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Wales Presidents XIII name 19-man squad

21st September 2016, 17:34

Wales Presidents XIII name 19-man squad

The new Wales Presidents’ XIII, launched to bridge the representative gap between the senior side and the Dragonhearts, will be facing West of England Lionhearts in their first ever game this Sunday at Blackwood RFC (kick-off 2.30pm).

The new Wales Presidents’ XIII, launched to bridge the representative gap between the senior side and the Dragonhearts, will be facing West of England Lionhearts in their first ever game this Sunday at Blackwood RFC (kick-off 2.30pm).

 

Their 19-man squad has been selected from the up and coming players in Wales who the selectors believe have the potential to be full time professional and to one day win a full Welsh cap.

 

It’s the brainchild of Paul Emanuelli who has stepped up to the role after coaching the Wales under 18 side in previous seasons.

 

He said: “Already this side has become very popular. We had 32 players turn up over the three training sessions, who were from eight different clubs and universities.

 

“I'd like to thank everyone that's tried out but as always you can only pick 19 for the game.

 

“Myself, Daf Hellard and Gareth Howells have selected the side that we feel will do the best job for us.

 

“I'm looking forward to this one off game and thanks again to Will Brewer from the West of England who's been great sorting the fixture out.”

 

With 10 teams competing in a flourishing west of England division it was time to offer the players a chance to play rugby league at a higher level. This been the case the West of England Lionhearts was created by Will Brewer.

 

The Lionhearts draw upon all ten clubs in the leagues and this year they will be playing a series of games before touring Ireland in March. The Lionhearts recently lost out to a South Wales Scorpions under 20s in Bath and this weekend will be looking to go one better as they face the Welsh Presidents XIII.

 

The Lionhearts are coached by Glenn Tyreman (Southampton Spitfires) who is no stranger to representative rugby after several seasons with the England Lionhearts. He knows what it takes to beat Welsh sides and will be drawing upon all his expertise this weekend to help get the squads first win of the year.

 

Oxford Cavaliers’ head coach Will Brewer manages the squad assisted by Bath and Wiltshire Romans’ Chris Chatten. Their expertise has been crucial so far in helping the West of England Lionhearts get off the ground.

 

As well as a great back room staff Tyreman is also well supported by a host of excellent young coaches from around the leagues including the like of Ben Whincup (Swindon), Dan Hinton (Somerset) and Matthew Robinson.

 

With the wealth of experience running and coaching the squad and a very talented player base the West of England Lionhearts looks set to be a force in representative rugby over the next few years.

 

WALES PRESIDENTS XIII (19-man squad)

Ben Jones (Valley Cougars, South Wales Ironmen)

Dale Tucker (Torfaen Tigers)

Dean Higgs (Valley Cougars)

Ethan Coombes (Valley Cougars, South Wales Ironmen)

Harry Boots (West Wales Raiders)

Huw Parkes (Bath & Wiltshire Romans, South Wales Ironmen)

Jake Thomas (Aber Valley Wolves, South Wales Ironmen)

John Lloyd (Bridgend Blue Bulls)

Lee Goddard (Valley Cougars)

Lewis Hughes (Bridgend Blue Bulls, South Wales Ironmen)

Luke O'Driscoll (Bridgend Blue Bulls)

Mike Edwards (Torfaen Tigers, South Wales Ironmen)

Mike Hurley (Valley Cougars)

Morgan Jefferies (West Wales Raiders)

Rhys Gant (Aber Valley Wolves, South Wales Ironmen)

Shane Lee (Valley Cougars, South Wales Ironmen)

Tom Davies (North Wales Crusaders)

Wes Cunliffe (Torfaen Tigers)

Zak Williams (South Wales Ironmen)

 

WEST OF ENGLAND LIONHEARTS (from)

1. Christopher Barter (Bath & Wiltshire Romans)

2. Joe Uren (Bristol Sonics)

3. Jonny Mawer (Bristol Sonics)

4. Paul Bartlett (Cheltenham Phoenix)

5. Kai Phillips (Gloucester Warriors)

6. Jamie Spurway (Somerset Vikings)

7. Tom Webb (Forest of Dean Bulldogs)

8. George Lenton-Hall (Oxford Cavaliers)

9. Matthew Bodey (Bath & Wiltshire Romans)

10. Dan Jamieson (Oxford Cavaliers)

11. Tom Bradley (Forest of Dean Bulldogs)

12. George Day (Somerset Vikings)

13. Ross Webb (Forest of Dean Bulldogs)

14. James Slatter (Swindon St George)

15. Rob Wilson (Oxford Cavaliers)

16. Curtis 'Chuckle P' Barnes (Portsmouth Seahawks)

17. Ronan Melvin Treble (Somerset Vikings)

18. Mike McGrath (Southampton Spitfires)

19. Ryan Willcox (Bath & Wiltshire Romans)

20. James Collings (Somerset Vikings)

21. Dom Porter (Portsmouth Seahawks)

22. Wesley Dugan (Portsmouth Seahawks)

23. Jerome Trail (Portsmouth Seahawks)