The Wales men’s national deaf rugby team is ready to face off against their English rivals this Sunday in Lanchashire for the Broadstreet Cup Challenge. Wales won last year’s edition 20 – 8.
Wales is ready to give England a challenge. The team goes into this game having won their last four international matches. The Welsh side’s last international was against series South Africa in August, which they won 2 – 0 on the road in Johannesburg.
Welsh Rugby Union President Dennis Gethin is actively supporting his side. He sent the team a message saying, “I am confident you will continue your successful record against England on Sunday and start your new season with a resounding victory. Good luck to you all especially the newly capped players, and I look forward to seeing you soon and celebrating Wales’ retention of the Broadstreet Cup. Please pass on my kindest regards to my friend Bill Beaumont, the Chairman of the RFU, while doing your utmost to ensure that he does not have cause for any celebration.”
The announced squad for Wales for this game includes Adam Brake, Aron Humphries, Celyn Ashton, Dan Vella, David Wellbeloved, Dwayne Evans, Gareth John, Jack Tugwell, Jon Cudd, Ken Dowding, Kieran Watkins, Nigel Marcus Lear, Owen Jones, Richard Hicks, Richard Jones, Richard Lewis, Rob Mills, Ryan Shallish, Sam Gallagher, Sean Driscoll, Tim Parkinson, John James, and Neirin Butler. James and Butler will be making their first caps for the national team in this game.
England is also ready to go up against their Welsh foes, after a national team training camp at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire. The team’s last international was a friendly last fall against Italy, which they convincingly won 131 – 0. Kevin Osborne and Ivan Fellowes are scheduled to make their debuts for England at this match. The team has a tough go though as the last time they beat Wales was at the Fylde Rugby Club.
Former England rugby union captain Bill Beaumont will be attending the game as the guest of honor. As a lock, he led his team to an unexpected victory in the 1980 Grand Slam. Despite being absent from the field, Beaumont’s presence is still felt in the sport; he is currently serves as a member of the International Rugby Board and is the Chairman of the Rugby Football Union.