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Celtic Problem: Ladies’s rugby event to increase to 6 groups

Sioned Harries
Wales’ Sioned Harries was one of some seasoned internationals who featured within the first Celtic Problem

The ladies’s Celtic Problem rugby event will increase to 6 groups because it returns for a second yr.

Eire, Scotland and Wales will every discipline two growth sides which is able to go face to face over 11 weeks of competitors, beginning on 18 December.

A 3-team event launched in January this yr with the goal of bridging the hole between girls’s home and worldwide matches.

It additionally gave gamers much-needed sport time earlier than the Ladies’s Six Nations.

Senior internationals Lisa Neumann, Sioned Harries and Abbie Fleming have been amongst these to function for Wales.

“Getting out on the pitch, mixing it with the Irish and Scottish sides allowed me to remind individuals of what I can do,” stated Neumann, who went on to be chosen for the Six Nations and WXV1 in New Zealand.

Fleming added: “There isn’t any substitute for enjoying and having the chance to impress the coaches was important for membership and nation.”

The Mixed Irish Provinces group received the inaugural title, beating the Scottish Thistles and WRU Growth XV.

The competitors is organised by the Irish, Scottish and Welsh rugby unions, with monetary assist from World Rugby.

World Rugby’s director of ladies Sally Horrox stated the suggestions from the primary yr had been “overwhelmingly optimistic”.

“It has been spectacular to see 24 gamers already happening to compete within the Ladies’s Six Nations, who may not have had the chance in any other case,” she stated.

“We’re wanting ahead to seeing the competitors develop as extra groups compete, we strengthen our pathways and enhance competitiveness on the highway to the Ladies’s Rugby World Cup in 2025.”

The 2024 Ladies’s Six Nations begins on the finish of March.

The WRU can be holding an open trial for its Celtic Problem groups on the Nationwide Centre of Excellence, Vale Resort on 2 and three December for all Welsh-qualified gamers competing in Welsh home rugby or English Premiership and Championship.

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