Young proud of Wales’ spirit

Date published: March 20 2017

Wales Women forwards coach Paul Young has expressed his pride in the team's performance in France on Saturday.

At the Stade Amédée-Domenech, home of Brive, Wales gave a good account of themselves in front of an estimated 12,000 French supporters. Whilst France eventually took the spoils with a 39-19 victory, the Welsh coaches took heart from their side's battling performance.

"I thought the team gave 110 percent. It's where we want to be, at that level," Young told the Wales website.

"Coming out here to France for our last game, in front of a huge crowd, we knew we had to front up from the start. We couldn't let France get their tails up."

Tries for Wales were scored by number eight Shona Powell-Hughes and two from tighthead Amy Evans, with fly-half Robyn Wilkins converting twice. 

"In fairness to the players, they gave everything and took the game to France," Young said. 

"We got into some good positions and were strong in the set-piece. We wanted to make changes early in the second half to give everybody an opportunity too, which we did." 

He admitted disappointment with the loss, but praised "a big improvement" in the team. 

"There were some big girls in that team and some good athletes," said Young.

"So we're just really pleased with the way our girls stood up to that."