Wales have named a strong 26-man Students squad for the Four Nations championships this Easter in Nottingham as they look to retain their title that they won in Wrexham two years ago.
England, Ireland and Scotland will once again be the opponents and new head coach Latham Tawhai will have a big boost to his side with eight South Wales Scorpions first team squad members available to choose from.
Highly rated Scorpions hooker Connor Farrer is at Coleg Y Cymoedd, Jordan Sheridan, who made his Scorpions’ debut last Sunday, studies full-time at Cardiff Metropolitan University while Matt Wilcox is at Nottingham University.
The remaining five in Harrison Elliot, Alex Randall, Mike Connor, Osian Phillips and Owain Davies are all at University of South Wales in Treforest, with this establishment providing eight players in total.
Tawhai said: “This squad contains a good mix of players with vast experience in the Student national side along with players who are new to the group. There are a good number of players with experience of playing in the Kingstone Press Championships so we've got a very solid base of players to build a team around.
“Some of the new players look very exciting indeed - big, strong and fast - so it will be interesting to see how they go over the next few sessions. The tournament is going to be extremely demanding both physically and mentally so their comfort zones are going to be tested to the limit.
“Overall as a staff we're pretty pleased with the group so far and looking forward to working with the team, but if there is an outside chance we've missed someone out of the selection process thus far, we're willing to consider a player should he illustrate the right credentials. So if there is anyone out there who meets the eligibility criteria for Wales Students, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Student Rugby League Four Nations Championships take place between April 14th and 18th at Nottingham University.
WALES SQUAD: Alex King (Bridgend College), Alex Randall, Harrison Elliot, James Adams, Jono Jones, Mike Connor, Osian Phillips, Owain Davies, Yousif Suliman (all University of South Wales), Ben Stelmazak (Bangor University), Connor Farrer (Coleg Y Cymoedd), Fraser Robinson, Morgan Evans (both University of Bath), Jordan Sheridan, Tom Davies, Spencer Lumby (all Cardiff Metroplitan), Josh Ward (St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London), Lewis Stockton (Coleg Llandrillo), Lewys Weaver (Blackpool and the Fylde College), Lloyd Thomas, Tom Hughes (Loughborough University), Luke Kell, Michael Davies (both University of Gloucestershire), Matt Wilcox (Nottingham Trent University), Rhys Morgan (Aberystwyth University), Tom Davies (Reaseheath College).