Nr training courses: New Nr trainers ‘ready to take on the world’

Updated May 26, 2018 12:08:36 The first group of new Nr trainers have arrived in Wales.

The new trainers will begin training on Wednesday at a Nr academy in Cardiff, which will then travel to Wales for a 10-day training programme.

The Nr team are the same squad that took the gold medal at the Rio Olympics in August, with some of the new recruits joining the squad for the first time in the last couple of months.

Nr coach Dave Prentice has been training the team since May for their first training camp at the academy, which is in Cardiff’s city centre.

He said the group were ready to take the sport to new heights and be the envy of other teams.

“It’s exciting, the amount of people that are interested in the sport is amazing,” he said.

“I’ve been working in the sports sector for more than 25 years and this is the first training that we’ve done that is organised by our national body.”

Dave Prentice with Wales’ Nr squad ahead of the Rio Games.

“This is a first for Wales, the first group that’s come together,” he added.

It’s the latest development in the country’s bid to make a run at the 2020 Olympics.

The country has had to take an ambitious route to the Games due to its low population and limited infrastructure.

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has been running a series of academies since 2010, with around 400 new players having already joined the squad this year.

In the run-up to the Rio games, it also announced the formation of a new coaching team, which has since been led by former England scrumhalf Jonathan Davies.

Nr are currently the most popular sport in Wales, with more than one in five adults having played at least one sport at some stage in their lives.

They have won three Six Nations titles, two of which have been contested by the home side, with Wales also winning the Six Nations last year.