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Several players from Aber Valley Wolves rugby league team featured for Wales as they reached the semi-finals of the Under-19s European Championships.
Billy Walkley, Scott Pritchard, Dafydd Morgan and Calum Jones were all part of the squad, which was beaten by an emotionally-charged England at the semi-final stage on Tuesday, September 6.
England were playing the match in memory of their assistant coach, Gary McMahon, who died suddenly following the end of the group stage matches.
A minute’s silence was held before the game, with the much-fancied English side running out 56-8 winners to set up a final clash with France.
Wales will take on Ukraine in the third-place play-off and will be looking to repeat their bronze medal finish at the last tournament, which was held four years ago.
Wales’ tournament in Udine, Italy, began on September 3, playing their six group games on the same day.
A10-0 victory over Serbia got the competition underway for Wales, before tournament hosts Italy were beaten 24-0.
Later that day, Wales beat Ireland 10-6, before a 2-0 defeat to eventual finalists France.
Wales then beat Ukraine 16-0, before falling to England 16-4 to wrap up the group stage.
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