“il rugby (Femminile) degli altri”: Rowland Phillips e’ il nuovo head coach del Galles

Bella notizia che arriva da Cardiff, con la WRU che ha ieri ufficializzato Rowland Phillips come nuovo head coach (a tempo pieno) del Galles femminile.

Phillips – che abbiamo incontrato nel dicembre 2014 quando ha sfidato Edinburgh Rugby coi suoi London Welsh in Challenge Cup – con un passato a Viadana (sponda Aironi, prima di allenare i Leoni gialloneri), Neath, London Welsh e Galles under-18, assume il ruolo con effetto immediato e iniziera’ a lavorare in vista del prossimo 6 Nations di categoria e della WRWC in programma in Irlanda l’estate prossima.

I’m really excited by the very real challenge in front of us for women’s rugby in Wales. Taking charge of an international side is a great honour but the most pleasing aspect of this role is that we have an abundance of talent in the women’s game in Wales, which has excited me since I started watching the club, regional and international game here four or five seasons ago. There’s a huge increase in interest in women and girls’ rugby in Wales, and globally, at the moment, from international rugby to the community game, and I’m looking forward to being part of that and helping players to fulfil their potential on the field.

L’head coach, che la scorsa stagione ha vinto la B&I Cup con i London Welsh, ha detto che sua figlia Carys – che vanta 26 caps con la maglia del Galles – e’ stata la ragione che lo ha spinto ad avvicinarsi al rugby al femminile: “Carys’ involvement has enabled me to keep a closer eye on women’s rugby over a number of years. I’ve obviously watched her play from a young age as any parent would, but more recently I’ve watched a lot of club, regional and international rugby which has opened my eyes to the talent available and I’m excited by what I see.

A questo link, la prima intervista di Phillips come head coach del Galles femminile – rilasciata a WRU TV.

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