Local News & Archive, Local Sport, Point FM Sport — March 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm — Updated: March 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

RGC to face all-Wales test at Eirias


Welsh Rugby Union

RGC will face a Wales side this summer at Eirias Park in a lucrative post-season friendly match.

The Principality Premiership side will take on Wales’ training squad in Colwyn Bay on Friday 2nd June – as the culmination of a six-day training camp in North Wales, overseen by forwards coach Robin McBryde.

Both the training camp and the friendly will form part of Wales’ preparations for this summer’s two Test matches against Tonga and Samoa, although the venue for the first Test is yet to be decided because of pitch problems in Nuku’alofa.

McBryde, part of the 2005 Grand Slam-winning squad in the Six Nations, will take caretaker charge while both Warren Gatland and Rob Howley are involved in the Lions’ tour of New Zealand. He said: ”We are delighted to be heading to North Wales this summer. The camp will be the first week the whole squad for the tour convene after their respective regional and club commitments so we will be looking to hit the ground running.”

”We received a fantastic welcome to North Wales on our last visit as part of our Rugby World Cup preparation in 2015 and I’m delighted that we are able to return once again. The North Wales community welcomed us with open arms on our last visit and they have taken Wales U20 under their wing so it’s great to be able to take the national squad back to North Wales…not only will the match be hugely important for the squad off the field, it will be a great spectacle to see RGC line-up against the Welsh side and a huge opportunity for all those players.”

The Wales squad will arrive at Eirias Park on Sunday 28th May with full details on their clash with RGC to be released in due course. Apart from those players picked for the Lions’ tour, Wales are expected to field a full strength team – while McBryde will be backed up by Scarlets’ backs coach Stephen Jones and Cardiff Blues duo Danny Wilson and Matt Sherratt.

RGC head coach Mark Jones added: ”This fixture is a fantastic opportunity for RGC and North Wales rugby to help Wales prepare for their important up and coming tour.  Perhaps even more importantly for me, it shows how far we’ve come as a development region. Players who have come right through the pathway in North Wales will have the ultimate honour – the chance to play against our national team, demonstrating the pathway now in place for North Wales players to develop to a very high level.”

Meanwhile, with the Gogs entering the final phase of their first season in the top flight, the club learnt on Monday it would travel to Pontypridd’s Sardis Road for their televised WRU Cup semi-final with Merthyr on Saturday 25th March – kick off is at 4.45pm.

The Gogs sit fourth in the Premiership table ahead of Saturday’s first tier clash at home to Bedwas (1pm ko).

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