Wales A national rugby union team

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Wales A
Union Welsh Rugby Union
Emblem(s)the Prince of Wales's feathers
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The Wales A team were the second national rugby union team behind the Welsh national side. They have not played a game since April 2002.

Wales national rugby union team Nation rugby team from Wales

The Wales national rugby union team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 27 times outright. Wales' most recent championship and Grand Slam victory came in 2019.

On 20 February 2003, the Welsh Rugby Union were given permission to withdraw from the "A" team Six Nations Championship, citing costs as the primary reason. [1] In September 2007 it was reported that the union turned down an offer to enter a "Wales A" side into the 2008 Churchill Cup competition. [2] In August 2011, an agreement was reached between the Welsh Rugby Union and the Welsh Rugby Players Association which expressed a desire to bring back the side with match funding being assured. [3] In August 2014 it was announced that the Wales A team would return to playing from January 2015 onwards. [4]

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The side also has a history of playing matches against touring Southern Hemisphere sides, the last being a 34–15 defeat to South Africa in 2000. [6]

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