Tag Archives: Youth Rugby

The XV: Rhys Patchell

13 Jul


Position: Fly-half / Full-back

School: Ysgol Glantaf

As comfortable at full-back as he is at his preferred position of fly-half, Rhys Patchell is a bright prospect with the skill and nous to control games.

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Rees calls up 11 Cardiff Blues for first Wales U18 squad

10 Feb

Wales Under 18 coach Gruff Rees has named 11 Cardiff Blues academy players in his 30-man squad for the forthcoming international season.

Rees, who spoke about the development process in an interview with The XV last month, selected the players from a preliminary group of 52 players.

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Developing Welsh rugby’s next generation: Gruff Rees

9 Jan


As Ospreys skills coach and the newly-appointed head coach of the Wales Under 18 side, Gruff Rees is just the man to give an encouraging, if cautionary, assessment of Welsh rugby.

Sporting an Ospreys hat and hoodie together with a pair of WRU tracksuit bottoms, Rees looks the part, and he talks it too, as he shares with The XV his thoughts about future Welsh prospects, the regional game and the Premiership.

We meet for a coffee straight after a day’s work with the Ospreys, although there is little need for caffeine to enliven Rees (above, centre, with Wales Under 18s team manager Gethin Watts and assistant Dale McIntosh), who is relishing his new role with the Wales Under 18s.

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Cardiff fans call on WRU to do more for grassroots rugby

17 Dec

The deep freeze has taken a vice-tight hold on the UK this winter, and grassroots rugby in Cardiff is one area where the cold has hit particularly hard.

Some schools have been unable to play any rugby for five-week periods due to frozen pitches, and the inactivity has brought some uncomfortable truths to the surface.

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Radyr 7 – 24 Glantaf: Report

15 Dec

Fantastic view across Cardiff as Radyr host Glantaf

 

The cold snap has thwarted rugby in Cardiff but today Ysgol Glantaf out-stayed Radyr Comprehensive, in what turned out to be an incredibly physical encounter at Radyr.

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This is: The XV

26 Oct

“The whole point of rugby is that it is, first and foremost, a state of mind, a spirit” – Jean-Pierre Rives.

Rugby in Wales is all of these things, and we want The XV to be your stage, your forum. We’ll feature the best stories, the most exciting match reports and we want to know what rugby means to you.

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