Wales Girls: Ioan Cunningham and Geraint Lewis appointed interim coaches

Wales have certified for the World Cup in New Zealand subsequent yr

Wales Girls can have one other interim teaching staff in cost for his or her autumn sequence towards Japan, South Africa and Canada.

Ioan Cunningham and Geraint Lewis will lead Wales following Warren Abrahams’ departure as head coach in July.

Former Scarlets assault coach Richard Whiffin will help them, whereas World Rugby teaching intern Sophie Spence stays within the arrange.

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is looking for a everlasting staff boss.

Wales have endured a troubled time with the ladies’s senior aspect having not gained a sport in two years.

In November 2020, the WRU named ex-United States Girls’s assistant sevens coach Abrahams as head coach and former Wales captain Rachel Taylor as full-time girls’s nationwide abilities coach.

Taylor resigned earlier than the Six Nations in March whereas Abrahams left by mutual consent 4 months later after defeats by Scotland, Eire and France.

Nigel Walker has formally began as WRU efficiency director and is charged with enhancing the ladies’s sport earlier than the rearranged 2022 World Cup in New Zealand 12 months away.

“The ladies’s efficiency programme is certainly one of my prime priorities at current as I stay up for getting caught into this thrilling function,” he mentioned.

“The search has begun for a brand new Wales Girls head coach, however we’re additionally assured we’ve the best staff to help the gamers this autumn as they begin to construct in direction of subsequent autumn’s rearranged Rugby World Cup.”

The interim teaching staff led a three-day coaching camp final weekend with a wider participant group that can be narrowed right down to a closing autumn squad subsequent week.

The three matches can be staged on the Arms Park in Cardiff, which would be the dwelling floor for the season. Wales face Japan on 7 November, South Africa on 13 November and Canada eight days later.

Former Scarlets head coach Cunningham joins Lewis as a full-time WRU efficiency coach after main Wales Underneath-20s within the 2021 Six Nations.

“I am excited to return on board on a full-time foundation and work with our feminine Welsh expertise,” mentioned Cunningham.

“Final weekend was glorious, we have put some foundations in place for the autumn which is simply across the nook and with subsequent yr’s Girls’s Six Nations and Rugby World Cup in thoughts.

“Now we have been happy with the performances of Welsh gamers within the Allianz Premier 15s.

“The gamers are testing one another week after week in high-intensity video games in order that after they play Check rugby they will ship at a excessive degree. Competitors drives requirements and that is what we would like.”

Lewis has been concerned with the Wales Underneath-18s and Underneath-20s and has stepped into the ladies’s set-up beforehand alongside Chris Horsman for the 2020 Six Nations.

“It is all the time a privilege to be concerned with any worldwide staff and including coaches who’re vastly skilled in skilled rugby is already elevating requirements at coaching,” added Lewis.

“We have seen enchancment already and our autumn opposition will check us in many alternative areas which is precisely what we would like at this cut-off date.

“We’re trying ahead to returning to Cardiff Arms Park and welcoming crowds again to our matches. Hopefully we may give them one thing to cheer over the following couple of months.”

‘We wish to present what we will do’

Siwan Lillicrap
Siwan Lillicrap performs within the back-row for Bristol Bears Girls

Siwan Lillicrap will stay as captain and mentioned: “As gamers, it has been good to be again collectively.

“We set some baseline requirements on the weekend for the following 12 months and we’re embracing what this teaching staff is bringing to the group.

“Now we have an excellent mix of autumn video games to be enthusiastic about. They may problem us and supply good preparation for the yr forward.

“It will likely be nice to welcome supporters again to dwelling video games on the Arms Park.

“Lots of our gamers have been making their presence identified for his or her golf equipment just lately and we wish to present what we will do in entrance of a Welsh crowd.”

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