Gerwyn Coleman, David Harris and Curtis Povey were all selected for the Wales U16’s rugby squad in January and have done themselves and the College proud!
The Welsh squad got their competitive spirit under-way at the Wellington International Festival at Wellington College in Berkshire, which kicked off on the 30th March and ended on April 5th. Teams from all over Europe and America were part of the rugby Festival and all of the teams were in good spirit.
The Welsh side won four of their five matches, with victories over France, Scotland, the USA at Under 16 level and Saracens U17, only losing to hosts England in the final game.
First up for the young Welsh side was USA on Saturday 30 March, which they won convincingly 45 points to 16. Wales scored seven tries in all including a great try from Curtis Povey in the corner.
Wales coach Simon Davies said, “The USA were a very big, physical side but we showed our intention to play as much rugby with the ball in hand as possible.”
The next fixture was against a strong Scotland team in another uncapped international, which took place on Monday 1st of April. Despite a strong first half performance by Wales and great passages of play by David Harris, Wales won the match by 27 points to 26.
Wales’ first of two capped Test matches came against France on Tuesday 2 April. In a competitive match, Wales were able to overcome France’s physicality and put out a great performance. Gerwyn Coleman won his first cap and made a great impact on the game with big tackles, clever play and aggressive running. Curtis Povey also won his first cap in this game and likewise made a great impact on the game by breaking the defensive line and defenders, making accurate kicks and tackling aggressively. Wales won the fixture comfortably by 25-6.
The next fixture was against an older squad of players, Saracens U17’s. Despite trailing to the Saracens side 31-8 at half-time, Wales then produced an outstanding demonstration of attacking rugby to score 39 points. A great performance by David Harris through his ferocious scrimmaging, rucking, attacking and supporting play contributed to an epic comeback to help Wales win 47-31.
The final game saw Wales take on England in Oxford on a sunny Saturday afternoon. This was the biggest fixture so far for Wales and they came out of the blocks on fire. The first half saw Wales break England’s defence to pieces with great attacking play from the entire Wales team. Gerwyn Coleman showed great hands in the midfield on numerous occasions to allow space for the Wales backs to infiltrate the opened gaps. Curtis Povey made great attacking runs, which made the English defence nervous. Curtis was also very unlucky to just have a foot in touch to disallow his very well finished try in the English corner. Both Gerwyn and Curtis played their hearts out for the time they were on the field and Wales were very unlucky to lose the game 32-26.
To conclude this report Gerwyn, David and Curtis have done remarkably well and are great prospects for the future.