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Wales 16s looking to compete well against England

20th April 2011, 07:30

Wales 16s looking to compete well against England

Wales under 16s are hoping that this is their year to beat the England

Wales under 16s will be hoping that this is their year to beat the England side as the Good Friday Rugby League international makes its return after a year's gap.

The match is being played at the new home of Wales Rugby League, Caerphilly RFC (kick-off 2.30pm), and with the whole Wales squad have been chosen from schools that took part in this season's Champions Schools tournament.

Most of the squad also play for their local community club in Wales while all of them have turned out for Crusaders under 16 with the exception of James Little and Lewis Morgan who have been exceptional for Crusaders at under 15 level so are deemed worthy to be given their chance at a higher age group on Friday.

Wales coach Aled James says that his team are more prepared than ever for this big clash.

"It's all down to the start of the game," he said. "If the boys can punch out their sets as we practised then there's a possibility that we can do it.

"There's great team spirit in the camp and as a lot of the side recently played for Crusaders against Salford then they already know each other well and have also experienced victory which will be a good confidence booster.

"We all know how good England are as they always come organised and they have a lot of support. But we've got a good bunch of boys who are really tough and like to rip in and hopefully we can surprise England on Friday."

England Rugby League head coach Steve McNamara has shown his support for the England side.

England have named a 39-man training squad which will be split into two for Good Friday with half of the players taking to the field against France under 16s at exactly the same time as the Wales game. All of them have been selected from Super League clubs so they are destined to give Wales another big test.

"I think it's great whenever you represent your country and the lads at under 16 level will have that opportunity over the next week," said McNamara.

"We want the players to enjoy the game and go out there and represent their country and their families with pride. We're all a little unsure how the games will pan out and each side (Wales and France) will present different challenges, but we'll find those out as they come but it's not just about the games, it's about the whole week.

"The players will be exposed to the build-up in camp, the preparation period and will develop and understanding of what's involved when you're part of an England camp and it's the overall experience of that which will help these lads progress.

"There are a lot of extra distractions involved around international matches but the main thing is to put your boots on and go out there and enjoy playing Rugby League because it's the best feeling in the world whether you're playing for your local park team or for your country."

Wales v England under 16s on Good Friday at Caerphilly RFC kicks off at 2.30pm. Admission is just £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Please attend and give them your support.







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