Scarlets Age Grade teams are raring to go and are excited to continue their WRU Championship journey into its second phase. We have explored the importance of these upcoming games and how it benefits the players as well as the Academy process to recruit players into development. But what about the head coaches, here’s what they have to say looking ahead to the next phase;
The under 18s squad have played exceptionally well during the first phase in their WRU Championship beating Dragons on home turf, RGC away in North Wales and the Ospreys home at Parc y Scarlets. Euros Evans, U18s Head Coach explained: “After a very successful start to the campaign the players are looking forward to getting back into the second block of fixtures. As always, the boys have worked hard in training and we are confident that we can improve our performances that will hopefully get us the results that the squad are striving for. Playing our first game back on the main field is a big boost for the players and something they’re all looking forward to.”
Four weeks ago the West 16s squad reformed after the Christmas and New Year break, with players returning to train on Monday 6th of January. The focus for this crew has been one of reintegrating players, refining existing skills, building and fine tuning the lessons learnt after completing round one and working hard on individual, unit and team skills.
Head Coach, Tim Poole explained: “We have a strong solid foundation at the set piece, and the flair, guile and creativity in a very determined back line, it is brand of rugby that as a coaching group we are excited about, certainly in the mould of the Scarlets Style.”
“If round two of the regional programme can be as productive as round one, then we are heading in the right direction in terms of player development. The players have worked extremely hard over the past four weeks, on and off the field, doing themselves and the Scarlets brand proud.”
The Scarlets U16s East have also been busy getting themselves stuck into their training programme. Alun Jones, U16s East Coach explained: “We are very much looking forward to the second block of competitive fixtures after a few months of hard work on some of the fundamental skills. Obviously, we hope that this translates to success on the field, but our ultimate aim is to prepare as many of the region’s young players for their next stage in their elite development.
“Individual player improvement is our main focus at Under 16 level and we measure our success based on the number of players who are in a good position to move on to the combined under 16 team and then the under 18 programme. We are excited by some of the talented youngsters in our squad this year and hope that they will light up Parc y Scarlets in years to come.”
21.01.2020 -- Scarlets U18 v Cardiff Blues KO 19:15 - Parc y Scarlets
29.01.2020 -- Scarlets U16 East v Dragons Black KO 19:15 - Location TBC
29.01.2020 -- Scarlets U16 West v Blues South KO 19:15 - Location TBC
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