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Wales U19 Squad Announced

Wales U19 Squad Announced

The 40 strong squad contains a few familiar faces alongside many new players who are make their debut at this level.

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New faces include the North Walian quartet of forwards Sian Owen, Lowri Williams (both Denbigh RFC), winger Susan Bagnall (Ruthin) and centre Meriel Edwards (Bethesda).

West Wales provide prop Caryl Thomas and fly half Eulon Davies (both Llandeilo), winger Becky Stilwell (Carm Quins) and lock Stephanie Dew (Morriston).

Exiles Sophie Williams (Camberley) and Rhiannon Evans (Anstey) make the squad for the first time alongside the Llantwit Fardre trio of Hannah Torangi, Gemma Williams and Rhian Bowden.

Experience comes in the form of current senior squad members Stacey Saunders (Tylorstown) and Eirlys Lougher (Llandeilo) whilst Llandaff North provide five players in scrum half Amy Day, lock Vicky Gaylard, full back Vicky McGrath and centres Jess Kidley and Paula Mullen.

Last seasons captain, UWIC’s Marie Bancroft, is still eligible at U19 level and will be hoping to lead her country again on their week long tour to Miami in February.

Training begins on December 14th with a warm up game against Llandaff North seniors on January 5th. The squad will be reduced to 24 on January 6th with the squad departing for America on February 17th to play both America and Canada U19’s. They then face England U19 home and away on their return.

Head Coach Gareth Mahoney said: ” The standard has risen immeasurably over the last 12 months as the U16’s begin to come through. It was hard selecting 40 players so it will be an even tougher task getting it down to 24 but that’s what we want.”

Wales U19 squad:

Siobhan Appleby (Denbigh)

Susan Bagnall (Ruthin)

Amy Baker (Cwmbran)

Marie Bancroft (UWIC)

Kim Boaler (Blaenau Gwent)

Rhian Bowden (Llantwit Fardre)

Becky Davies (Brecon)

Eulon Davies (Llandeilo)

Amy Day (Llandaff North)

Stephanie Dew (Morriston)

Meriel Edwards (Bethesda)

Elen Evans (Dolgellau)

Rhiannon Evans (Anstey)

Vicky Gaylard (Llandaff North)

Jenna Gregg (Cwmbran)

Faye Hedley (Denbigh)

Aimee Jones (Waunarlwydd)

Ffion Jones (Caernarfon)

Amy Kelland (Tylorstown)

Jess Kidley (Llandaff North)

Rachel Lane (Morriston)

Eirlys Lougher (Llandeilo)

Vicky McGrath (Llandaff North)

Paula Mullen (Llandaff North)

Laura Ogden (Llantwit Fardre)

Ceri Ogwen Jones (Bethesda)

Sian Owen (Denbigh)

Michaela Reed (Morriston)

Rhian Rees (Llandeilo)

Cara Rix (Waunarlwydd)

Hannah Roberts (Cwmbran)

Stacey Saunders (Tylorstown)

Becky Stilwell (Carm Quins)

Caryl Thomas (Llandeilo)

Christie Thompson (Blaenau Gwent)

Hannah Torangi (Llantwit Fardre)

Sara Weldon (UWIC)

Lowri Williams (Denbigh)

Sophie Williams (Camberley)

Gemma Williams (Llantwit Fardre)

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