Coleg y Cymoedd’s learners and staff are celebrating as their college’s under 18s squad triumph for the second year running over longstanding rivals Coleg Sir Gar to become the 2016 WRU Rugby Colleges champions.
The landslide victory between the two college squads at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was the fourth successive final to see both teams face each other.
In a tense game, supporters of both teams were kept on the edge of their seats, before Coleg y Cymoedd’s team stretched their lead with a 20 point difference to make the final score 44-24. This marks Cymoedd’s second consecutive victory against Coleg Sir Gar.
The win marks Coleg y Cymoedd’s most successful season since its formation in 2013, following the merger between Coleg Morgannwg and Ystrad Mynach College. In addition to reaching the finals at the Principality Stadium, the college’s second team also secured a place at the semi-finals of the British Colleges Cup
Commenting on the win and the outstanding performance of the squad to date, Clive Jones, director of rugby at Coleg y Cymoedd, said:
“2015-16 has been another successful season for the rugby programme and we’re delighted to have retained the U18 championship”.
“The boys’ commitment and preparation has been outstanding. Their dedication has been reflected by regional and national selection with 7 players gaining Welsh caps.
At the College Rugby Academy the boys receive expert rugby tuition, rugby analysis and strength & conditioning to help maximise their rugby potential. However, the College Academy also ensures that rugby learners are prepared academically should a career in rugby not materialise.
Clive Jones continued to say, "As pleasing as it is to reach three finals, it is even more special to see the players succeed in their learning too. It shows that the programme is working both on and off the field. We place great store on working with these boys to develop qualities and values that will help them prosper in their futures, be it in education, employment or professional rugby."