The Welsh Rugby Union has just made history with their two new coaching appointments.
South African Warren Abrahams has been named as the new head coach for the Wales Women national rugby union team. He'll be joined by former Wales captain Rachel Taylor, who has been appointed as full-time women's national skills coach. Both of these appointments mark a significant milestone for the history books. Abrahams is the first black national coach in the Welsh Rugby Union, and Taylor is the first professional female coach at national level. We love to see it!
This will be the first time Abrahams coaches an international 15s team. Prior to this appointment he was head coach for USA women's 7s, and up until June he had been preparing them for the 2020 Olympics. Then came the announcement that the games would be postponed and sadly, Abrahams lost his job. Shortly after, he said in an interview that he was looking for a role that "sets my soul on fire". It looks like he's finally found it.
Rachel Taylor is also perfectly suited to her new role. She started playing rugby when she was 5 years old, no doubt encouraged by her dad, who was a rugby coach. During more than 10 years playing at professional level, she led both the 7s and 15s International Welsh Women’s senior teams. In recent years she has been very active in women's rugby at grass roots level, inspiring young women and girls to play the game and hopefully become Wales Women stars of the future.
This news will undoubtedly cheer up the Wales Women team after the recent disappointment of having their final Six Nations match against Scotland cancelled due to a member of the opposing team tested positive for coronavirus. Their main focus now will be on 2021. Both Abrahams and Taylor only have around 38 weeks to prepare Wales Women for the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand. But if anyone can do it, it's this dream team.
Even though there's no more women's rugby until next year, there's still quite a bit of men's rugby to look forward to. We're still only in Round 2 of the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup. Round 3 will take us to the end of November and we'll still have the finals to look forward to in early December.
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