Wales gear up to host U18 Series
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Welsh Rugby Union will host the Under-18 International Series on April 8 with participation from teams from across Europe and North America.
Along with the host nation, U18 sides from Canada, England, Ireland, Italy and Scotland will compete in the competition which is a continuation of last year's successful series - also held in Wales - with a significant proportion of those players in action recently in the U20 Six Nations.
"This is the second year that we have hosted this event and we can’t wait to run it again in April," said Gethin Watts, Age Grade Manager of the Welsh Rugby Union.
"It will be enhanced this year with Canada being involved bringing it to a round number of teams, so we can have all the games played back-to-back at three venues across the country.
"The teams participating have been instrumental in creating a developmental culture to the series meaning that the games will be high-paced, high-skilled and played at a great intensity.
"I would urge fans of open running rugby to come along as it will be a great insight into the future talent of each country,"
Three venues across South Wales, Pontypridd’s Sardis Road, Parc y Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons’ training base, the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach, will each host back-to–back matches across three days next month.
Training bases for the visiting nations will include Whitchurch High School and Cardiff International Sports Stadium (Ireland and Scotland respectively), Bonymaen RFC and Swansea University (Italy and England) and Cardiff Metropolitan University (Canada).
"We're extremely grateful to these venues for offering their support to the U18 International Series and the participating countries," added Watts.
"This wouldn't be possible without their help, but with it we can now look forward to what will be a memorable three days of rugby here in Wales,"
Saturday, April 8:
England v Canada (13.30 GMT)
Ireland v Italy (16.00 GMT)
Wales v Scotland (18.15 GMT)
Wednesday, April 12:
Scotland v Italy (15.30 GMT)
England v Ireland (16.15 GMT)
Wales v Canada (18.35 GMT)
Sunday, April 16:
Italy v Canada (12.00 GMT)
Scotland v England (13.30 GMT)
Wales v Ireland (15.15 GMT)