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George and uncapped Neumann in Wales womens squad

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Lisa Neumann and Lleucu George (pictured) have both been named on the bench for this Friday’s Women’s Six Nations match against Scotland in Colwyn Bay (18:00).

Neumann is one of six uncapped players, to be named in the squad with four of those in the starting line-up.

Lock Natalia John (Ospreys), openside Beth Lewis (Scarlets), scrum-half Jade Knight (Scarlets) and wing Hannah Bluck (Cardiff Blues) are all set to earn their first caps in the opening game of the tournament.

In wing Jess Kavanagh-Williams and replacement forwards Gwenllian Pyrs and Teleri Davies (the latter initially named as a Development Player), there are three RGC players in the matchday squad. Scarlets back Lisa Neumann could also make her Wales debut from the bench.

Head coach Rowland Phillips says he is building for the future, and with only three of his players boasting more than 20 caps each, believes there is a new energy in the team.

“We’re beginning to see more competition for places, which is reflected in our selections for Friday,” says Phillips. “We’ve got an average age of 24, so I expect these players to be pushing each other on for many years to come. It feels like a fresh start for Wales Women and we’re looking to play some good rugby against a strong Scotland side.”

Friday’s match will be a double-header with Wales U20 – who kick off at 20:15 – at the newly-named Stadiwm Zip World (formerly Parc Eirias).

Phillips says: “I’m sure there will be a great crowd of supporters out to cheer the girls on this Friday evening in Colwyn Bay, especially with the added interest of having three players from North Wales in our side.

“That said, Wales Women owe a lot to the players and coaches that have come through the system in North Wales, so it’s only fitting that we’re able to host two games there this season. We’re very excited about being there.”

Wales Women team to face Scotland:

15 Jodie Evans (Scarlets)

14 Hannah Bluck* (Cardiff Blues)

13 Kerin Lake (Ospreys)

12 Rebecca De Filippo (Dragons)

11 Jess Kavanagh-Williams (RGC)

10 Robyn Wilkins (Ospreys)

9 Jade Knight* (Scarlets)

1 Caryl Thomas (Scarlets)

2 Carys Phillips (c) (Ospreys)

3 Amy Evans (Ospreys)

4 Natalia John* (Ospreys)

5 Mel Clay (Ospreys)

6 Alisha Butchers (Scarlets)

7 Beth Lewis* (Scarlets)

8 Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys)

Replacements

16 Kelsey Jones (Ospreys)

17 Gwenllian Pyrs (RGC)

18 Cerys Hale (Dragons)

19 Teleri Davies* (RGC)

20 Nia Elen Davies (Scarlets)

21 Rhiannon Parker (Cardiff Blues)

22 Lleucu George (Scarlets)

23 Lisa Neumann* (Scarlets)

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New Radio series on remarkable rise of women’s football

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FROM hand-me-downs to heroes, a new three-part show celebrates the incredible growth of women’s football in Wales

BBC Radio Wales has today announced a new series Iconic: The Rise of the Women in Red, documenting the rise of women’s football in Wales. 

Presented by Jess Fishlock, Wales’ most capped footballer, the series offers an unprecedented look into the evolution of women’s football from its humble beginnings to its current status as a sporting phenomenon. With exclusive access to the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the series features in-depth interviews with prominent figures in the sport, including Welsh captain Sophie Ingle and midfield star Angharad James.

The series delves into the early days of women’s football when players wore hand-me-down kits from the men’s teams and played in front of modest crowds. It tells of the struggles of those who paved the way for the current generation of female footballers, to the present day where thousands of fans flock to stadiums to watch women’s football, and even more tune in to the television and radio coverage.

Jess Fishlock says, “I’m really excited that our story’s finally getting told and people can see how far this game has gone but also what has been sacrificed to get us to where we are right now in the women’s game.”

Carolyn Hitt, Head of BBC Radio Wales says “The series highlights how more women and girls than ever before are taking up the sport – as fans and as players.  It really showcases the FAW’s efforts to foster this growth and support the women’s game at all levels.  Jess Fishlock’s unique perspective and engaging storytelling brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and aspirations of the team whilst also providing a candid look at the professional journeys of these women.”

Sue Butler, Managing Editor, BBC Wales Sport, says “In the run-up to these crucial play-offs for UEFA Women’s Euro 2025, the series is a timely celebration of the progress and potential of Welsh women’s football. It will inspire and energize fans and players alike as the national team prepares for one of its most significant challenges yet.”

This three-part series will premiere on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Sounds this October.

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A new era for sport and health tech innovation in Wales

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SWANSEA UNIVERSITY has launched the National Network for Innovation In Sport and Health (NNIISH), a new initiative aimed at transforming the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales.

Led by the University and supported by Swansea Bay City Deal and local health boards, NNIISH aims to accelerate the growth of sport tech, med tech and healthcare innovation in the Swansea Bay City Region by bringing together local, national and multinational expertise.

NNIISH is set to be a constantly evolving, collaborative partnership between academia, industry and the NHS.  Its aim is to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new alliances, attracting talent and encouraging investment in order to boost the local economy and make Swansea a global leader in medical and sports technology innovation.   

Professor Keith Lloyd, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science told Herald.Wales: “We are excited to introduce NNIISH, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to enhancing sport and wellbeing across Wales and beyond. By fostering a community across sport, health and technology, we aim to drive forward innovative solutions that will revolutionise the sector.”

Anyone working in sports-tech, med-tech or healthcare who would like to be part of the NNIISH vision –to transform the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales – can sign up to the NNIISH mailing list now.  

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Pembrokeshire teenager to represent Wales in Golf – again!

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JEMMA NAND-LALN, a talented 16-year-old golfer from Tenby, has once again been selected to represent Wales in the Wales Schools squad. This marks the second consecutive year Jemma will don the Welsh colors, a testament to her skill and determination on the golf course.

Jemma will compete against the England Schools team at Stoke Rochford Golf Club in Lincolnshire in early September. This opportunity comes as a significant boost for Jemma, who has recently recovered from major surgery over the winter. Her selection also follows her recognition as the top girl player in Dyfed for 2023.

Her journey reflects not only her personal resilience but also her unwavering commitment to the sport she loves. Jemma’s family, friends, and local supporters are all thrilled with her accomplishment and will be cheering her on as she competes at the national level.

Jemma Nand-Lal’s story is an inspiration to many young athletes, demonstrating that with hard work and dedication, overcoming obstacles and achieving great success is possible.

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