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Wales v England under 18 at Taff's Well Saturday

20th September 2015, 19:07

Wales v England under 18 at Taff's Well Saturday

Wales take on England Lions at under 18 level at Taff’s Well RFC this Saturday 26th September (kick-off 1pm).

Wales take on England Lions at under 18 level at Taff’s Well RFC this Saturday 26th September (kick-off 1pm).

 

Wales have named a strong 19-man squad in preparation for this match. Two of the squad are currently in Warrington Wolves’ academy with two from Widnes Vikings, while the remainder are all based in the south.

 

Head coach Paul Emanuelli has, before the start of the month, had 35 in training and he says that cutting the numbers down has been difficult.

 

“After a quality final training session, I've had to cut the squad to 19 in preparation for the weekend,” he said.

 

“It's horrible leaving guys out especially when they have come this far through the selection process. The final 17 will be told to the lads on Friday night which again will be extremely tough.

 

“Our preparation has been on point and we've kept things simple but made sure our execution is crisp.

 

“I've nothing to regret in the build-up over the last few months and the boys won't have any excuses come Saturday.  We will go into the game as underdogs but within our group we are confident we can put a performance in and turn a few heads.

 

“They are such a positive and driven group it's been a pleasure to coach them this year, roll on Saturday.”

 

Emanuelli was delighted to name his South Wales Scorpions’ team-mate Connor Davies as the captain.

 

Davies has been playing Rugby League since aged 11 after starting with Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera and this will be his second year in the Wales under 18 side.

 

“Connor has been one of the stand-out players at South Wales Scorpions this year,” Emanuelli said. “He always gives 100% and he’s has experience of League 1 all season. His leadership qualities have shown through so I had no hesitation of announcing him as captain.”

 

Advance Complete Sports Services have signed up as the major shirt sponsors for the Wales under 18 Rugby League side.

 

Established in 2014, Advance Complete Sport Services are a company based in South Wales providing physiotherapy, sports therapy, event cover, nutrition guidance, lifestyle coaching and sports psychology to both elite and amateur sports as well as active individuals and groups, one of their clients being South Wales Scorpions RLFC.

 

Managing Director Natalie Melfa John said: “Advance Complete Sport Services are very proud to be supporting the Wales under 18 rugby league team. These young players have exceptional talent and their hard work paid off when they were selected to represent our country. Whatever the result, it is a privilege to see so much Welsh talent on show. Good Luck Boys! Cymru am byth!”

 

Neil Williams, team manager of Wales under 18s, who organised the deal, said: “We’re delighted to have Advance Complete Sport Services on board. They are full of good advice when it comes to how a sportsperson should live, recover and be healthy so they are the perfect type of sponsors for a young Rugby League side. Plus they are Welsh so they have Welsh sides at heart.”

 

WALES SQUAD: Lewis Willacott (Aber Valley Wolves), Rhys Brownsell (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Brandon Lamb (Gloucestershire All Golds), Harry Boots, Morgan Jefferies, Shane Lee, Luke Williams (all Raiders RL), Connor Davies, Curtis Davies, Rhys Davies, Paul Edwards, Ben Jones, Marcus Webb, Zak Williams (all South Wales Scorpions), Jake Thomas (Torfaen Tigers), Nathan Ainsworth, Rhys Brunt (both Warrington Wolves), Sion Jones, Connor Parker (all Widnes Vikings).

 

ENGLAND LIONS

1  Jake Callum (York Acorn)

2. Josh Oakes (Portico)

3  Joey Brady (Wigan St Judes)

4  Alex Prince (Leigh Miners)

5  Connor Turner (Lock Lane)

6  Dean Rooney (Wath Brow)

7  John Whittaker (Crosfields)

8  James Williams (Skirlaugh)

9  Brad Gotts (Skirlaugh)

10 Joshua Steels (Lock Lane)

11  Jack Matthews (Siddal)

12 Gavin Roden (Wigan St Judes)

13 Jacob Moore (West Hull)

14 Declan Gregory (Wigan St Pats)

15 Kieron Atherton (Leigh East)

16 Louis Brown (Featherstone Lions)

17 Jack Sharrett (Wigan St Pats)

18 Jordan Blakley (Ince Rose Bridge)

19 Reece Cunningham (Ince Rose Bridge)

20 Calvin Parker (West Hull)