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Wales Women 7s squad announced for Lisbon

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THE Wales Women 7s squad has been named ahead of the Rugby Europe Sevens Championship Series opener in Lisbon this weekend (5-6 June).

Head coach Warren Abrahams has named a squad brimming with potential, with Worcester Warriors’ Alex Callender handed the captaincy. With this tournament offering a route to qualification for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, there is plenty of incentive for the Welsh girls.

The first leg of the Women’s Championship, which was formerly known as the Grand Prix, will feature nine teams from across the continent with Wales featuring in Pool B alongside Poland and Belgium.

Wales’ first match of the day will be against Poland (10.22am local time), before taking on Belgium later in the afternoon (12.22pm local time).

“It’s always exciting for the girls to be part of a journey like this and a privilege to wear the Wales badge,” said Abrahams.

“The game of sevens brings out a lot of excitement – it is going to be a short and intense campaign but it is going to be a lot of fun and pretty exciting.

“This campaign presents an opportunity to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and we’re really lucky to be in this position – we have got to take this opportunity with both hands.

“I’m always confident of these girls and although we had some tough times during the Six Nations campaign, this group has a hell of a lot of potential and it’s my responsibility along with the rest of the coaching group to unlock that potential. That potential is what fuels us as we keep finding ways of unlocking the potential and making sure our players are in the best possible position for these two games against Poland and Belgium on day one.”

WRU CEO Steve Phillips, added: “It’s great to see this group of players and management team coming through the other side of COVID with resilience and grit. The pandemic has wreaked havoc with their aspirations but they are now within touching distance of reaching their ultimate goal – qualification for the Commonwealth Games would be just reward for this remarkable group of players.”

Wales Women’s 7s squad for Lisbon

Alisha Butchers (Bristol Bears)

Alex Callender (Worcester Warriors – Capt)

Gwen Crabb (Gloucester-Hartpury)

Bethan Dainton (Harlequins)

Georgia Evans (Saracens

Bethan Lewis (Gloucester-Hartpury)

Caitlin Lewis (Unattached)

Jade Mullen (Harlequins)

Lisa Neumann (Sale Sharks)

Kayleigh Powell (Bristol Bears)

Shona Powell-Hughes (Gloucester-Hartpury)

Megan Webb (Unattached)

Robyn Wilkins (Gloucester-Hartpury)

Rugby Europe Sevens Championship Series

Pools:

Pool A: Russia, Germany, Romania

Pool B: Poland, Belgium, Wales

Pool C: Scotland, Spain, Portugal

The tournament will be live streamed on Rugby Europe TV

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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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