Youth team set for Principality Stadium final

Builth Wells Youth will take on Bridgend Athletic in Saturday’s showpiece final

By Luke Williams   |   Reporter   |
Thursday 21st April 2022 11:00 am
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The Builth Wells youth squad pictured after their semi-final victory against Penarth at Parc de Pugh
The Builth Wells youth squad pictured after their semi-final victory against Penarth at Parc de Pugh (Builth Wells Rugby Club )

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A Powys youth rugby team will walk out onto one of the most prestigious rugby stages in the world this weekend for the final of the Welsh Cup.

Builth Wells Youth are set to compete against Bridgend Athletic in the cup final, which will be played this Saturday, April 23 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The talented side, who have recently returned from a tour of Portugal, secured their place in the final following a 17-11 victory over Penarth at Parc de Pugh, Brecon, at the end of last month.

“The boys are creating history this weekend as Builth will walk out into the Principality Stadium. I’m incredible proud of their efforts,” said youth team head coach, Chris Offa.

“A 70th-minute try secured us the victory to get to this stage - it was a hugely emotional moment for the club and this group of players.”

Chris, who has been head coach for four years and has been involved in the set-up for five, wants his team to relish the occasion and give it their best shot.

“I’ve told the boys to go out and enjoy the day and leave everything out on the pitch,” he said.

“Every member of the squad, from one to 23, has played a part in this run and we’re going to give it our all with the great supporters from Builth behind us.”

“’It’s definitely going to be one to remember,” he added

Chris gave special mention to team manager Lyndon Jones, forwards coach Shaun Hughes and backs coach Hughy Lloyd for their dedication and commitment to the club. He also thanked Lou Davies, who coached many of the current crop of players as juniors, from the age of eight.

Dave Jones, on behalf of the youth team committee, added: “It’s a massive achievement for the club, who have a thriving junior section.

“This run is testament to the commitment of coaches, players, parents and volunteers who are so dedicated to Builth Wells Rugby Club.”

Admission to the stadium is free on the day. If you would like to travel down to watch the match, get in touch with the club via their website or on social media for details on travel arrangements.

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