From a coaching perspective, this is a culmination of plenty of hard work on the training pitch and a chance for coach Andrew Williams to finally watch his players back on the field playing a competitive game.
“The start of the National Schools and Colleges League is naturally an exciting time for everyone associated with the Rugby Academy at Coleg Llandrillo but the start of this season’s competition has that added sense of excitement and intrigue. For our learners in their second year it should be a particularly emotional occasion.
The effort and commitment they have shown over the past 12 months has been nothing short of sensational. Without fail their attendance both remotely and face to face to every session, come rain or shine demonstrates their love for rugby and their thirst to learn and develop. As a coach and mentor I’m full of admiration for each and every one of them and seeing them take to the field on Wednesday will be a brilliant moment
This year the format sees us compete against both educational establishments in the Dragons region in the first phase. The new format will see us play Coleg Gwent and Newport High School home and away before the competition splits into three tiers based on league standings. Therefore, getting off to a good start is vital if we are to fulfil our aspirations come December.
We have been working hard as a college group over the past 9/10 weeks to integrate the u17 and u18 group together, and it’s fair to say that the camaraderie amongst the group is first class. It never ceases to amaze me how these young boys come together in such a short space of time.
There are certainly some talented players in this year's squad, but with the experience, these young boys have had due to COVID-19 the most important aspect this year is to see them playing rugby with a smile on their face. I’m sure the rest will follow.”
RGC Performance Manager Josh Leach will also cast his eyes over the upcoming games with the chance to see Academy players return to rugby.
“RGC and Coleg Llandrillo Under 18s have both been training regularly throughout the summer and are yet to have much game time, so I think the lads are pretty excited about the beginning of the WRU Wednesday School & Colleges league this week and a return to some meaningful competition.
Coleg Llandrillo continues to offer a great rugby programme for their students, alongside a wide range of quality academic and vocational courses, so it is no surprise that so many RGC Pathway players from across North Wales choose to study there. The college's presence in the top schools and colleges league in the country is so important in the development of RGC Pathway players, in providing more high-quality training and games as well as learning to deal with the week in week out challenges of travelling down South to play.”
Newport High School v Coleg Llandrillo
Coleg Llandrillo v Coleg Gwent
Newport High School v Coleg Gwent
Coleg Llandrillo v Newport High School
Coleg Gwent v Coleg Llandrillo