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Lillicrap joins Wales Under-18s coaching team

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Wales Women Under-18 coach Liza Burgess says she is delighted with the coaching team that she has assembled for the side.

Burgess, who captained the international side 62 times as a player and previously coached the national team, will step down from her role as coach of Allianz Premier 15s side Worcester Warriors at the end of the season to focus on her Wales coaching role.

And she has managed to enlist the services of current Wales Women captain Siwan Lillicrap and former player Catrina Nicholas-McLaughlin to coach alongside her.

Also a part of the team is current Gloucester-Hartpury backs coach Oli Wilson, while Warriors Women General Manager will be team manager.

Burgess said: “The coaching team, I’m absolutely delighted. Obviously Siwan, current captain of Wales who’s just had a full-time contract, is for these young girls an incredible role model. She’s going to be working with us as a skills coach, so it’s great to have Siwan there.

“And then of course Cat Nicholas. She’s a formidable athlete of her time, a formidable rugby player. I played with Cat but also she’s a very experienced level four coach and she’s going to bring that wealth of experience and knowledge with her.

“Then of course we’ve got Oli Wilson as well, who I worked with at Hartpury, who’s also got a wealth of experience and heads up the junior programme as well as coaching in the Allianz league over in England.”

The new coaching team comes at a time where the Welsh Rugby Union is to try to create and restore more pathways to encourage and allow women to progress through the game.

It is hoped that after the under-18 regional matches have finished later this month a squad can be formed for matches against other TikTok Six Nations sides later in the year.