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‘Super 5s’ to kick Welsh Women’s Regional Championship off

‘Super 5s’ to kick Welsh Women’s Regional Championship off

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The 2019 Women’s Six Nations is just five months away and Wales head coach Rowland Phillips plans to use the Women’s Regional Championship as a six-week trial for squad selection.

The 2019 Women’s Six Nations is just five months away and Wales head coach Rowland Phillips plans to use the Women’s Regional Championship as a six-week trial for squad selection.

Phillips this week confirmed his belief that the Women’s Regional Championship will be the most competitive to date and will exclusively select his Wales squad from the five regional squads in action over the next six weekends.

The streamlined Women’s Regional Championship will be launched with a ‘Super 5s’ event at St Helen’s this Sunday, where all five regions will play each other in a series of high-paced, shortened matches.

The competition follows an intense conditioning programme led by Phillips and his Wales coaching and conditioning teams during the pre-season.


Phillips said: “The pre-season programme has raised fitness and skill levels to give all players the best opportunity to show what they can do in a match situation and compete for places in the Wales squad for the autumn and Women’s Six Nations.

“We are not looking for one-off performances but will gauge consistency over the six-week playing block.

“Our aim is to be as competitive as possible at international level and I’m confident this summer’s programme and the competitive phase will help us to achieve that.

“The pre-season programme required a high level of commitment from the girls, and the seasoned internationals among the squads showed excellent leadership qualities in driving a professional attitude to the training environment on and off the field.


“There are also a raft of new players who have shown they have the potential to play international rugby so it’s certainly been a positive exercise.”

Details of Wales Women’ autumn matches will be confirmed later this month.

Women’s Regional Championship fixtures
Round 1
Sunday 16 September, Pontypridd RFC
12.30 Cardiff Blues v Dragons
14.30 RGC v Scarlets

Round 2 
Sunday 23 September, CSE Ystrad Mynach
12.30 Dragons v Ospreys 
14.30 Scarlets v Cardiff Blues 

Round 3 
Sunday 30 September, Swansea RFC
12.30 Ospreys v Scarlets
14.30 RGC v Cardiff Blues

Round 4 
Sunday 7 October Stadiwm Zipworld 
RGC v Dragons (14.30 )
Sunday 7 October Swansea RFC 
Ospreys v Cardiff Blues (14.30)

Round 5 
Sunday 14 October, Parc y Scarlets
12.30 Scarlets v Dragons 
14.30 RGC v Ospreys