Wales Girls head coach Warren Abrahams and captain Siwan Lillicrap have opened up on Wayne Pivac’s recommendation after he stopped by a coaching session this week.
Abrahams’ facet start their Six Nations marketing campaign on Saturday night time away to France (8pm kick-off, reside on BBC iPlayer), with the brand new head coach having named a new-look crew that includes 9 adjustments from their final match 12 months in the past. You may see the complete crew information right here.
Six Nations title-winning coach Pivac spent the morning together with his counterpart Abrahams and the squad on Thursday, telling Wales Girls they’ll show some extent to their doubters.
Abrahams believes sharing the experiences throughout Welsh rugby can solely be an excellent factor.
“Clearly, nice to have Wayne particularly down”, Abrahams mentioned. “We have learnt quite a bit from their journey, we noticed some similarities.
“Bear in mind, nobody’s speaking about us on the minute so there is not any strain on us, there’s solely the strain we placed on ourselves, so we are able to study a few of these classes. Some actually type phrases to the women as nicely.
“However most significantly we had Wayne down this week, we had Steve Phillips and Rob Butcher down.
“It simply reveals that though we’re within the girls’s programme, we’re representing the Wales badge so it is necessary to attach and unite as a rustic, before everything, however all of us characterize the identical badge and sharing these experiences throughout the board has been wonderful for the women.
“And it is a fantastic platform for us to take all these classes and transfer ahead, and who is aware of the place we are able to go?”
Wales captain Lillicrap revealed Pivac had praised the angle and energy of the squad after observing coaching,
“He mentioned that was the very first thing that stood out to him was our angle and energy and the way we utilized ourselves for the complete session, which is vital, actually,” ahead Lillicrap mentioned.
“In worldwide rugby, there is not any sitting again, there is not any hiding, there is not any resting, you have all the time set to work to your best possible skills and work laborious for that
“He was impressed with the coaching session and he had phrases of encouragement for us, and we are able to take a variety of studying over what the boys achieved this championship, and the way they did that as nicely.
“Wayne spoke about how they had been written off within the males’s Six Nations and nobody anticipated Wales to go and win the championship, and look the place they ended up, inspiring a nation and doing the nation proud with their performances.”
Pivac, who earned his first items of silverware this yr after being appointed in 2019, informed the gamers and training crew: “Offering the crew is targeted, well-prepared and you’ve got perception in yourselves, there’s no motive you possibly can’t exit and present what you are able to do, little question proving a number of individuals unsuitable on the best way.
“Most individuals would in all probability have positioned our (males’s) squad in about fifth place earlier than the beginning of the match. That’s really a fantastic place to be when persons are writing you off. Our marketing campaign simply reveals that if everybody is aware of their roles nicely and you’ve got a ‘play by play’ mentality, there is no such thing as a motive you possibly can’t rip up the shape guide.
“I loved watching the coaching session and was notably impressed with the communications expertise of the squad, that’s all the time a fantastic signal.”
WRU chairman Rob Butcher has additionally hung out with the squad, including: “We’re all wanting ahead to supporting Wales Girls at house on the BBC as they tackle France on Saturday night.
“With the Girls’s Six Nations going down individually from the boys’s match this yr, the main target is now on captain Siwan Lillicrap, head coach Warren Abrahams and the crew of gamers and coaches to characterize Wales at the moment. The transfer might have a helpful impact on women enjoying rugby which may solely be an excellent factor, particularly after a troublesome yr for all.”