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Your News WRU inaugural Youth Board appointed
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The Welsh Rugby Union has

appointed the first members of its inaugural Youth Board after an

online selection process which saw a host of high calibre

candidates submit video applications via YouTube.

The board is made up of fifteen individuals aged between 16 and 21,

seven of whom are female and eight male, who form a wide

geographical representation of Wales and the national game, and

will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th

February.

Three members hail from North or mid Wales with Ela Jones (17) an

U10s and U14s coach at Denbigh RFC, Dafydd Duggan (17) from

Llandidloes RFC and Kay Davies (18) originally from Trefeglwys, but

studying Sport Management at Cardiff Met University.

Thomas George (17) and one of the two youngest members Dan Evans

(16) are furthest West, with Thomas a member of Fishguard Rugby

Club in Pembrokeshire and Dan associated to Pembrokeshire Colleges,

Dyffryn Taff School and Whitland RFC, whilst Cameron Petrie (17) is

Carmarthenshire based, at Llandovery College, but also a member of

the Ospreys academy.

Further East on the M4 corridor 16-year-old Samuel Evans is from

Dulais Valley and attends Llangatwg Community School whilst

coaching his club’s U7s side and Menna Preece (18) is from Seven

Sisters and also with the Ospreys academy.

Andrew Moule, 19, from Port Talbot gains much of his knowledge of

rugby from being a referee, but the board member with perhaps the

most impressive rugby credentials is Calum Haggett, also 19, who is

from Gilfach Goch rugby club – but is also the former Wales U18s

captain.

Bronwen Prosser, 19, is another member studying in Cardiff, she is

undertaking a degree in Engineering, but describes herself as a

complicated Welsh girl and originally hails from Taunton in

Somerset.

Johanna Penrose, 17, is also currently local to the Welsh capital,

studying at St John’s college, although she is originally from

Machen.

Millie Williams, who is the other ‘youngster’ at 16-years-old,

represents Wattstown RFC, but also has an association with the

Cardiff Blues academy and has featured for the Wales Womens U18s

side.

Most easterly, Luke Rees (19) is an Abertillery RFC player who

coaches, has been an international ball boy and is also a Sport

Wales ambassador and, finally, 18-year-old Jo Williams is a Dragons

Senior Womens player and a Level 1 referee, from Treharris.

“We have gathered a rich and varied array of young

talent to form the inaugural WRU Youth Board and I am very much

looking forward to meeting everyone at our first meeting in

February,” said WRU chief executive Martyn

Phillips, who will chair the board – which will meet quarterly over

the next two years – himself.

“We have a packed agenda and we are going to go right

to the heart of some of the big issues affecting Welsh rugby at the

moment for our first meeting, with no holding

back.

“We asked each of the candidates to give their views on how

we should engage as a Union with future players, referees,

volunteers and supporters – people of their own generation and the

next one coming through and we will be going deeper into those

views.

“We will also be discussing the future of the youth board

itself, its aims and its objectives and what we want it to achieve

and asking some of the bigger and wider questions about the WRU and

the way our national sport is viewed and operated.

“This is going to be good, open, honest and frank

discussion and the WRU as an organisation is going to benefit

hugely from what these young people will be able to

offer.

“The new WRU Youth Board will play an important part in the

future of the WRU as will the advisory panel we have selected to

sit alongside it.”

One of the main discussion points on the agenda at the new WRU

Youth Board’s first gathering will be methods of future engagement

with young people in Wales, but the meeting will have a wide

ranging remit and leave no topic off the table in its ongoing

discussions about the national game.

The standard of applications for the Board was extremely high and

so a further list of 30 of the top candidates have been invited to

sit on an ‘advisory panel’ to the board.

The advisory panel will be an important focus group and be asked

for opinions on all WRU Youth Board topics throughout the

year.  All successful applicants have also received free

membership to the WRU’s official supporters club as a recognition

of their dedication to rugby.

WRU Youth Board XV for 2016 – with biographical information

(alphabetical):

Kay Davies, 18, Powys (f) – studying Sport Management at

Cardiff Met University, Sport Cardiff coach,

Trefeglwys

Dafydd Duggan, 17, Powys (m) –  Llandidloes RFC, RGC

Development programme. Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Llanbrynmair

Dan Evans, 16, Pembrokeshire/Carmarthenshire (m) – Ysgol

Dyffryn Taf, Whitland RFC, Pembrokeshire Colleges

Samuel Evans, 16, Neath (m) – Dulais Valley.  Neath

College. U7s coach, level 2. Llandarcy academy of sport. 

Llangatwg Community School

Calum Haggett, 19, Porth (m) – Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw.

Gilfach Goch RFC. Former Wales U18s captain. Tonyrefal

Ela Jones, 17, Denbigh (f) – Clwb Rugby Dinbych, Ysgol Glan

Clwyd, Nant Conwy girls. Coach U10s, U14s.

Andrew Moule, 19, Port Talbot (m) – Glan Afan Comprehensive.

Referee.

Johanna Penrose, 17, Machen (f) - Wyclif Christian School,

Caerphilly. St John’s College Cardiff

Cameron Petrie, 17, Llandovery (m) – Llandovery College.

Ospreys Academy

Thomas William George, 17, Pembrokeshire (m) – Ysgol Wdig,

Fishguard RFC. Player, coach, ref.

Menna Preece, 18, (f) Powys – Ospreys academy, Seven

Sisters

Bronwen Prosser, 19, Cardiff (f) – King’s College Taunton.

Studying Engineering in Cardiff 

Luke Rees, 19, Abertillery (m) – Youth Sport Trust, Sport

Wales. University of South Wales.  Abertillery RFC player and

coach. Ball boy. Sport Wales ambassador.

Emily (Millie) Williams, 16, Wattstown (f) – Porth County

Comprehensive School. Wattstown RFC. Blues. Wales U18s. U15s

coach.

Jo Williams, 18, Newport (f) – Dragons Senior. Level 1 ref.

Treharris

 

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