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Wales juniors train hard for big matches

24th June 2015, 11:08

Wales juniors train hard for big matches

The Wales under 18 and 16 sides each had their second training session this weekend in preparation for big games against England later this year.

The Wales under 18 and 16 sides each had their second training session this weekend in preparation for big games against England later this year.

 

The 18s face the English on Saturday 26th September but it’s the 16s who have their game first, hosting England at Taff’s Well RFC on Saturday 22nd August (kick-off 1pm).

 

Following June’s training session, under 16 team manager Peter Tiffin said: “It was a very good day. We started off with some fitness testing to see what level each individual was at. We then moved on to some basic skills to see their levels in defence, attack and communication.

 

“After lunch we decided to split the boys in to two squads and see how they reacted in a game situation. They played four x 10 minute games which as staff we all viewed and took in everything that each player did during all four mini matches.

 

“As the day progressed, every individual seemed to realise the toughness of the standard and raised their effort.

 

“We shall now be discussing all the analysis and stats that were taken from the day and sending out an email to each individual on whether they have progressed to the next session.”

 

Wales under 18s head coach Paul Emanuelli said: “Training at Taff’s Wells went really well. I invited two guest coaches and brought Forces Fitness in to test the boys’ fitness levels.

 

“Picking a squad to play England is going to be a massively difficult task for myself, Mike and Wayne and last month’s sessions certainly helped a few boys get noticed.

 

“I couldn’t fault their application in any part of the session, we trained hard for a solid two hours and they all gave every effort during the fitness testing, tackle tech / wrestle and core skills sections.

 

“I’m excited about this year’s 18’s squad and already looking forward to July’s session.”

 

More comments and photographs will be in the next issue of South Wales RL Magazine available on Sunday 5th July at Mountain Ash RFC for the Scott McRorie Nines and Scorpions v Gloucestershire All Golds, or you can order a copy here.