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Glantaf guests of honour at Friday's international

27th October 2015, 08:56

Glantaf guests of honour at Friday's international

The Rugby League successes of local Cardiff school Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf will be celebrated this Friday when Wales take on France at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park in the Rugby League European Championship (kick-off 6.30pm).

The Rugby League successes of local Cardiff school Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf will be celebrated this Friday when Wales take on France at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park in the Rugby League European Championship (kick-off 6.30pm).

 

The Welsh language comprehensive school’s year 7 side beat all comers this season to win the British Champion Schools Final at Wembley Stadium with a comprehensive win over Wade Deacon school from Widnes.

 

Their victory means that this set of 12 and 13 year olds have never lost a game of Rugby League in their lives, after only playing the game for 12 months, and they hope that they can spur their professional idols onto victory.

 

They will be parading their trophy to the crowd just before kick-off, and guests of honour at the international, something that they can’t wait for, according to teacher Rhydian Garner.

 

“It will be another exciting evening for the boys which I'm sure they are looking forward to,” he said. “They will parading the trophy in front of the home Rugby League fans where most witnessed their emphatic performance at Wembley, or certainly heard about it.

 

“Recently our year 7 side has won the Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf Team of the Year with the award presented to them by Welsh rugby union international Jamie Roberts who used to attend the school.

 

“Friday evening will be exciting and it will be good for the boys to see a match packed with Super League players on each side. But for us it’s the final piece in the jigsaw and we can now concentrate on the new season ahead. We have had a fantastic few months and a weekend that we will never forget at Wembley.

 

“Now it’s time to move on, it's far easier to win the trophy than retain it! I am very excited about the 2015-16 Champion Schools season as are all the players.”

 

This Friday’s match is Wales’ second match of the four-team tournament. They beat Scotland 18-12 in Wrexham on October 16 and a Welsh win over the French on Friday will put them in pole position for the title when they travel to Ireland a week later.

 

Tickets for Wales v France at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off 6.30pm) on Friday can be bought by going to http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/match_day/tickets.