Women’s Six Nations: Wales v Ireland
Venue: Cardiff Arms Park Date: Sunday, 17 March Kickoff: 13:30 GMT
Coverage: Go on S4C, report on BBC Sport Web Site and app.

It’s really a easy conversion attempt from near the posts.

Nonetheless, it is also your first kick of the match, the consequence of a Six Nations match depends on it, which is into a screaming wind.

And in addition, you are a 19-year-old student making your first beginning from the tournament.

“It was pretty nerve-racking by the limit to want the kick to get the match,” admits Wales centre Lleucu George later Wales’ striking 17-15 conquer Scotland in Glasgow.

Watching from half-way were the rest of the team partners, for example Wales’ most experienced modern player Caryl Thomas.

“It was fingers crossed, but we have tremendous confidence inside her, though some times you just have to modify off,” said Thomas, 33, of this kick that sparked wild celebrations among the players, staff, and hardy traveling buffs on a rain-drenched night in Scotstoun.

“It is really exciting as an older headset visiting new folks coming in and being really competitive to your shirt with good skill sets.

“It is brilliant that these girls from the Under18s are coming “

Wales now have a win and a draw out of their opening four matches, but are one point behind Ireland who they meet at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday.

“I think (my farming background) has helped along with my power, and I received my athletic ability in my parents. As a uni student it’s been tough combining my studies with so much training so many obligations, but I’m doing fine,” she told BBC Sport Wales.

“I have also played (representing Wales), my life’s been exactly about game really.”

Unexpectedly she made her international debut as a flanker aged only 17 from the 2017 World Cup, before shifting to centre after having a brief experimentation at flyhalf.

“(Coach) Rowland Phillips saw something in me I had the skillset to be always a back, ” I played with number 10 and now I’m at twelve, so we’ll see what happens. I believe I’ve got traits from being truly a forwards that help me a spine,” she clarified.

Better club standard

George is just one of several teenagers who’ve represented Wales from the 20-19 campaign, for example full-back Lauren Smyth, lock Gwen Crabb, also flankers Bethan Le, Alex Callander and Manon Johnes.

However Thomas, who passed the halfcentury markers of caps during the tournament, believes improvements are necessary from the Welsh club structure to allow younger players to develop, with the regional matches focused in a block at the beginning of the season.

She expects that Wales will gradually copy the case of England and pay players an expert wage, at least until the young generation have hung up their boots.

“I’d love to believe so, giving players the very opportunity to recover and look after themselves as full-time professionals is your way forward if we would like to grow this specific game.

“However we have to receive our team structure as well as our regional architecture set up for these girls to improve, in England the structures are in a much better place I’m scared to express. Which has to be our priority, so to improve that standard so we are able to compete at international level”

However, for the time being, the Welsh squad will probably soon be returning to their day jobs or studies once the Six Nations has ended.


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