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Rugby Union: Boost for Welsh youngsters.

I DID the Welsh Rugby Union a disservice when I mentioned that they had turned down a request for the front two rows at the Millennium Stadium to be reserved for under 18- year-olds, writes Huw S Thomas.

WRU ticket officer Ken Hewitt has pointed out that although the WRU does not reserve front row seats near the pitch, their policy this year has been changed to help accommodate both schoolboys and youth players.

"Two thousand so-called ringside seats, all priced at pounds 14, are now sent on allocation to the Welsh Schools, who distribute them in equal proportion amongst the Junior (U11), Intermediate (U16) and Senior Group (U18)," stressed Hewitt.

"We requested tickets at the cheapest price," said Schools Secretary Mike Farley "and there is a good take up for all the autumn games at the lower prices."

WYRU treasurer David Chard confirmed that students or apprentices who could not manage pounds 38 are "now happier to find pounds 14."

At Murrayfield, the SRU has a policy which reserves all front five rows of seats for youngsters.

They have a system where a parent and accompanying child pay pounds 12 each for a ringside ticket, even for Six Nations matches.

For the autumn internationals, the SRU has promoted a scheme where a school or club junior section organises three trips to Murrayfield (minimum 15 boys), it receives a pounds 400 sports voucher and pounds 200 if attending two of the three games.

In the WYRU National U-18 Districts Cup, Swansea beat Caerphilly 20-6 and Heart of Wales lost twice, 37-24 to Caerphilly and 13-7 to Gogledd Cymru.

Up to 80 boys will be in action at the Welsh Youth trial at Haverfordwest on Saturday in two games, at 11.30am and 1pm.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 6, 2002
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