Emmanuelli hails work of South Wales academy

South Wales Scorpions academy head coach Paul Emmanuelli has asserted just how much youth development is to both his club and to Welsh rugby league.

His comments follow the establishment of a new Under-20s side at the Scorpions, which enjoyed its first training session this week.

Twelve players out of the 17-man squad used by Wales coach John Kear against France on Friday evening came through the development structures in South Wales.

Emmanuelli is optimistic that that kind of progress can continue and reap even better rewards for the national team in the future.

“We had an amazing response from last night’s first training session,” he said.

“I was really pleased to see boys who have been lost from the system for a couple of years because of the temporary lack of pathway in some areas, coming back and looking as strong as ever.

“We’ve unearthed some amazing talent here and I think some will be good enough for a first team debut by the end of the 2016 should they show the potential we think they have in the under 20 matches that we’re organising.

“I’d like to thank Phil Carleton for coming down and giving them a good session plus I’d like to give special thanks to Zak Williams and Ben Jones, who took a lot of time out to phone around to people they thought had potential to play for the Scorpions and get them down to train.

“Sunday night was the first step to Scorpions’ long term future. We’re not producing players for other sides, these players are for our club.

“There’s a lot of hard work ahead of us but with the enthusiasm shown on Sunday night, the future for us and Wales is looking bright.”

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