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A New-look Welsh Squad

Ioan Cunningham has announced the names of 42 players to form the first Welsh training squad for 2022 They are: Ffion Lewis (Worcester Warriors) Keira Bevan (Bristol Bears) Megan Davies (Exeter Chiefs) Emma Swords (Harlequins) Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears) Flo Williams (Wasps) Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury) Lleucu George (Gloucester-Hartpury) Kerin Lake (Gloucester-Hartpury) Gemma Rowland (Wasps) Hannah

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Source: Exeter Chiefs

Welsh Retainer Contracts – The World Cup is looming

The Wales Rugby Union has fulfilled its promise to provide retainer contracts to complement the twelve full-time contracts awarded earlier this month. The nine players are: Abbie Fleming (Exeter Chiefs), Bethan Lewis (Gloucester-Hartpury), Caitlin Lewis (Exeter Chiefs), Cerys Hale (Gloucester-Hartpury), Georgia Evans (Saracens), Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury), Kat Evans (Saracens), Kerin Lake (Gloucester-Hartpury) and Niamh Terry

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Source: INPHO/Craig Watson

It has come to pass – Welsh Contracts

Welsh women rugby players are to receive full professional contracts, but only up to ten of them. Up to fifteen more will be offered retainers. They come into effect at the start of next year. Precise details are yet to be provided, but this amounts to an enormous step forward for a squad that has

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Source: New Zealand Rugby

Black Ferns Prepare – Wales and England help them

The Black Ferns began preparations at London Irish’s training ground in Shepperton with two adjusted games against England Under 20s and Wales. It was kind of New Zealand and Welsh information services to let us know about England’s participation. Two different Ferns teams won the games 83-3 and 53-7 respectively. This was a cunning plan

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Source: WRU

Wales – New Developments

The WRU has announced that the three men brought in as interim coaches for Wales Women will stay in post through to the World Cup. They are Ioan Cunningham, Geraint Lewis and Richard Whiffin, assisted by Sophie Spence, the intern. This is a sensible move to ensure stability and a degree of certainty for the

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Source: P Yates : World Rugby

Wales – ‘Mistakes were made‘

In his annual report the chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union, Rob Butcher, has addressed the problem of women’s rugby in the Principality. It amounts to an admission of guilt. He resorts to the use of the future tense to an alarming degree, rather like a government promising gold at the end of the rainbow:

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Finger on the Pulse – Where does Welsh Rugby go now?

News breaks that Rachel Taylor, once briefly assistant coach to Wales women, has been appointed as Performance Coach at Sale Sharks. There she will assist Katy Daley-Mclean in continuing Sharks’ advance, begun last year. This is merely the latest item of unwelcome news for the Principality. It’s impossible to find any findings of the enquiry

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