College boys taste international action
2:51pm Monday 28th April 2014 in Sport
While most of the country's young rugby players took a well deserved rest away from the game at Easter, Llandovery College boys were busy playing rugby all over Europe, writes Huw S Thomas.
Captain and hooker Dafydd Hughes played for Wales in the European U18 Championships in Poland and No 8 Jordi den Hartog was capped for Holland in the same tournament.
Scrum half Harry Randall, from Tycroes, captained the Wales U16 side at the Wellington College International Festival and in Sunday’s clash with England at the Gnoll while flanker Will Adams toured Portugal with Crawshay's Welsh.
Despite missing these key players, the College took a young side over to Limerick to take on a Munster U17 side and lost narrowly 20-13 after trailing 17-0 at half time.
Tries from flanker Noah Callagahan and wing Steffan Olszanski plus a penalty from centre Ben Phillips were not quite enough to beat the provincial side.
College skipper and hooker Dafydd Hughes, son of former Drovers flanker John Hughes, appeared in all the three games that Wales played in the Elite Group at the European Championships in Wronki.
Wales beat Scotland 23-21, lost narrowly 11-9 to England but clinched third place with a stunning 31-30 win over France.
Jordi den Hartog whose family moved to Newcastle Emlyn at the end of the last century can play front or back row and was in the Holland starting line up at No8 for all three games against Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic in the First Division tournament won by Russia.
Narrow losses to Spain 33-26 and Germany 12-10 were offset by an impressive 46-7 win for the Dutch over the Czechs.
Harry Randall – brother of Drovers wing Jake Randall – not only had an outstanding tournament in the Wellington Festival but was given the captaincy of Wales in the international against France.
Wales ran out 34-17 winners with Randall in fine form and the Ammanford youngster who is already being pursued by rugby agents kept the captaincy for Sunday's game against England at the Gnoll.
Wales just lost 24-22 but in a Man of the Match performance the diminutive Randall scored a try and was a constant thorn in the side the English defence
Builth Wells boy Will Adams turned out for Crawshay's Welsh at the Lisbon International Festival.
The invitation side won three of their four games, the only defeat coming against Biarritz Juniors 3-0 before securing third place with a 31-0 win over Colston's School, Bristol.
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