Wales Lacrosse has named its National Team and Dragons squads after a series of hotly-contested trials. Almost 100 players took part in four days of selection in Monmouth as the Dragon nation gathers its fire for 2016.
Eight players have graduated through the U19 ranks to make the senior side for the tournament in Hungary next summer.The talent surge has also allowed the coaches to select a strong Wales Dragons squad to join the national team, U19 and Welsh Universities at the British National Championships. (BNCs)
“The response was fantastic and the trials demonstrated the hunger to play for Wales along with a great squad attitude,” said Wales Head Coach Dan Funnell. “We have been building both our levels and depth of performance and the progress shone through the trials.
“We had record numbers attending with players from all the Welsh clubs, universities along with players currently with English clubs. “The Dragons team is now an integral part of the Welsh set-up and we are delighted with the enthusiasm and commitment shown at all levels of Wales Lacrosse.
“2016 is a big year and we are determined to have a crack at the BNCs and the Euros with the Dragon and National squads.” Attacker Paul Simpson retains his role as squad captain from the World Championships in Denver 2014 and Rhod Stanford returns in midfield engine room. The 23-man full squad is backed up by five reserves.
The Dragons features a wealth of experience and exciting new talent which will form a potent squad.
“They all should be proud of their selection and the opportunity to represent Wales,” added Coach Funnell, who is supported by assistant coaches Rick Summers, Eddie Owen and Joe Longley along with a strong athletic, medical and back-up team.
“We have entered a new era of Wales Lacrosse and the atmosphere in the camp is inspiring. Whether they are in the National Squad, the Dragons, U19s and Universities side are all part of a set up that has a clear goal of high performance, teamwork and the pride of being part of Wales Lacrosse.”