 on the 1st September 2017 and be of current school year 10 or 11 in 2018. To be eligible for Wales under 16s you must fulfil one of the following criteria * Be born in Wales * Resided in Wales for at least the last three years * Have a Welsh parent or grandparent To register, please send the following details to Rob.Davies@WalesRugbyLeague.co.uk and peter.tiffin@walesrugbyleague.co.uk no later than 5.00PM on WEDNESDAY 30th MAY. Name Date of Birth Qualifying Criteria School Club Preferred Playing Position(s) Parents Name, email & contact number Players email and contact number.
  3. Wales U16's National Squad - 2018 Trial Information The 2018 Wales Rugby League under 16’s national team will be holding an open trial on Saturday June 2nd at Ystrad Mynach Centre of Sporting Excellence, Caerphilly Rd, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7EP. All interested parties must pre-register for the event and will need to arrive for 10.15am on the day, any player who does not pre-register will not be eligible to trial on the day. The trial will run from 10.45am through to 2pm and consist of a fitness and skills assessment in the morning and a series of full contact trial games in the afternoon. Those players who are successful on the day will be invited to a final trial on Saturday 16th June at Ystrad Mynach where they will be joined by the players who are eligible to remain in the squad from 2017. The final squad will then be announced in the week commencing 18th June and the 2018 international program will begin with a training session in South Wales (Venue TBC) on 30th June, followed by a three day training camp in Wigan on 19th - 21st July. The international programme will run throughout August 2018 and comprise of three international camps (2nd-4th August - Venue/Fixture TBC and 14th-16th August Venue/Fixture TBC) culminating in a final camp on the 30th August - 1st September where Wales will take on England at home on Saturday 1st September (Venue TBC). Wales made history in this fixture last year by beating England for the first time and will be looking to build on the success of 2017. Important Notice: All trialists are expected to make themselves available for all dates if selected. ALL PLAYERS must be under the age of 16 on the 1st September 2017 and be of current school year 10 or 11 in 2018. To be eligible for Wales under 16s you must fulfil one of the following criteria * Be born in Wales * Resided in Wales for at least the last three years * Have a Welsh parent or grandparent To register, please send the following details to Rob.Davies@WalesRugbyLeague.co.uk and peter.tiffin@walesrugbyleague.co.uk no later than 5.00PM on WEDNESDAY 30th MAY. Name Date of Birth Qualifying Criteria School Club Preferred Playing Position(s) Parents Name, email & contact number Players email and contact number.
  4. Could Welsh honours be next for the Glantaf rugby league players?
  5. LordCharles

    Reserve and Academy teams

    If its going to be done it needs to be done properly and that is going to cost money, along with Championship and Championship 1 teams not running teams outside of their first grade environment so that the playing pool is not decimated and reserve grade teams at that level are simply full of "shirt fillers" to get a team out on the pitch. Funding would need to be available too, and ring fenced at, each SL Club for U23's and below. Any player exiting to SL system should be directed into the Championship. Dual registration would also cease to exist. The attached image gives some idea of what a formal model might look like, but remember its about the bigger picture, not what one team has and the other doesn't.
  6. LordCharles

    17 Welsh juniors join superleague setups

    Perhaps investing in an U15's/U16's academy for Wales and establishing a draft type system for Players/SL Clubs and delivering it as a pilot project in the first instance, is a format that could be repeated in other areas if successful?
  7. LordCharles

    17 Welsh juniors join superleague setups

    Both of the previous comments make a lot of sense, but that is where the issue hits a speed bump............it makes far too much sense! The talent pool in Wales just needs to be exposed to a higher level of competition and developed accordingly, if it is it will thrive, recent results at U16's level are testament to that and we are only in year 1 of a 3 year program. Some of the strategic aims were to develop players so that they could progress into SL academies and be competitive on the International stage at age grade level against England. We laid out a 3 year program and achieved it all in year 1, so moving forward we need to continue to increase the talent pool, develop it further and retain the competitive outcomes delivered on the field.
  8. LordCharles

    17 Welsh juniors join superleague setups

    Both U15's, both 92Kg and both have great athleticism and skill sets.
  9. LordCharles

    Wales' Golden Generation?

    You can watch the game here and draw your own conclusions Wales U16's v England U16's - Full Match Footage
  10. LordCharles

    Wales' Golden Generation?

    For anybody that is interested, this years Year 9 (U14's) National Schools Champions were Ysgol Glantaf. Some of their players were present on Saturday and are looking forward to being part of the trial programme in the build up to next years (2018) Wales U16's squad selection. Full game of the 2017 final on the link below. Year 9 (U14's) National Schools Champions 2017 - Ysgol Glantaf
  11. LordCharles

    Wales' Golden Generation?

    I am not 100% certain on this but I believe alongside the two players already at Hull, 2 possibly 3 more of the Welsh squad will be joining them at Hull and a further 3 have very recently been signed by Wigan Warriors.
  12. LordCharles

    Wales' Golden Generation?

    Just to put the above into perspective................. Of the 17 man squad that was selected for Wales U16's yesterday 8 were U16's, a further 8 were U15's and one was an U14. There was also a very late change to the starting line up for Wales on the day as one of the starting 13 that was named on Friday had to withdraw due to injury. Of the remaining 9 squad members for Wales that did not get selected, 6 were U16's, 2 were U15's (1 of which was unavailable due to a concussion injury) and one was an U14. So, long term there is a strong pool of players who will remain in the U16's squad for wales in 2018 and a very good pool of U14's coming through.
  13. LordCharles

    miners v st.pats

    Game now available to watch again on i-player http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04qrpkr/red-button-and-online-2017-leigh-miners-v-wigan-st-patricks