Wales coach Gareth Jenkins today admitted Gavin Henson has run out of time in his bid to be a part of the nation’s 2007 Rugby World Cup squad.
Henson, suffering largely from a lack of conditioning and game-time due to a series of injuries that have plagued him for a good two years – pelvis, knee, Achilles tendon and toe injuries – has been omitted from Jenkins’ side to face England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Gareth Thomas will be the first Welsh player to reach 50 career Test wins if the side he captains against England at Twickenham on Saturday emerge victorious.
Thomas will lead a new-look Wales team in the 116th match between the two Nations as head coach Gareth Jenkins runs his eye over potential Rugby World Cup squad members for one final time before he names his 30-man squad.
A major change which brings women’s rugby closer to the heart of the game in Wales has been formally agreed. In the future women’s rugby will be integrated as a part of the Welsh Rugby Union instead of a stand-alone union in its own right.
East Wales girls U14 have enjoyed another successful season, culminating in winning the plate trophy at the National Regional Youth competition.
The region, comprising of Newport, Caerphilly, Fairwater, Llandaff North and Cynon Valley teams, took on West Wales winning 32-10 and drawing 24-24, and beating North Wales 57–0 and 72–0.
It has been another highly successful season for the Girls Rugby teams at Dyffryn Taf School.
The 1st XV Senior Girls took on Bear Creek High School from Canada for the second year in succession on the 15th of March. The match took place at Whitland RFC in slightly drizzly conditions. Dyffryn Taf proved too strong for the young Bear Creek side and finished convincing 43-0 winners.
Wales coach Gareth Jenkins today named his 41-man preliminary Rugby World Cup 2007 summer training squad and predicted that cutting the group to just 30 players by the 14th August RWC deadline will be the hardest selection decision of his career.
Jenkins has merged his Australian tour party with the members of the summer training camp who remained in Wales for rest, recuperation and conditioning work to form a penultimate squad of 19 backs and 22 forwards before the final World Cup cut.
WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis today announced that Dai Rees, Patrick Horgan and Simon King will head-up Wales’ new-look elite development coaching structure.
Dragons assistant coach Dai Rees has been re-appointed Wales Sevens head coach and is hoping to take Wales to all eight of the IRB’s Sevens Series tournaments for the first time, following an application by the WRU to become a core member of the IRB Sevens Series.