IN a presentation ceremony held on Saturday, Crusaders U18 players Morgan Johnson and Will Mills received their U16’s International caps from last season at the WRL’s third annual cap presentation event at the Village Hotel in Cardiff.
With proud parents looking on, the presentation ceremony recognised players gaining national caps at Wales under 16s, 18s, Students and Dragonhearts.
Last year, Wales under 16s will took on Super League and international opposition in an exciting series of fixtures. .
The first game in their programme was a warm up match against the Welsh Junior Conference side, South Wales Rabbitohs at Pontyclun, this was a tough test for the squad coming together for the first time but resulting in the Welsh Under 16s pipping the Rabbitohs to the post.
Catalans Dragons visited Wales for a match against the under 16s at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli on Saturday 23rd July 2016 to kick off one of the biggest programmes for this age grade for a long time.
In the first of their tough set of fixtures, Wales under 16s produced a remarkable result as they beat Junior Super league side Catalans Dragons 34-6 at Parc Stebonheath in Llanelli with both Mills and Johnson featuring heavily.
They then looked to to bounce back from a 38-16 loss away at West Hull when they hosted North West England Lionhearts at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli. However, a spirited second half response and strong ball carrying from Mills was not enough for Wales as they succumbed to the older North West England Lionhearts under 17s 22-12.
The programme then concluded in Ashbourne, Ireland with a dominant display of rugby league with the Welsh side finding an edge over Ireland U16s with North Wales winger Morgan Johnson going over in the corner and then closing the game out with a difficult conversion from a well worked Welsh try.