12th October 2011, 11:42
Under 18s get their training chance
Members of the Wales under 18 squad took part in a training session of
Members of the Wales under 18 squad took part in a training session of a lifetime this week when they joined up with the South Wales section of the Wales Gillette Four Nations squad.
The Wales under 18 side are preparing for matches against England Community Lions and Australian Institute of Sport this November while the full Wales side play their first game against Ireland at The Gnoll in Neath on Saturday 22nd October (kick-off 6pm).
The youngsters were able to mix their skills with Super League players like Lloyd White, Elliot Kear and Ben Flower as well as receive coaching from Iestyn Harris.
"We've got a camp in the north and one in the south and we needed more numbers down here to help with the contact training," said Harris. "So I thought that the Wales under 18 side would love to train with us in a full session. They've helped us to test our defensive structures and allowed us to run some offensive structure against them so it was really helpful and there were some great youngsters there who stood up physically which was pleasing to see.
"It was a great experience for them to train with the full squad. Certainly for them to run against Super League players will show them where they need to be in three or four years time. It's probably opened a few of their eyes as well."
Bridgend-born Olly Olds from the Wales under 18 side, who is now plying his trade with Leeds Rhinos said: "It was good to see what level you're at, training with the first team, and getting your footstep in to see what Iestyn thinks about us.
"It was a lot faster and lot more physical to what I've been used too. All the players are a lot bigger than those I've previously played against.
"We've a lot of potential in our team at under 18 level. We're training hard and it's coming together quickly. I think we'll be in with a chance of beating England Community Lions and Australian Institute of Sport this autumn.
"I can't wait for the Four Nations too. I hope to get to a couple of games to cheer on Wales."
Tickets for all games in Wales' international campaign starting with the warm-up game against Ireland on Saturday 22nd October in Neath can be bought by going to http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/cymru/tickets.html.