Wales Mens Lacrosse

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Squad Hungary 2016

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.”

 

 

WALES SQUAD
Goalkeepers :
James Richardson – Cardiff
Simon Jones – Sheffield Steelers
 
Defence :
Mark Jones – Cheadle
Andrew Hopkins – Hillcroft
Silas Fuller - Cardiff
Dan Thomas - Cardiff
Rhod Evans – Sheffield Steelers
Ceri Hill - Cardiff
 
Midfield :
Rhodri Stanford - Hitchin
David Howie – Walcountian Blues
Eddie Owen Junior – Manchester Wacs
Matt Davies - Cardiff
Tom Rosser – East Grinstead
Adam WoodNorbury
Ryan Walker – Walcountian Blues
Sam Miles - Ruthin
Chris Turner – Hillcroft
 
Attack :
Eoin Dunne - Hillcroft
Andrew Gresham – British Columbia
Paul Simpson – Brooklands. Squad Captain
Robert Hopkins – Sheffield Steelers
James Perrin - Wilmslow
Jack Murray - Brooklands
 
Reserves :
Luke Hamilton – Aberystwyth University
Jamie Bodnar Horvath - Cardiff
Ashleigh Meyrick - Swansea
James Tiley - Cardiff
Paul Chapman - Cardiff
Ryan Martin – Walsh University
 
 
 
 
DRAGONS SQUAD
 
Goalkeepers :
Ben Marshall. – Newcastle University
Peter Dobson. – Rochdale
Kyle McAllister
 
Defence :
James Gibson - Cardiff
Tom Cox - Swansea
Huw Davies – Spencer
Patrick Dillon Hatcher.
Matt Jones - Ruthin
Aiden Thomas. – Southampton
Jon Mills - Hitchin
Marc Cork - Cardiff
Jason Jones. -   Wilmslow
Matt Parkes – Bristol Bombers
Charlie Ridings – Rochdale
Sam Hobby - Cardiff
 
Midfield : 
Sam King. - Cardiff
Nick Henderson Williams. – Reading Wildcats
Tom Miles- Ruthin
Ben Stacey. - University of South Wales
Rhys Morgan. – Hillcroft
Connor Johnson.- Swansea
Chris Lee - Cardiff
Nick Goodwin. - Cardiff
Myles Johnstone – Newcastle
Joe Harris – Timperley
Alex Russell - Cardiff
Alan Croft - Hitchin
Nick Furley - Bangor University
Rhys Hill - Cardiff
Toby Wilkinson - Swansea
Jack Hallett - Ruthin
Sam Griffiths - Ruthin
 
Attack :
Steve Pigeon – Norbury.
Ben Piper - Swansea
Alex Williams. – Leeds
George Floor - Swansea
Ben Brookes.  Ruthin
Mike Abraham. - Ruthin
Phil Hartley. - Ruthin
 
 
Staff :
Dan Funnell – Head Coach.
Rick Summers – Coach.
Eddie Owen Senior – Coach.
Phil Walker – Team Manager.
Joe Longley - Dragons Coach
Meghan McKay – Head Athletic Trainer.
Megan Hodun – Athletic Trainer.
Megan McBay - Athletic Trainer.
Owen Atkinson – Team Doctor