25th June 2018, 14:30
Wales under 16 name 29-man training squad
Four players from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf’s successful rugby league side are hoping to get a taste of international rugby league for the first time.
Having only lost two matches in 26 outings over the last four years in the Champion Schools competition for Glantaf, Josh Atkinson, Gwilym Evans, Iwan Johnes and Iwan Pyrs-Jones have been selected for the Wales under 16 squad and will hope to earn a place in the side to face England in September.
Evans captained the Glantaf side in their Year 7 final win at Wembley in 2015 with Pyrs-Jones also hitting the headlines with one of the Stadium’s most memorable tries. They won last year's year 9 final, just days before Wales under 16s beat England last year.
Wales beating England last year
Remarkably, seven of that Wales line-up are still young enough for this year’s side, so Ewan Badham, Ieaun Badham, Kyle Huish, Jacob Lee, Harvey McDaid, Keenan McDaid and Shaun Webber will get a second chance against the old enemy.
In addition to the 11 players from Wales’ two most successful junior sides in recent years, the 29-man squad contains players who have starred in Champion Schools, the Welsh and English community game and in the English academy set-up, with 23 of the players currently studying in Welsh schools.
Wales have also named their assistant coach in Peter Eccles, who is head coach of Wigan St Judes under 18s and Lancashire under 17s.
He was present at the final under 16s trials earlier this month, working alongside head coach Jason Seddon. Commenting on his appointment and final squad line-up, Eccles said: “I was really proud and taken aback by being asked to join the Wales u16s Coaching staff.
“I have been involved coaching youth rugby at u18s level at Wigan St Judes for nearly nine years and I took the step up to county representative level four years ago as part of the BARLA Lancashire u17s coaching staff which again was a massive honour.
“After taking the phone call from Jason and proudly accepting this offer to join the Wales staff, I have been massively impressed at the professionalism of the whole Wales set up so far. The trial matches that took place before naming this final squad really opened my eyes to the high level of talent that there is in Wales at this age group, which gave us plenty headaches in the final selection.
“I'm really looking forward to start coaching these young lads along with the rest of the coaching staff who have all helped me settle in really well this last month or so and I cannot wait to get started.”
|NAME||POSITION||SCHOOL||COMMUNITY CLUB||PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY|
|Ben Pinnock||Full Back||Afon Taf High School, Merthyr Tydfil||Aber Valley Wolves|
|Shaun Webber||Centre||Afon Taf High School, Merthyr Tydfil||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|Jac Lloyd||Pivot||Clifton College, Bristol||Wigan Warriors|
|Immanuel Feyi-Waboso||Winger||Corpus Christi RC High School, Cardiff||Wigan Warriors|
|David Yulu-Nzamba||Winger||Corpus Christi RC High School, Cardiff||Wigan Warriors|
|George Sheppard||Centre||Cwmtawe Community School, Swansea||West Wales Raiders|
|Cian Rhys||Loose/Centre/Wing||Great Sankey High School, Warrington||Burtonwood Bulldogs||Salford Red Devils|
|Brynmor Bradley||Centre||Hinchley Wood School, London||London Broncos|
|Ewan Challenger||Winger||Lewis School, Pengam||Aber Valley Wolves||Wigan Warriors|
|Ewan Badham||Prop||Milford Haven Comprehensive School||Llanelli Knights||City of Hull|
|Ieaun Badham||Prop||Milford Haven Comprehensive School||Llanelli Knights||City of Hull|
|Morgan Jones||Loose Forward||Radyr Comprehensive School, Cardiff|
|Harvey McDaid||Full Back||Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College, Halton||Halton Farnworth Hornets||St Helens|
|Keenan McDaid||Hooker||Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College, Halton||Halton Farnworth Hornets||St Helens|
|Lewis Gough||Winger||St John Baptist Church in Wales School, Aberdare||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|Cameron Samuel||Half Back||St John Baptist Church in Wales School, Aberdare||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|Callum Penn||Hooker||St Joseph's RC High School, Newport||Torfaen Tigers|
|William Oates||Loose Forward||St Martin's School, Caerphilly||Aber Valley Wolves|
|Luis Roberts||Centre||St Mary's Catholic High School, Astley||Hindley ARLFC||Salford Red Devils|
|Reilly Scriven||Prop||The Dean Academy, Lydney||Torfaen Tigers|
|Kyle Huish||Half/Hooker||Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, Caerphilly||Aber Valley Wolves||Wigan Warriors|
|Jacob Lee||Prop/Backrow||Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, Caerphilly||Aber Valley Wolves||Wigan Warriors|
|Ieuan Hancock||Second Row||Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, Pontypool||Torfaen Tigers|
|Joshua Atkinson||Hooker||Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff||Wigan Warriors|
|Gwilym Evans||Pivot||Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff|
|Iwan Johnes||Pivot||Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff||Wigan Warriors|
|Iwan Pyrs-Jones||Winger||Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff||Wigan Warriors|
|Trystan Rawlings||Backrow/Prop||Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur, Swansea||West Wales Raiders|
|Kieran Lewis||Loose forward||Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Bro Dur, Swansea|