Wales teaching workforce to stay for 2022 Rugby World Cup

Former Pontypridd back-rower Geraint Lewis has been concerned in Wales Girls’s teaching set-up since 2019

Wales ladies’s interim teaching workforce will keep in place for the 2022 Rugby World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed.

Ioan Cunningham will stay in cost and be assisted by Geraint Lewis, Richard Whiffin and Sophie Spence.

The teaching workforce have been initially set to take cost of the autumn internationals whereas the WRU looked for a brand new head coach.

However they may now stay in put up for subsequent yr’s match in New Zealand.

Wales will even have a brand new coaching base on the Principality Stadium, transferring throughout from the Vale.

It is going to embody a purpose-built gymnasium, medical centre and workforce rooms and is adjoining to Cardiff Arms Park, which shall be their coaching and enjoying dwelling for the season.

The centre has been utilized by the Wales squad this weekend for his or her first coaching camp for the reason that announcement of the autumn squad.

The transfer is a part of the WRU’s promise to proper the wrongs of the previous which have seen the ladies’s aspect endure on and off the pitch up to now few years.

“I am happy to place my religion on this younger, thrilling workforce of coaches one yr out from the Rugby World Cup,” stated WRU efficiency director Nigel Walker.

“As a union, we’re dedicated to offering the coaches and gamers with the help they should give the squad the very best preparation for subsequent yr’s Rugby World Cup.

“Along with the teaching workforce, the programme will profit from skilled help in areas together with power and conditioning, physiotherapy, medication, diet and efficiency evaluation. We’re dedicated to constructing a world-class ladies’s programme.

“Having fastidiously studied all of the choices, we really feel placing our confidence in these coaches for the following 12 months is the very best resolution accessible to us presently, each by way of their teaching pedigree, the cohesion of the group and the much-needed stability they bring about to the roles.”

Lewis is a well-known face to lots of Wales’ squad members as he was a part of the teaching set-up for the 2019 autumn internationals and the 2020 Six Nations.

Cunningham brings loads of expertise from his time as Wales Below-20 coach and at Scarlets, the place Whiffin was an assault coach.

Wales have been left with no head coach following the departure of Warren Abrahams in the summertime after lower than 9 months within the function.

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