With the highly anticipated World Rugby U20 Championships just around the corner, the Welsh U20 rugby squad, led by interim head coach Mark Jones, is leaving no stone unturned in their quest for glory. As they finalise their squad selection for the tournament, the team recently engaged in a last minute training session behind closed doors at the prestigious Vale Resort in South Africa. Let’s delve into the details of their preparations and the challenges that lie ahead.
Drawn into Pool A, Wales is set to face formidable opponents in France, Japan, and New Zealand. The team is well aware of the magnitude of the challenge that awaits them as they embark on their journey in South Africa. With the clock ticking, the squad is diligently fine-tuning their strategies, bolstering their skills, and solidifying their game plan to make their mark in this highly competitive tournament.
In their pursuit of excellence, interim head coach Mark Jones arranged a training session with the South Wales Police (SWP) at the Vale Resort. The resort, renowned for its world-class training facilities and previous hosting of renowned sports teams, proved to be the perfect backdrop for this encounter. SWP RFC, back-to-back British Police champions, embraced the opportunity to test their mettle against Wales’ next generation of rugby talent.
The training session proved to be a mutually beneficial experience for both parties involved. The Welsh U20 squad honed their technical skills, game management, and fitness levels, guided by the expertise of their knowledgeable coaching team. Simultaneously, the South Wales Police had the chance to utilize elite training facilities, challenge themselves against a talented group of young athletes, and learn from the experienced coaching staff. The session encompassed pre and post training analysis, a live contact session, and a display of sheer determination from the aspiring rugby stars. Ben Breakspear was on hand to provide a referees interpretation of game scenarios ahead of his role officiating at the tournament.
With their preparations nearing completion, the final Wales U20 squad will soon set off for South Africa. Their journey begins with a clash against the formidable “Baby Blacks” of New Zealand in Paarl, Western Cape province. From there, they will move on to Stellenbosch and Cape Town for the remaining group games. The squad’s collective focus, determination, and passion for the sport will be put to the test as they strive to make their nation proud on the global stage.
The upcoming tournament will undoubtedly be a stern test of their abilities, but with their unwavering commitment and the guidance of their coaching staff, Wales is ready to compete with the best and leave a lasting impression in South Africa.